Steve Tarrant, 51 from Poole in Dorset, in association with TGA, will attempt to travel the furthest distance ever in 24 hours on a mobility scooter at the 2012 Mobility Roadshow (Peterborough Arena, 21-23 June), starting at 2pm on the 21 June 2012.
Steve Tarrant is an inspiring less able motorsport marshal who survived a highly publicised near-fatal crash incident at Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2000. He marshals at around 30-40 motorsport events per year such as the Le Mans 24 Hours, Petit Le Mans at Atlanta and Goodwood meetings. Steve lost a leg above the knee and suffered multiple injuries when an F1 racing car collided with him at 100mph whilst marshaling on the finish line at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Steve managed to miraculously pull through following this terrible accident and now intends to establish a new Guinness World Record on a TGA mobility scooter similar to the one he uses on a daily basis. He will be simultaneously raising funds for two charities - Accessible Motorsport who help less able individuals enjoy racing and the charity associated with TGA at the Mobility Roadshow (Stand B19), the Royal British Legion (Stand OS40).
The current Guinness World Record for 'The Greatest distance covered in 24 hours by a mobility scooter' stands at 247.84 km (154 miles), which was achieved in 13 hours 50 minutes by Jackie Weeden on 15 May 2011. Steve intends to smash this record as he explains: "Since surviving my horrific ordeal at Goodwood, I have always had a steely determination and thrive on a challenge, I am so up for this! With TGA Mobility supplying the scooter and pit crew, along with support from the Mobility Roadshow organisers, Mobility Choice, I will be able to tackle this world record in a unique location. The Speedway 'Ring' within the Peterborough Arena is the perfect setting for me to undergo this attempt and I have calculated that approximately 750 laps are required to beat the record, a very tall order - but I am ready for anything. As I regularly marshal for lengthy periods of time, combined with my motorsport knowledge, I feel confident that I can do this and can't wait for the starting clacson to sound!"
Steve will be riding through the night on a robust TGA Breeze S4 mobility scooter that is designed for durability and comfort. This is the same model that recently won the extreme mobility scooter challenge on BBC Top Gear. The highly experienced Dom Thomas, TGA's Service Manager, will be leading the pit crew team and will be on hand to supervise battery changes and assist Steve if any unlikely technical issues arise. Daniel Stone, TGA's Managing Director comments: "When we conceived this world record attempt, Steve was our obvious choice to drive the Breeze as he has unsurpassed knowledge and experience of both motorsport and mobility. With the combination of Steve onboard, the Mobility Roadshow as the ideal setting and a high performance TGA Breeze, I feel sure we can achieve this feat. I thank Mobility Choice for making this exciting opportunity possible and as ever look forward to a busy and lively show."
Jacqui Jones, Executive Director of the Mobility Roadshow concludes: "We fully admire Steve's determination to tackle this amazing World Record and wish him all the very best of luck. As the original consumer mobility event, The Mobility Roadshow is such a unique event in so many ways and this record attempt by TGA and Steve will further enhance the excitement around the Peterborough Arena this year. We would encourage all members of the public with an interest in mobility to visit the show as it is a free event and to help cheer Steve on!"
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