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Poole motorsport marshall aims for mobility scooter record
A MOTORSPORT marshal from Poole who survived a horrifying collision with an F1 car is making a world record attempt on a mobility scooter.
Steve Tarrant’s life was changed forever when he was hit by the Lotus travelling at more than 100mph at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 12 years ago while marshalling at the finish line.
The horrific accident claimed the life of driver John Dawson-Damer and fellow marshal Andrew Carpenter.
Steve was thrown ten feet into the air, his right leg was severed, his left shattered.
He stopped breathing, had a rupture to his stomach and a gash to his head.
Miraculously doctors saved his life, and he fought back from the brink – returning to work less than a year later. He is still marshalling up to 40 motorsports events every year.
The 51-year-old now aims to secure a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the greatest distance covered in 24 hours on a mobility scooter.
The current record stands at 154 miles – but Steve is hoping to smash it.
“Since surviving my horrific ordeal at Goodwood, I have always had steely determination and thrive on a challenge,” he said. “I am so up for this.”
Steve will be making the record attempt on a TGA Mobility scooter at the 2012 Mobility Roadshow at Peterborough Arena on June 21, where he will be raising money for charities Accessible Motorsport and The Royal British Legion.
He added: “I have calculated that approximately 750 laps are required to beat the record.
“It’s a tall order – but I am ready for anything. As I regularly marshal for lengthy periods of time, combined with my motorsport knowledge, “I feel confident that I can do this. I can’t wait for the starting claxon to sound.”
Support Steve at www.justgiving.com/steve-tarrant