Here at Trackdays we are all deeply saddened to see the Top Gear series come to an end. It was a fantastically successful series and in the middle of the chaos that has unfolded around us in 2020, Top Gear managed to really bring light into some of those gloomy days. Having the fellas back on our screens on a Sunday night was a welcome return and some of the activities and achievements they completed were genuinely outstanding. But to be honest, we’re not quite sure where this particular achievement stands in the series…
We’ve mentioned Top Gear before and their plethora of creative stunt concepts and this was no more apparent than in their wheel of Death episode that we reported earlier last month. However, somehow Paddy McGuinness has somehow topped this as we can officially declare himself the fastest Ice Cream driver in the world… now there’s a statement we never thought we’d be writing!
Yes you heard it correctly, the man himself Mr Paddy McGuinness has officially smashed the Electric Ice Cream world record reaching speeds of 80 mph at one of our trackdays circuits: Elvington.
Paddy had this to say about his experience “Since joining Top Gear I’ve already had a lifetime’s worth of amazing experiences but achieving a Guinness World Records title is total life goals. The distant jingle of an ice cream van still makes kids and adults giddy with excitement and I hope viewers enjoy what we’ve done with the unique Mr Nippy.”
The vehicle itself was actually built from the chassis of a 1979 Ice cream van but then combined with the electric engine of Tesla and Mercedes to create this rapid sweet deliverer! The vehicle was required by the book of world records to meet specific criteria that essentially meant it functioned as a fully fledged ice cream van; no cheating of course!
This meant that the Top Gear Team were required to build a functioning hatch for the vehicle, it had to have a cooling system, and of course, it had to be able to serve up the delicious ice cream as well! Luckily they were able to meet these requirements and Paddy was able to jump behind the wheel and create arguably one of the most unique world records ever hit by the Top Gear crew.
Naturally the team celebrated with a lovely cold ice cream, on a wet, drizzly October afternoon - what a way to toast such an accomplishment! As always, Top Gear have brightened the spirits and created more entertaining content for us to feast on. The show has been a real glimmer of light in apparent darkness this past year and we couldn’t be happier to see them showing the fun and unique aspects of driving!