Leeds & West Yorkshire

Halifax clergyman sets trike hearse world speed record

A motorbike-mad vicar from West Yorkshire has achieved a world record.

Halifax minister the Reverend Ray Biddiss has set a new world speed record for a three wheeled hearse.

Mr Biddiss drove his adapted Triumph Rocket III at just over 114 mph to set the new record at Elvington airfield near York.

Mr Biddiss has spent four years developing his motorcycle hearse, which he said is much more than a simple motorbike and sidecar.

He said: "I wouldn't be seen dead in a side car."

Using the front end of a Triumph Rocket III, a hearse was built on the back and will take a coffin over six feet in length.

If a larger size is required a hydraulic system can add a few more inches to the length of the coffin.

After the successful record attempt Mr Biddiss was upbeat about his machine.

He said: "2,340 cc of British engineering, the Rocket. If you're going to infinity and beyond, best you go by Rocket."

The record is awaiting official confirmation from the Guinness World Book of Records.