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'World's fastest shed' attempts airfield record

Kevin Knicks aimed to beat last year's world record of 88mph in his motorised shed Image copyright Phil Evans
Image caption Kevin Knicks from Oxfordshire aimed to beat last year's world record of 88mph in his motorised shed

"The world's fastest shed" and a jet-powered hearse were among wacky vehicles attempting world speed records.

Ian King broke a standing start record at the annual Straightliners UK weekend at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire, on his Gulf Oil Top Fuel Drag Bike.

Organisers said he made a two-way average of 9.5215 seconds.

Kimberly Schijven, from Holland, was the first female rider to complete a kilometre wheelie.

She reached a speed of 139.7mph (224.8kmph).

The Gulf Oil Top Fuel Drag Bike is said to be one of the fastest-accelerating motorbikes in the world.

Straightliners UK said it can out-accelerate "most vehicles from a standing start", including all Formula One cars and even Thrust SSC and F15 Jet Fighter planes.

However, the speed events were overshadowed when a 43-year-old man was airlifted to hospital after he crashed his gas turbine motorcycle.

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Image caption Ian King's Gulf Oil Top Fuel Drag Bike is a modified 1500hp Puma Engineering motorcycle and was in the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme's 'Partially Streamlined 1350cc to 1600CC' class, Straightliners UK said

Drivers attempted British, European and World speed records on conventional high-powered bikes and four wheel vehicles.

Unusual vehicles also went for records, including the Silver Bullet, a high-powered sled ridden by 72-year-old Trevor Duckworth, who started the event 11 years ago.

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Image caption Kimberly Schijven reached 139.7 mph as the first female rider to complete a kilometre wheelie
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Image caption The Monowheel, Atomic Infinity was ridden by Tom Anabel who set a new world record of 64.276 mph (previously 62 mph)
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Image caption Trevor Duckworth, 72, pictured here on Bandit, holds 30 UK and World records and started the annual event
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Image caption Matt McKeown on his jet-powered shopping trolley set an unofficial world record of 61.18 mph new world record
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Image caption Matt McKeown also drove a jet-powered hearse

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