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World's fastest shed stars at Prescott Bike Fest

The world's fastest road legal shed will be put through its paces in Gloucestershire this weekend June 16 - 17.

It is one of the many attractions at the Prescott Bike Fest, near Cheltenham this weekend

In aid of the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes and Severn Freewheelers.

Prescott Bike Festival prides itself on its diversity and celebrates engineering excellence and ingenuity; from rare, classic, modern, customised to hand-built bikes and those of historic significance to outright bonkers.

Making its debut is the World's Fastest Shed on wheels created by 53-year-old keen gardener Kevin Nicks. He recently secured the land speed record hitting 101mph in the only road legal motorised shed in the world.

He spent more than £13,000 building the shed in his back garden. It features an Audi RS4 turbo-charged 2.7litre engine and Quattro running gear. The 450bhp engine is more powerful than many sports cars.

Nicks will drive it from his Oxfordshire home to Prescott for the weekend and hopes to tackle the iconic hill climb course on Sunday if the track is wide enough.

Cheltenham-born Matt McKeown returns with the World's fastest shopping trolley powered by a Chinook helicopter engine (holds record speed of 70.4mph), plus the World's Fastest Hearse 'Dead Quick'. It is fully race prepared and fitted with an ex-RAF jet engine.

Kevin Scott brings his crazy record-breaking Monowheel which earned its place in the Guinness World Records along, plus young engineer Tom Bagnall will be displaying his Jet Powered Go Kart and drag bike.

Saturday will feature 'Electric Avenue' showcasing the latest in electric high performance super sport electric motorcycles through to affordable urban inspired commuter bikes and thanks to Cotswold BMW Motored- the first electric model from a major motorcycle manufacturer.

As always, there will be extensive displays of historic, modern and racing motorcycles.

You can chat away to the owners and bike builders on the Saturday and watch them take to the hill on the Sunday.

Local sporting hero Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards will join the Sunday event. Festival organiser Gordon Downy said: "We are delighted that Eddie is coming to Bike Fest. I'm sure he'll enjoy meeting like-minded people who, like him are pushing the boundaries in pursuit of their dreams.

"Although not a biker, Eddie has had his fair share of spectacular crashes and has undergone extensive surgery. It's heart-warming that he's coming to support our fundraising event which provides a vital lifesaving service to the NHS."

Aside from the incredible machinery, there's a stellar entertainment line-up to keep the whole family entertained.

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