Published on February 9th, 2016 | by Steve Hanley
World’s Fastest Tree Sets Guiness Record
We usually let Jo Borras handle the motorsports news here at Gas 2, but this latest story was too weird even for him. Brian Reid of Bella Bella, British Columbia has claimed a Guiness World Record in the Fastest Tree category. What’s that? You didn’t know Guiness even had a fastest tree category? You are not alone, friend.
Here are the rules for the competition, in case you have cabin fever this winter and want to power up your own tree. “For the purposes of this record, a motorized tree or log is a tree trunk which has been carved to allow an engine, wheels and controls to be fitted within the body of the log. The motorized log must be drivable by a person sitting within the log.”
Don’t know where Bella Bella is? Go to Vancouver and head north. Way north, up where giant cedar trees grow. Brian Reid harvests those trees for a living. (His company also plants new ones to promote sustainable growth for the future.) He selected a 240 year old western red cedar log, hollowed it out and stuffed it full of 529 pounds of batteries and a 35 horsepower electric motor.
Thinking that might not be enough oomph, he then added a pair of industrial strength leaf blowers from Buffalo Turbine, each rated at 20 horsepower. He then took his creation to the local drag strip where it managed to top out at 55 miles per hour at the end of the quarter mile. The folks from Guiness then presented Brian with a certificate proclaiming him the owner of the fastest tree in the world.
The “Cedar Rocket,” can do about 225 km/h “on paper”‘ but maxed out at 90 (55 mph) for its record in the quarter mile, Reid says. “The turbines just scream. At the end of the quarter mile, when we were about to shut down, it sounded like a jet taking off.”
Appropriately enough, this story was broadcast to the world by none other than Tree Hugger. How appropriate is that?
All photos © Brian Reed