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Crouch End speed demon breaks racing record on a scooter

PUBLISHED: 12:19 28 July 2011 | UPDATED: 12:28 28 July 2011

(From left) Jordan O'Doherty with Gary 'Shiny' Beard and his daughters Ruby and Pearl.

(From left) Jordan O'Doherty with Gary 'Shiny' Beard and his daughters Ruby and Pearl.

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A scooter fanatic is celebrating after clocking up a speed record on two wheels during a drag race.

Jordan O’Doherty, 24, of Crouch End, reached 101mph on a scooter at the sixth round of the Straightliners drag racing festival on Sunday (July 24).

It was a first time a street-legal scooter had achieved the speed over a quarter mile drag-strip and the keen rider was delighted.

He said: “It felt amazing. I was confident I could do it and it’s great to know I’m the only person who can actually prove they’ve done it.”

He rode for Gloucestershire based company Shiny Red Tuning at the drag racing festival at East Kirby Airfield near Skegness.

The team completed 20 runs on the day and on the sixteenth a speed of 101mph was recorded.

Mr O’Doherty has had a passion for scooters since the age of 14 and bought his first model at 16.

“My first job was in a bike shop and it was there I developed a passion for scooters and I went out to buy one as soon as I was old enough,” he said. “Since then I have been hooked. I go out riding every day and it’s great to now be recognised for my ability and to say I’ve broke the record.”

He rode a 183cc Gilera Runner scooter for Shiny Red Tuning, a company owned by husband and wife team Gary and Kim Beard.

The popular model has a normal maximum speed of 60mph and Mr Beard, who is known as Shiny, used 20 years of tuning experience to modify the bike to reach record speeds.

He first met the Crouch End motorbiker at an Isle of White scooter rally last year and said: “Jordan’s a brilliant rider. I wanted to prove that scooters can top 100mph and he has done that for me.”

The rider was also quick to praise Shiny and said: “I was confident in my ability to break the record, but I want to thank Shiny also, because I wouldn’t have been able to do it if it weren’t for him.”

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