Well ladies and gentleman, it’s the race we’ve been impatiently waiting for!
Our regular readers have no doubt seen our feature stories on the exploits of a pair of crafty, entertainingly ingenious group of young British tinkerers who have put together two of the coolest, most unique and outside-the-box creations we’ve ever seen, and as it were, there’s only a few hours and some water separating them from one another, making a winner-take-all match race anything but a far fetched possibility. And sure enough, the big race went down.
In one corner is Tom Armitage, Ben Rushforth, and the rest of the band of like-minded misfits hailing from the Leeds, United Kingdom region, who are the brains behind the former coin-operated Postman Pat children’s ride that’s been transformed into the now world famous Postman Pat Van and has terrorized a number of quick street cars on the quarter mile. You may have seen their other project, as well – a miniature, motorcycle engine-powered front motored slingshot dragster.
In the other corner, a more recent creation that’s made waves on the web for dropping some pretty stout cars, including a Nissan Skyline, in laugh out loud, spit-up-your-coke fashion – the world’s fastest mobility scooter known affectionately as the Granborghini – that is the work of a gang of friends known as Garage Insanity, with driver/rider Richard Underwood, hailing from the Isle of Man.
The Postman Pat Van is, for all intents and purposes, a miniature (and we do mean miniature) Funny Car, with a chassis and roll cage, a flip-top body, and a 500cc, 4-stoke engine nestled comfortably (who are we kidding?) right in between Rushforth’s legs. The Granborghini, on the other hand, is a bit like driving with the top down, to say the least, and with a 600cc four-cylinder under the seat capable of pushing it to well over 100 MPH, is no doubt on hell of a short wheelbased, top heavy, but awesomely exhilarating ride unlike anything Wal-Mart has ever seen.
The two internet legends met just a couple of weeks ago at the iconic Santa Pod Raceway in England, where they squared off in perhaps the match race of the year – or certainly the most hilarious matchup in quite some time.
The Pat Van, as we would’ve expected based on past results, won the contest rather easily, although a misfiring issue with the Granborghini didn’t help matters. Underwood, over the course of the event, ran just shy of 90 MPH, clocking 88.9 in the traps on another pass. Rushforth, meanwhile, cranked off a mid 12-second run in this clip at just under 100 MPH, which isn’t too shabby for a “toy” about as tall as your knee with an arms-length wheelbase.
Our hats off to both of these teams…with this kind of epic ingenuity, there really is no loser.