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WATCH: On your bike! Speed demon aiming for records

By Liam Keen | Penn | News | Published:

A drag-racing fanatic from Wolverhampton is teaming up with a bicycle enthusiast to tackle two world record speed attempts.

Neil (left) and Andy pose with the custom-made bike and the Red Victor's bonnet

Andy Frost is aiming to smash the quarter-mile speed record for a street legal car when he gets behind the wheel of his Red Victor 3 next year - reclaiming the title he held between 2012 and 2014.

The 57-year-old will be looking to hit speeds of 252mph in just six seconds when he travels to Bahrain later in 2019.

WATCH: Find out more on the challenge

On your bike! Speed demon aiming for two world speed record attempts

The team were set to travel in the first couple months of the New Year but after an issue with engine parts, and missing the deadline to ship the vehicle to the Middle East, the car will sit in parts in Wolverhampton until later on in 2019.

In the meantime the owner of Penn Autos in Springhill Lane is teaming up with another adrenaline-junkie to take on the cycling land speed record.

Andy met Neil Campbell, from Wirral in Merseyside, after the 44-year-old got in contact through a mutual friend.

Neil, who is an architect in his day job, holds the European, British and Commonwealth bicycle speed record of 149mph.

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He's now entrusting Andy, with the help of his Red Victor 3, to tackle the world record that currently stands at 183mph.

Andy Frost with his fully-built Red Victor 3.

Andy will drive his car with Neil tethered behind on his £10,000 custom made pedal bike.

The Red Victor will pull Neil along and help him get to within 75 per cent of the target speed before pulling away and leaving the Merseyside man to pedal his way towards the world record.

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Neil will take on this challenge on a modified bicycle that has been kitted out with suspension forks and tyres from a motorbike.

Andy said: "Neil was a supporter of the Bahrain thing we were doing and I met him through that.

"He said he had this bike and that he wanted to break the record, so he came up here and it started from there.

"We have the issue of finding a place to do it and the distance but we have time, so we're in the process of organising my Bahrain attempt and to do a test run with Neil.

"He's a good guy, he's brave as hell, braver than me, he's on two wheels at the back of a car, there's a lot that could go wrong.

"We want to make it dead safe for him and go through everything, it's a bit of a process but I'm looking forward to it.

"We're both British, small teams, independent, so we wanted to do it with two teams that are after world records.

"For me it's putting Wolverhampton on the map, since the dawn of cars Wolverhampton has been the centre of manufacturing, and for record breaking, so I'm trying to carry on that tradition a little bit."

Neil (left) and Andy pose with the custom-made bike and the Red Victor's bonnet.

Neil said: "I've always wanted to do this record and one of the limiting factors has always been the pace vehicle, we've had all sorts of high performance cars, but a fast key has always been on the shopping list.

"A friend of mine in Wirral suggested Andy and his car and it was right up his street.

"We're both doing it off our own back without any major sponsors.

"I've been chasing this record for 25 years.

"I enjoy the team effort, I get attention as the fool riding the bike, but we have all the team behind both me and Andy, everything pulls together on the day, there's no egos, no drama, it's a team working towards the same goal and its a really nice experience.

"It's stressful and nerve-wrecking but very rewarding."

Liam Keen

By Liam Keen
Reporter - @LiamKeen_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, primarily covering Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch on 01902 319688.

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