‘Britain’s fastest shed’ gears up for world land speed record attempt in North Wales

‘Britain’s fastest shed’ gears up for world land speed record attempt in North Wales
‘Britain’s fastest shed’ gears up for world land speed record attempt in North Wales

A motorised shed, which recorded a top speed of 101mph, will attempt to smash the world speed record in North Wales next month.

The modified Volkswagen Passat will go head to head with some of the most powerful street bikes and cars at the Straightliners Speed Sprint in Gwynedd on 13 and 14 July.

The shed is mostly used as a mobile billboard but its owner Kevin Nicks hopes it will make people smile and improve their day, North Wales Live reported.

The spectacle at the Llanbedr Airfield will include categories for all types of bikes and cars, with awards for the fastest within each class, a spokesperson said.

All speed record attempts will be officially timed and recorded by the UK Timing Association.

Souped up shed

Mr Nicks, of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, assembled the wheeled building, which is dubbed “Britain’s fastest shed”.

It broke its previous 80mph (129kph) record in May last year at a land speed event at Pendine Sands in Carmarthenshire.

Mr Nicks, a 54-year-old gardener, reportedly spent more than £13,000 modifying the vehicle.

It has a 2.6-litre V6 petrol engine with additional features including a button to open the doors automatically, three cameras for better vision and a dash cam.

‘I didn’t want to cane it’

After Mr Nicks set his record last year, he told the BBC: “It couldn’t have gone better, I’m so happy.

“I had to start all over again when its engine blew up, and then had three months solid of mechanical problems.

“Because I’ve had so many issues I didn’t want to absolutely cane it. I went a bit steadier because I was afraid it would blow up again.

“But despite that I’ve managed to set a new record, and I’m absolutely delighted.”

Drivers at the Welsh event will be able to submit times to bodies such as Guinness World Records.