Technical problems thwart Manx team’s record bid

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It was a race against the clock for madcap Manx mechanics Garage Insanity – as their attempt to enter the record books was thwarted by technical problems.

Their Granborghini, with a top speed of well over 100mph, had been widely expected to smash the record for the world’s fastest mobility scooter when it competed in the PokerStar’s Drag & Drift event at Jurby.

Pat 1 makes its record breaking run. The Manx team, Garage Insanity, were less successful after encountering technical problems

Pat 1 makes its record breaking run. The Manx team, Garage Insanity, were less successful after encountering technical problems

But problems began when the event’s co-organisers Straightliners ruled the scooter’s original tyres were unsafe. Go-kart tyres were fitted but that made the vehicle too unstable.

Richard Underwood, Granborghini’s test rider, said ‘After such a big build up it’s a massive disappointment – but that’s racing.

‘I appreciate the wheels were not designed for racing. But we only had two days’ notice to make changes so it was a bit of a rush job. ‘We made a go-kart sub-axle to fit on the front but that turned out to be extremely dangerous. I could not steer it in a straight line. On the first test run it nearly flipped me off - I ended up on two wheels which was not particularly nice.’

With the clock ticking, the scooter’s original hubs were re-machined to better fit the go-kart tyres in a bid to make another attempt at the record – which currently stands at 72mph.

But it was not to be. Richard said: ‘It did feel better but it was way too twitchy on the front end. We are all disappointed. Still, nobody was injured.’

The Granborghini has been due to race the Postman Pat Van, th world’s fastest coin operated ride, which was one of the star attractions at Jurby, clocking up 102mph.

But now Garage Insanity plans to race Pat1 at the Flame and Thunder event next month at the Santa Pod raceway in Northamptonshire.

Richard said: ‘We are going to concentrate on the mobility scooter, get it running properly and in a straight line.’

Fine weather on Saturday attracted good crowds to the event at Jurby airfield.

Other crowd pleasers were Mark Flavell’s Saab Funny Car which hit 157mph in 9.4 seconds and Spenser Tidswell’s 1949 Ford Popular ‘Problem Child’ which made 135mph in 10.5 seconds.

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