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FastFood - The World's Fastest Furniture?
Racing table
Perry is sure he can set a new world record with his dining table!

Bucks inventor Perry Watkins is aiming for a new world record - for the world's fastest furniture!

Perry already holds the world records for both the flattest and the smallest cars.

Now this Wingrave inventor wants to break the record for the world's fastest furniture with 'Fastfood'.

Edd China and Marek Turosk, from Leicestershire, set the current record in 2007 after managing to get a sofa to reach a top speed of 92mph.

Perry
Perry with his co-driver Pete!

Perry is sure he can beat this record with his turbo charged dining table.

Perry told BBC Three Counties how things are going so far: "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."

Perry's certainly not a rocket scientist - he says he's not even an engineer: "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!"

Once finished, the plan is to take this converted Queen Alexandra table to the Santa Pod Raceway in Northamptonshire for testing.

Fastfood

If all goes well, Perry will then make his world record attempt at one of the raceway's major events later this year - alongside his mannequin driving partner Pete.

"Pete sits at the head of the table and he's dressed in full race uniform. He'll have a full face crash helmet with a black visor so he'll appear to be driving the car," explained Perry.

"I actually sit in the middle of the dining table underneath the body, if you like. I'll have a silver salver on my head with a big roast chicken!"

UPDATE - April 2010

The Dining Table - fully laid!
The Dining Table - fully laid!

The bad news is that at final testing at Santa Pod Raceway on 12th April the engine blew up!

Perry's record attempt is now being rescheduled for sometime in the future - we'll keep you posted!

To find out more about Perry's extraordinary projects visit his website here.




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