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We all know that recently Gordon Shedden was crowed the British Touring Car Champion much to the delight of many fans and most of us hope it will be the first of many for the likeable Scot. However, the guys at Ebay Motors have this week achieved something equally impressive.

A few months back I wrote about the Mechanics Challenge. A task in which Ebay Motors mechanics set about building a super fast milk float from items bought off the popular online auction site Ebay. With the help of Ed China, Motoring specialist and TV presenter famed for building items such as road legal Sofa’s, the task was on.

Past-Your-Eyezed – The Milk Float in Action

With the float complete, featuring parts that BTCC fans had voted on using such as a V8 engine from an old Ambulance and a Petrol tank fashioned from a Milk Churn it was time to set about breaking a record. The vehicle really did Moo-ve and With Tom Onslow-Cole at the wheel, a speed of 77.53mph was achieved at the Transport Research Laboratory setting a new Guinness World Record for the fastest milk float on earth.

The new fastest Milkman in the world, Tom Onslow-Cole 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.”

Hot Milk – Tom Aims for the Gold Top

Sidekick Ed added: “It’s been brilliant working with the amazing engineers at WSR on this project. With their support our humble milk float is now almost a fully-fledged racing car! I’d like to thank all the fans for their input on what eBay Motors parts and accessories we used to build the milk float during the Mechanics Challenge, they clearly know their stuff!”

Speaking about the project, Andrew Hooks, Head of eBay Motors,  was quoted as saying: “It is fantastic that the eBay Motors Mechanics challenge has beaten the World Record for the fastest milk float and great to see the reaction from our customers, many of whom not only keenly followed the project, but also chose the winning parts. Tom Onslow-Cole did a fantastic job driving the record-breaking milk float and I’m sure people will enjoy watching the float being put through its paces in the stunt videos on our website.”

Milking it – Edd & Tom Celebrate setting a new world record.

To see videos of the Milk Float in action, find out more about the Mechanics Challenge and about the Ebay Motors Team Head over to their website here:


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