On this day in auto history – May 11th

Tue 11th May 2021

On this day in 2007 Englishman Marek Turowski entered the Guinness Book of World Records for driving a motorised sofa at 92 mph along an aerodrome runway in Leicestershire.

The eccentric 38-year-old paid £1,376 on eBay for the privilege of piloting a rear-engined couch which was commissioned by sofa.com and built by Auto Trader TV show presenter Edd China.

Turowski’s stunt beat the existing World’s Fastest Furniture record of 87 mph set in 1987 by the aforementioned China after he drove a leopard-print sofa powered by a 1300cc Mini engine.

In 2011, Australian Glenn Suter became the first person to reach 100 mph on a motorised sofa when setting a new world record on a couch powered by a 1400cc Suzuki super bike engine at Camden airport near Sydney.