Disabled motor sport marshal smashes endurance record


A marshal who suffered horrific injuries during a crash at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2000 has broken a world record for the furthest distance covered on a mobility scooter in 24 hours.

Steve Tarrant, from Poole, chose to return to Goodwood to attempt to break his own record, which, until this week, stood at 170.63 miles. The challenge was carried out with the assistance of mobility scooter firm TGA, which loaned Tarrant an S4 GT scooter for the occasion.

The event took place on 18 May, when Tarrant drove through the night around a prescribed course marked out around the Chichester circuit. More than 1800 laps were completed, with the final distance totalling 190.2 miles – smashing the old record by nearly 20 miles.

Tarrant told C&SC: "The last 24 hours have been truly unforgettable for me and even though it was gruelling at times, I never had any doubt that I would achieve this new world record.”

Despite his accident in 2000, which resulted in him losing a leg, Tarrant is still a passionate supporter of motor sport and a keen marshal, taking part in events such as the Le Mans 24 Hours. He was also Games Maker at the 2012 London Olympics.

Tarrant used his latest record attempt to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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