Leeds & West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire pair claim toilet speed record

Media playback is unsupported on your device
Media captionTrevor Duckworth, the man who designed and built the toilet said he was "absolutely delighted"

Two men from West Yorkshire are claiming a new world land speed record for a motorised toilet.

The lavatory, ridden by Shaun Walker from Brighouse, reached 70.9mph (114 km/h) at Elvington Airfield near York.

Trevor Duckworth, the man who designed and built the toilet said he was "absolutely delighted".

The result has to be ratified by Guinness World Records, which has the current record as 42.25mph (68 km/h) set in Italy in 2011.

In 2012, a Canadian stuntwoman Jolene Van Vugt recorded a speed of 46mph (75km/h) in Sydney, although this appears not to have been verified as a world record.

'Flushed with success'

Mr Duckworth said the record was broken in just one attempt run.

"We are very, very flushed with success," he said.

"It's been fun building. It's been fun with all the jokes and the backchat about it.

"It's been absolutely brilliant."

Mr Duckworth said he is now aiming to build the world's first toilet to break the 100mph (160km/h) barrier.

Related Topics

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites