Engineer creates world's fastest wheelie bin after reaching speeds of over 40mph

An eccentric design engineer has set a new Guinness World Record after reaching speeds of over 40mph in a wheelie bin.

Andy Jennings, 28, transformed a household rubbish bin into a racing motor by adding a motorbike engine, a gear box, ignition, a bike seat, and the steering from a mobility scooter.

Guinness World Record officials said he would have to reach a speed of over 30mph in order to beat the current fastest wheelie bin. But the Wiltshire engineer exceeded this goal, hitting an impressive 43mph on the runway.

The Sunday event was held at Elvington Airfield by motorsport racing company Straightliners, and saw a number of landspeed records broken by participants.

Alongside Andy’s wheelie bin motor was the world’s fastest motorised toilet, which reached nearly 45mph, and the world’s fastest garden shed, which hit a whopping speed of 106.1mph.

One of the real stars of the show, however, was self-confessed ‘adrenaline junkie’ Jason Liversidge, 44, who reached almost 65mph in a motorised wheelchair – despite being 95% paralysed.

Both Andy and Jason said they were ‘chuffed’ to have smashed the targets set by Guinness World Record officials.

Andy said: ‘It’s been a great day all round. I got my record, with 45.35mph – which is well above the target I was set of 30mph, so I was really happy with that.

‘It was a bit hairy on my first attempt, because it was quite windy on the runway and I got caught in the crosswinds, so it was pretty bumpy, and pulling to the left and the right. Once I got to the end of the runway, it was a really nice feeling looking back and seeing all the spectators there cheering me on.’

Andy’s world record attempt was in memory of his best friend Ben Ellis, who passed away in June. Ben was left comatose for two years when a blood clot formed in his brain, and was permanently unable to speak or move after he came round.

Andy said: ‘Ben would have been proud of my achievement here today. I had some of his family on the phone not longer after I got the record, asking how it had gone and congratulating me.

‘Some of the spectators at the airfield also asked how they can donate money to the fundraising page I’ve set up for his family, too – so that’s been good.’

Jason’s wife Liz, from East Yorkshire, also said her husband had done ‘absolutely amazingly’. She added: ‘He achieved an amazing 66.82mph in his motorised wheelchair – beating the 60mph that he needed.

‘That would be an achievement for anyone – but for someone who is almost completely immobile, it really is one hell of an achievement. He’s absolutely thrilled, and I’m so, so proud of him. It’s been a very emotional day.’

Jason, a dad-of-two, was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2013. Determined not to let the illness hold him back, he has previously scaled Mount Snowdon in a wheelchair, and abseiled off the Humber Bridge in Hull.

Liz said: ‘It was really nerve-wracking watching him trying to break this world record, but mainly because I was watching him wondering if it was fast enough. It was also a really cold day, and because he’s immobile he gets very, very cold quite quickly so we weren’t sure he was even going to be able to do it.

‘But he’s been dreaming of this day since about 2017, so he’s really chuffed to have done it.’

Trevor Duckworth, CEO and Chief Timekeeper of Straightliners, said: ‘Lots of records have been broken or established this weekend, it’s been quite a fun time. We’ve had a motorised toilet, a wheelie bin, a garden shed and a wheelbarrow. People do come up with some quite crazy ideas – but we’re here to help them.

‘The star of the show was probably Jason Liversidge. He was the one who brought a little tear to the eye.

‘The event has worked out really well, even with the covid situation. Everybody who came was wearing face coverings, and we’ve had sanitising stations around the airfield. I think people have just been glad to be able to get out and do something a bit different.’

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