Motorsport marshal almost killed in 100mph Formula 1 smash to attempt mobility scooter world record (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Motorsport marshal almost killed in 100mph Formula 1 smash to attempt mobility scooter world record
A DISABLED motorsport marshal who was almost killed in a horrific 100mph formula one smash is poised to attempt a world record – for the second time.
Steve Tarrant, from Poole, is aiming to smash the world record for the greatest distance covered in 24-hours on a mobility scooter.
Steve, aged 53, lost a leg above the knee after the crash on the finishing line at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2000.
Against all odds, he managed to pull through the accident aftermath.
He continues to marshal at prestigious motorsport events such as the Le Mans 24 Hours race.
“Since surviving my horrific ordeal at Goodwood, I have always had a steely determination and thrive on a challenge,” he said.
Next month Steve will drive his TGA Breeze S4 GT mobility scooter around Goodwood Motor Circuit, near Chichester, in an attempt to clinch the record.
Steve, who will be travelling at a modest 8mph, hopes to break the current 150 mile record.
He’s aiming for around 210 miles – a distance he hopes will be tough for others to beat.
Steve notched up 173 miles during his last endurance attempt in 2012.
But this was never officially ratified by Guinness.
He said: “I am so up for this.
“For sure, tackling a 24-hour record from past experience is a tall order, but I’m feeling confident that Guinness will approve the evidence this time.
“Crucial to this will be the reliability of the mobility scooter.
“As I own a TGA Vita, I have complete faith the Breeze will deliver the consistent performance I need.
“I am well on the way with my final preparations and intend to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support who were so fantastic at caring for my late mother.”
Unusually, Steve will start his attempt by deliberately driving over a bed of nails to puncture his tyres, which will be injected with a TGA sealant system to highlight its performance.
His attempt will take place on May 17.
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