Plenty of blokes buy themselves a sports car in middle age – but 55-year-old Kevin Nicks has gone one better and got himself a high-speed wheelbarrow.
Kevin built the 36mph three-wheeled garden beast to show off at a bonkers motoring event at Elvington Airfield, North Yorks.
He’s no stranger to high-performance gardening equipment – he’s also the proud owner of the world’s fastest shed.
The Elvington event, organised by Straightliners, invited 20 “speed heads” to the airfield to try to smash top speed records of various conventional and unconventional motors.
The thrill-seeker said he felt like he was going to die at one point after a gust of wind nearly threw him out of the unconventional racer but he managed to clock a top speed of 36mph – the fastest a wheelbarrow has ever gone.
The custom-built wheelbarrow is powered by an old Honda moped engine which has been fitted to the back.
Kevin has already contacted Guinness about confirming his World Record and hopes to have his official notification soon.
Kevin, who from Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, said: “No one has ever done something like this before – no wheelbarrow has flown down at the speeds I was going.”
“It’s thrilling and absolutely bonkers to drive it,” he said.
“But it felt amazing.
“It was a bit breezy on the runway with the wind really trying to kill me – but that’s all part of the fun.
“You get an adrenaline rush, it’s simply fantastic.”
It didn’t cost Kevin any money to build as he used scraps he had lying around the house.
He began to build the record-breaking barrow just a couple of weeks into lockdown and it took roughly 12 days to complete.
The dad-of-one said: “We’ve been in this horrible lockdown and I’ve spoken to friends who are really struggling with their mental health.
“I thought if my friends are struggling I’m sure a lot of people in this country are feeling the same way.”
“I wondered what I could do in my little way to help,” he said.
“And the one thing I know how to do is make things that shouldn’t go fast, go very fast.
“I like being creative and thinking out of the box.
“I want people to go out and build something. I’ve purposely set my budget for this at zero because you can build anything with whatever you have at your disposal.”
Kevin added: “Considering it’s made out of scraps I think it turned out absolutely brilliantly.”
He had tested the wheelbarrow a few times in the parking lot but never raced it down at these mind boggling speeds.
The gardener added: “A lot of people call me eccentric but maybe people are just boring because I think I’m normal.
“I just want to have fun and I want everyone to have fun as well.”
Kevin also holds another speed world record after driving a shed, which he used to commute to the airfield at the weekend, at 101.581mph in 2017.