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Wheelie fast! Inventor, 27, turns a green bin into a speed machine that can hit 36mph

An inventor has made a wheelie bin that can travel at up to 36mph in a bid to set a new world record.

Andy Jennings spent more than 200 hours creating the contraption out of a motorbike engine and parts from an old mobility scooter.

The 27-year-old from Swindon launched the project to fundraise for a friend who suffered brain damage from a blood clot and now requires round the clock care.

Andy Jennings from Swindon spent more than 200 hours making the contraption (pictured during the outing this weekend) out of a motorbike engine and parts from an old mobility scooter

The 27-year-old launched the project to fundraise for a friend who suffered brain damage from a blood clot and now requires round the clock care

The 27-year-old launched the project to fundraise for a friend who suffered brain damage from a blood clot and now requires round the clock care

He will try to set a world record this year for the fastest bin (pictured, the design) after officials at the Guinness Book of World Records accepted his proposal

He will try to set a world record this year for the fastest bin (pictured, the design) after officials at the Guinness Book of World Records accepted his proposal

He will try to set a world record this year for the fastest bin after officials at the Guinness Book of World Records accepted his proposal.

Mr Jennings created the DIY vehicle over the past three months working in his own time after work.

The ‘Heath Robinson’ device includes a standard wheelie bin, the rear axle of a go-kart, a 110cc four-speed pit bike engine, a bike seat, handle bars from a child’s scooter and the seat post and steering from a mobility scooter.

To set an official record, Mr Jennings will have to drive in an upright bin.

He took it for his first spin this weekend and left dog walkers ‘gob-smacked’ as he reached speeds of 36mph.

Mr Jennings created the DIY vehicle (pictured) over the past three months working in his own time after work

Mr Jennings created the DIY vehicle (pictured) over the past three months working in his own time after work

The 'Heath Robinson' device includes a standard wheelie bin, the rear axle of a go-kart, a 110cc four-speed pit bike engine, a bike seat, handle bars from a child's scooter and the seat post and steering from a mobility scooter

The ‘Heath Robinson’ device includes a standard wheelie bin, the rear axle of a go-kart, a 110cc four-speed pit bike engine, a bike seat, handle bars from a child’s scooter and the seat post and steering from a mobility scooter

Mr Jennings took it for his first spin this weekend and left dog walkers 'gob-smacked' as he reached speeds of 36mph

Mr Jennings took it for his first spin this weekend and left dog walkers ‘gob-smacked’ as he reached speeds of 36mph

Mr Jennings said: ‘A lot of my family and friends have been wondering what on earth I was doing it for but now it’s actually out there and working it’s nice as I can see their reaction.

‘Even my fiancee, Emma, was impressed when she saw it and I think it’s fair to say she was a bit dubious beforehand.

‘She’s been really supportive but she did think it was a bit of a lunatic idea when I came up with it.’

The bin’s first outing was on a closed road near an industrial unit Mr Jennings rents and went smoothly – with footage capturing the moment the bin hit 36mph.

He said: ‘There were a couple of dog walkers just staring at me open mouthed but then came up afterwards and shook my hand and said ”it’s a good idea”.’

The wheelie bin will be covered with fundraising livery for his friend Ben Ellis, 27, ahead of the record attempt in May.

‘I’ve always loved playing around and tinkering with cars. I’m a design engineer by trade so I’m always working on machinery and robotics.

‘I started with some designs on the computer to see if it would fit in a wheelie bin.

‘I’ve been working on it for most nights for the past two or three months.’

The motorbike was donated by another of Mr Ellis’s friends, Kiran Mistry, and the current bin is in its fourth incarnation as Mr Jennings made tweaks to improve its speed.

The bin's first outing was on a closed road near an industrial unit Mr Jennings rents and went smoothly - with footage capturing the moment the bin hit 36mph

The bin’s first outing was on a closed road near an industrial unit Mr Jennings rents and went smoothly – with footage capturing the moment the bin hit 36mph

The wheelie bin will be covered with fundraising livery for his friend Ben Ellis, 27, ahead of the record attempt in May. Pictured: Mr Jennings

The wheelie bin will be covered with fundraising livery for his friend Ben Ellis, 27, ahead of the record attempt in May. Pictured: Mr Jennings

Mr Jennings applied to Guinness World Records in June and work on the wheelie bin began last year

The rules state he will have to use a standard upright wheelie bin and no aerodynamics are allowed and he is not permitted to use it horizontally

Mr Jennings applied to Guinness World Records in June and work on the wheelie bin began last year. The rules state he will have to use a standard upright wheelie bin and no aerodynamics are allowed and he is not permitted to use it horizontally

Its first outing – when he took it for a spin without the bin chassis – ended with Mr Jennings was thrown off and ended up suffering cuts and bruises in the crash.

‘I came off it quite badly and busted my arm up. It’s taken quite a bit of trial and error.

‘Guinness have said I need to get more than 30mph to set the record and it’s looking good as in the first test I did at the weekend I got up to 36mph.

‘It’s just me that’s built this one but I know Ben will like it as he always used to like making whacky things and doing crazy stuff, so I thought it would be quite apt.

‘I’ve used all the parts from various things he had, so it’s not really cost me anything to build.

‘It’s a bit different from the normal marathons that people do for fundraising which are always great but I am not a sporty person myself,’ Mr Jennings said.

Mr Jennings applied to Guinness World Records in June and work on the wheelie bin began last year.

The inventor is yet to set an official date for the record attempt but anticipates it will be in the middle of May at a drag racing venue in York

The inventor is yet to set an official date for the record attempt but anticipates it will be in the middle of May at a drag racing venue in York

The rules state he will have to use a standard upright wheelie bin and no aerodynamics are allowed and he is not permitted to use it horizontally.

There will also have to be full print out and timing sheets – with the average speed from three runs being taken to make the record.

He is yet to set an official date for the record attempt but anticipates it will be in the middle of May at a drag racing venue in York.

His friend Mr Ellis was left with brain damage from a blood clot after he broke his leg in an accident on his family farm in Essex in 2015.

A clot went to his lungs and then to his brain, leaving him incapacitated.

Mr Jennings added: ‘Ben’s brother, Sam, showed him the videos of the first runout and he was crying tears of laughter.

‘it’s good to see he’s supportive of it and it’s exactly the sort of thing he used to do on his farm – he always used to make crazy things on his farm and that’s what gave me the idea really.’

Mr Jennings is hoping to raise £1,000 for Mr Ellis but is thinks he might end up with more.

Friends have previously raised up to £8,000 a year towards Mr from Ellie’s care at the Marillac neurological care centre in Brentwood through an endurance go-carting event.

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