Buckinghamshire-based amateur mechanic Perry Watkins is aiming for a new world record – for the world’s fastest furniture.
Perry Watkins already holds the world records for both the flattest and the smallest cars. Now this Wingrave inventor wants to the break the record for the world’s fastest furniture with his latest creation, called ‘Fastfood’.
He is now trying to take the fastest furntiure title – set in 2007 by Edd China and his motorised sofa, which reached 92mph – with an official record attempt at Northamptonshire’s Santa Pod Raceway today.
Mr. Watkins created the motorised table from a Reliant Scimitar sports car chassis and a fuel-injected 4 litre Land Rover Discovery engine boosted by nitrous oxide injection – plus six chairs, elegant place settings, and a dummy that bears a striking resemblance to Top Gear’s The Stig.
Perry is sure he can beat this record with his turbo charged dining table. He said: “Fastfood is about three quarters finished now. It’s a Reliant Scimitar Sabre sports car chassis with a three and a half litre V8 engine with nitrous oxide injection. It should do 0-60 in about four seconds and about 160mph top speed.”
In some nice touches, the exhaust fumes come out of two silver teapots, the brake lights are encases in rolled-up napkins, and the road-legal vehicle’s tax disc is stuck onto the champagne bucket.
The table’s driver sits in the centre, with their head sticking out of the table just underneath the roast chicken.
Perry’s certainly not a rocket scientist – he says he’s not even an engineer. Watkins – whose day job is as a sales director at high street shoe repairer Timpson – says that his table, naturally named Fast Food, has hit speeds of 103mph in test runs.
“I’m a shoe repairer by trade. I just started off tinkering with bicycles, mopeds, bikes, and progressed to cars. I’m completely self taught,” said Perry. “If I don’t know how to do something I’ll just ask someone or look it up on the internet!”