A MOTOR sport marshal injured in a car crash is attempting a new world record.
Steve Tarrant, 53, from Poole, survived a crash while he was marshalling on the finish line at the Festival of Speed at Goodwood in 2000.
He lost his leg above the knee and suffered multiple injuries when an F1 racing car collided with him at more than 100mph.
But now Steve hopes to drive a TGA mobility scooter around Goodwood Motor Circuit the greatest possible distance in 24 hours.
“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!” said Steve.
“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.
“I have estimated if track conditions are fair, I can achieve around 210 miles on an eight-mph Breeze that hopefully will never be broken again.
“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 which was so fantastic at caring for my late mother.”
Steve will begin the attempt at a Guiness World Record at 6pm on Saturday, May 17.
The scooter, a TGA Breeze S4, has been proven for its resilience after it won the BBC Top Gear extreme mobility scooter challenge in 2012.
Daniel Stone, TGA’s managing director added: “We are proud to be supporting Steve on his latest world record attempt.
“Since his terrible accident, his grit and determination have to be fully admired and this forthcoming challenge will once again demonstrate his impressive strength of character. We wish Steve the very best of luck for his attempt.”
Since the accident, Steve has continued to marshal internationally at events such as the Le Mans 24 Hours and Petit Le Mans in Atlanta.
He was also a medal-bearing games-maker at the Olympics and Paralympics which led to his acceptance of the Big Society award from prime minister David Cameron.
To add to the challenge, he will be driving the distance on punctured tyres – setting off from the start line over a bed of nails. The wheels will be protected by a puncture sealant system manufactured by Poole’s Sales Science – which means that even though he will be driving with nails in his tyres, they shouldn’t lose pressure.
The current record for the greatest distance by a mobility scooter is 150 miles.