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In many parts of the world, tuk tuks are a crucial method of transportation. They are compact, cost-friendly and can give passengers an open-air experience that a traditional car cannot. And sometimes they’re used to set a Guinness World Record.


You wouldn’t generally think of a tuk tuk as a very speedy vehicle, but a guy named Matt Everard clearly wanted to change that perception. With a three-wheeled tuk tuk named Apinya that he bought on eBay in 2017, Everard spent £20,000 (about $25,000) over the course of five months to prepare it for the record run, according to a YouTube video. His modifications included a bigger engine and bigger rear wheels, presumably for grip.

The Guinness World Records required him to achieve a speed of over 68 mph with a passenger in order to set a new record, so Everard chose his cousin, Russell. It’s unclear if Russell volunteered for the job or if nobody else was available.


Anyway, to set a record speed run, your speed is measured over two consecutive runs in opposite directions. Everard’s final speed was an impressive 74.306 mph—a new record for fastest rickshaw, a GWR rep announced while presenting him with his award.

That’s quite fast, especially for a tuk tuk! In a car that’s all closed up and is rated for that speed with good brakes, it’s fine. But it has to be far sketchier in a tuk tuk. Russell is a braver person than I am for being willing to ride as a passenger, but I am curious if the speed would have been higher had Everard had used a more petite friend to ride along.

There is also a charitable aspect to all of this: Everard said that he did this whole thing to raise money for Haven Hospices in Essex, England. You can see his record run in the video below.

Writer at Jalopnik and consumer of many noodles.

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