Motorist breaks world record for top speed in TUK-TUK

A mad-cap motorist has sped his way into the record books after travelling at an incredible 74mph – inside a tiny TUK-TUK.

Matt Everard, 49, purchased the three-wheeled ‘Bangkok taxi’ in a drunken stupor five months ago and has since spent £20,000 on renovations.

Today (13/5) the thrill-seeking businessman took it to Elvington airfield near York, North Yorks, and put his pedal to the metal

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Stunned crowds, including Guinness World Records adjudicators, watched on in amazement as Matt left the previous record of 68mph in the dust.

Matt, who’s from Billericay, Essex, said: “We’ve beaten the record. We came, we saw, we conquered.

“It was such a buzz, brilliant fun. I want to go and do it again.”

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The married father of two added: “I’d like to go and have a beer now.”

Matt, who runs a freight firm, bought the vehicle, a 1971 Barrington Freight tuk-tuk, from eBay for £3,000 during a drunken night out.

His renovation involved tearing out the feeble 350cc engine and replacing it with a much more powerful 1300cc fuel-injected motor.

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After five months of toiling away Matt today (13/5) claimed the record alongside his cousin Russell Shearman, who was in the back.

The attempt was overseen by Guinness World Record adjudicators and the UK Timing Association.

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Auto rickshaws, commonly known as tuk-tuks, are motorised versions of the traditional pulled rickshaw or cycle rickshaw.

The unique-looking vehicles are a common form of transport in many countries with tropical climates such as India, Thailand and Cambodia.

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