Fire-breathing, V8 milk float smashes world record
Flames flaring from its flanks, a V8 engine thundering along and a top speed of 77.53mph - introducing the world's fastest milk float.
The aerodynamically-disadvantaged speedster is the brainchild of auction website eBay, which used parts sourced from its own website and a British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) expert to smash the record this week.
Tom Onslow-Cole, a driver in the BTCC and TV expert Edd China uses a V8 engine taken from an old ambulance and, in the spirit of the dairy-themed stunt, added a fuel tank created out of an old milk churn to the once-sluggish delivery float.
The result is a milk float capable of reaching nearly 80mph and a world record verified by the Guiness World Record team at Brand's Hatch GP circuit.
Tom Onslow-Cole, eBay Motors driver, said: "The eBay Motors Mechanics Challenge has been an amazing journey and I'm delighted that we have broken the Guinness World Record for the fastest milk float. The team mechanics and Edd China put in a sterling effort to create a milk float that looks as slick as this and has the performance necessary to break the record."
And if you've never seen a milk float drift before, a Gymkhana-style video has been released of the float being put through its paces with the help of some wet weather and a number of coloured flares. It's well worth a watch.
But the story does not end there. The competitive world of milk float speeding means shortly after being contacted by eBay, MotorTorque was contacted by a second, anonymous contender with record-breaking claims of their own.
A visitor to the website claims to know of a milk float powered by a V10 Dodge engine which runs on nitrous - the performance-boosting systems seen in the likes of the Fast and Furious films - and uses F1 rear wheels and lowered suspension to improve performance.
However, there are no confirmed performance figures for the V10 'Monster' and, according to the owner, it probably would not be safe to find out because he 'doesn't trust the brakes'.
The contender was originally created eight years ago for a Channel 4 programme called 'Monster Garage', which turned standard vehicles into souped-up drag racers.
But without confirmed figures, eBay's milk float is the current reigning champion - for now.
Written by Stephen Hurrell.