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Fastest shed beats own speed record

Kevin Nicks managed to narrowly beat his record just three months after his motorised shed’s engine blew up.

A shed on wheels has broken its own land speed record for the second time in two years.

The Fastest Shed, driven by creator Kevin Nicks, hit a top speed of 101.581mph during the record bid at Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire, on Sunday.

The motorised shed, which boasts a 400BHP turbo-charged Audi RS4 engine, narrowly beat its own record of 101.046mph set just last year at the beach in west Wales.

Mr Nicks said he was “absolutely delighted” to have set another world record in his homemade motor, just three months after its engine blew up during another race in York.

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Kevin Nicks (centre right) alongside his Fastest Shed on Sunday (Jason King)

Mr Nicks, from Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, said: “It’s a good result. I had to start all over again when its engine blew up, and then had three months solid of mechanical problems.

“Because I’ve had so many issues I didn’t want to absolutely cane it.

“I went a bit steadier because I was afraid it would blow up again.

“But despite that I’ve managed to set a new record, and I’m absolutely delighted.

“It’s not a huge gain, but it’s a record. Only just beating it will allow me to come back and try to beat it again.”

The Fastest Shed set the new record at the Straightliners “Top Speed” event, which was held over September 22 and 23.

Pendine Sands is one of the longest flattest beaches in the UK and has hosted numerous land speed attempts going back to the 1920s.

On September 25 1924, Sir Malcolm Campbell set the record at 146.16 mph before breaking it the following year when he reached 150.75mph in his famous Blue Bird racing car.

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