Tarrant Takes on Toughest Test to Date

We have had word that one of the ever hard-working marshals on the British Hillclimb scene is taking part in a world record attempt during the middle of 2014.

Steve Tarrant JoGLE 2014

 

Many of you may recognise Steve Tarrant as the chap who marshals the Paddock Exit at Gurston Down Hillclimb, but he also marshals at some of the biggest race meetings in the world, both on this side of the pond and in the US.

Steve has always been active, whether as a schoolboy athlete, his involvement in marching bands, his love of travel, or motorsports officiating. But his life was to change on 24th June 2000 when he was involved in a fatal accident while marshalling the finish line at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. He cheated death FIVE TIMES, and despite losing a leg amongst many other injuries, he was both back at work as an IT specialist and marshalling again at race tracks within 2 years.

Since then he has worked towards being the equal of his marshal colleagues in new roles around the world, and also promoting motoring and motorsport for the disabled, through his involvement in organisations like Motorsport Endeavour and Accessible Motorsport. Whether it was organising a road rally or a visit to an F1 factory, he has always given his all.

During the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, he was the only wheelchair based medal and flower bearer, carrying gold medals to the podium at the sailing regattas at Weymouth. He also went to No 10 Downing Street to receive the Big Society Award from the Prime Minister, and to the BBC’s “Sports Personality of the Year” show, on behalf of his fellow games makers.

But this is now his own personal challenge, to prove to himself and others, that after such a life changing moment the positives that can be drawn from the negativity of the situation.

In 2012, Steve returned from his usual June mission to marshal at the Le Mans 24 Hours and headed straight to Peterborough Speedway Track for a charity record attempt. He succesfully attempted to beat the Guinness World Record for riding a mobility scooter the farthest distance in a 24 hour period, raising the record by 19 miles to it’s current level of 173.25 miles!

Steve Tarrant JoGLE

 

Now he is at it again though as he attempts a far larger challenge, and this time though he won’t be going round in circles.

Steve will be attempting to take the record for the quickest ride on a mobility scooter from John O’Groats to Lands End.

The record currently stands at 24 days and 9 hours, but Steve will be attempting to halve this mark to approximately 12 days.

As with all adventures of this type, financial and practical support is being sought from range of companies. Therefore if you wish to enquire further about sponsorship possibilities, then please contact us and we will put you in touch with Steve for more details.

Part of the challenge is to raise funds for Accessible Motorsport, a not-for-profit organisation which brings motorsport spirit to the disabled, the Guild of Motoring Writers’ Benevolent Fund and MacMillan Cancer Support, who provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care.

Fantastic news Steve, we wish you a huge amount of luck for this challenge, and we will certainly be following your progress.

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