Mechanic Creates World’s Fastest Wheelbarrow

“World’s fastest motorcycle,” “world’s fastest car,” world’s fastest truck,” but what about… er… world’s fastest “something else”? Say no more because a mechanic in the UK created the world’s fastest wheelbarrow.

38-year-old Dylan Phillips built the wheelbarrow in his shed in Crymych, Pembrokeshire, before unleashing it at the Straightliners Speed Week 2024 at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire, where it hit 84km/h. It beat his own record 74km/h.

Dylan completed the mandated two runs through a speed trap on the 100m course in the machine that’s part wheelbarrow, part scrap scooter.

He said: “It’s uncomfortable and it’s terrifying. Slowing down is the issue – it’s only got brakes at the front.”

Like all crazy ideas, Phillips admitted that he thought about it in a pub. Talk about giving the expression “hold my beer” it literal meaning, eh.

“At the moment I’m just happy with it as it is but that’s the thing with being an engineer – you start to dream bigger,” he said.

“I’d be over the moon to be honest, because it just encourages innovation and it would probably motivate me to go and try again and go faster.”

Phillip’s efforts earned him a place in the Guiness World Record book, but you can be sure he will beat the record again.

Wahid's lust for motorcycles was spurred on by his late-Dad's love for his Lambretta on which he courted, married his mother, and took baby Wahid riding on it. He has since worked in the motorcycle and automotive industry for many years, before taking up riding courses and testing many, many motorcycles since becoming a motojournalist. Wahid likes to see things differently. What can you say about a guy who sees a road safety message in AC/DC's "Highway to Hell."

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