A DISABLED motorsport marshal who survived a near-fatal crash, is attempting to set a new world record this weekend by driving a mobility scooter the furthest distance ever in 24 hours.
Steve Tarrant, 53, from Poole, will begin his attempt at 6pm on Saturday at Goodwood Motor Circuit, the location of his highly publicised accident back in 2000.
Steve lost a leg above the knee and suffered multiple injuries when an F1 racing car was involved in a collision with him at over 100mph whilst he was marshalling on the finish line.
Steve, who still marshals at international events, said: “I have always had a steely determination and thrive on a challenge, I am so up for this.
“I have estimated if track conditions are fair, I can achieve around 210 miles on an 8mph Breeze. Crucial to this will be the reliability of the mobility scooter – as I own a TGA Vita, I have complete faith it will deliver the consistent performance I need.
“I am also well on the way with my final preparations and intend to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support who were so fantastic when caring for my late mother.” Not only will Steve be attempting to smash the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance, he will also attempt to complete the driving challenge on punctured tyres which have been injected with a revolutionary new sealant system, manufactured by Poole-based Sales Science Company spokesman Geoff Chown explained: “When the lights go green, Steve will drive his scooter over a bed of nails and then proceed to drive for 24 hours non-stop and hopefully break the current world record of over 150 miles.
“We met Steve a year ago and love his passion for life, he loves a challenge and we’re behind him all the way.”