Friday, December 17, 2010

World's Fastest Mobility Scooter: An Interview With Colin Furze

Colin Furze is a stuntman, filmmaker and plumber from Stamford, England. He holds several World Records for stunts such as building the longest motorcycle and creating the world's biggest bonfire. Not everything he does is death defying. Some of what he does crosses stunts with fun, such as serving "fast food" on the highway. But not the type of fast food you have eaten. Colin delivers his fast food to customers while leaning out of a trailer speeding along a highway. Furze calls himself "Uncle Fuz" and calls his fun "A cross between top gear, scrapheap challenge, jackass and my brain". Some of his videos have gotten alot of attention such as when Colin was riding a scooter on the "The Wall Of Death" and it crashed!

Recently Colin built and raced the world's fastest mobility scooter. Watch Colin flying on his mobility scooter with the oversized engine:


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I contacted Colin Furze to find out more. Read this interview with Uncle Fuz:

Gene: Where did you get the idea to create and drive the world's fastest mobility scooter?

Colin: I had a scooter given to me to play with from the local shop about 6 months before. It was old and not really good enough to sell. I have had a few ideas what to do with it but I saw someone going really slow on one (battries dying I think) and thought what's the fastest these can go and whats the fastest anyone has ever been on one? I looked on the net but there wasn't anything impressive so I contacted guinness to apply to set a record. Then off I went.

Gene: What is the fastest you have gone on your mobility scooter?

Colin: The fastest is 71.59mph which was done on 14th October, 2010 at Santa Pod Raceway in Northamptonshire England

Gene: What did you do to get it to go so fast? Just replace the engine?

Colin: At first I wanted to do it with an electric motor. But motors that will get you up to those speeds are expensive so instead I took the engine out my motocross bike and fitted that. The hardest thing was hiding it all. Guinness stated it must look like a normal mobility scooter so bigger wheels and things where out of the question.

Gene: I dont think that mobility scooters were designed for that kind of speed. Did you do anything to make it more stable?

Colin: Ha, no nothing at all. So it was very unstable and eratic at speeds over about 20mph so at 71 its abit of a hand full.

Gene: Have you made it into the Guinness Book of World Records?

Colin: As of yet I haven't had conformation from them to say they have approved it (you have to send all the evidence of the timing) But should know pretty soon I hope.

Gene: Do you have any suggestions for someone else who is considering modifying their mobility scooter?

Colin: Yes find the biggest scooter to start with it will make it easier, hehe.

Gene: Do you have any other plans for your mobility scooter?

Colin: Yes I'm working on a Christmas themed modification and hope it will be ready at the end of the week but its proving quite hard. Also I might be making a DVD of these as I have lots of film of doing things with and on mobility scooters and simler things but havent decided to relese that or just put them on youtube. What do you think? Would there be a market for that sort of video? Its all comedy based as you can guess.

Gene: Colin, I am not sure. I have seen some pretty wild stuff on your YouTube Channel. So, if it is like that, it could be pretty popular. I wish you the best of luck and if you have any news about your mobility scooter plans, please keep us udated.

Read more about mobility scooters from the Mobility Scooter website.

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