Steve Tarrant on a mobility scooter

Later today, at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in the UK, an unusual electric vehicle world record attempt will take place. The challenge? To take a particular style of EV further in 24 hours than anyone has ever gone before. The vehicle in question? A mobility scooter.

Starting at 6 pm local time, Steve Tarrant will hop onto the scooter - which has a maximum speed of 10 miles per hour – and try to ride around for a full day. Why would anyone subject himself to this slow-paced torture? Well, Tarrant is a disabled motor sport Marshal who lost a leg in a marshalling accident 14 years ago - at Goodwood, no less. He still loves racing and competition, though, and participated in the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 as a medal and flower bearer and as a games maker. His self-imposed challenge today is to go 200 miles around Goodwood and to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support. In a prepared statement, Tarrant said, "In theory, 215 miles is the maximum distance possible on a 10mph vehicle, so 200 is quite ambitious. Reliability permitting, however, I'd say I'm in good shape."

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GOODWOD TO HOST AMBITIOUS 24-HOUR WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT

Goodwood Motor Circuit will play host to an ambitious World Record attempt this weekend as disabled motor sport Marshal Steve Tarrant bids to go further in 24 hours than anybody else in history – on a Mobility Scooter!

Tarrant, 53, from Poole in Dorset, lost a leg in an accident while marshalling 14 years ago, but has maintained his passion for motor sport by regularly donning his orange overalls at some of the world's greatest circuits – including Goodwood – in the seasons since then.

In addition to his motor sport exploits, Tarrant was a medal-bearing gamesmaker at the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 and was presented with a Big Society Award from Prime Minister David Cameron afterwards.

Attempting to secure a place in history is nothing new for Tarrant. He previously succeeded in breaking the existing 170-mile distance record for the distance covered in 24 hours, only to see his effort unratified for official purposes on a technicality.

This time he is aiming to complete 200 miles of a specially-devised Tarmac circuit at Goodwood while at the same time raising money for MacMillan Cancer Support. His vehicle will be a TGA Breeze S4 GT Mobility Scooter, capable of 10 miles per hour.

Tarrant's will begin his world record attempt at 1800 on Saturday, 17 May and is scheduled to finish at 1800 on Sunday, 18 May. Spectators are welcome to come along and show their support from 1800-1900 on Saturday and after 0800 on Sunday.

Steve Tarrant said: "It's fantastic to have such an historic location as Goodwood to make this record attempt. The course I'll be using is a hard Tarmac surface, which will provide a consistent level of grip throughout the day and night and should put me in good shape to break the record. In theory, 215 miles is the maximum distance possible on a 10mph vehicle, so 200 is quite ambitious. Reliability permitting, however, I'd say I'm in good shape."

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