As with most contests of speed, it’s only a matter of time before a record falls. In 2011 Rev. Ray Biddiss’ set a Guinness World Record aboard his Triumph Rocket with hearse sidecar for the fastest motorcycle hearse, with a record speed of 114mph. But it seems the good Rev.’s record run is already under threat.
Pastor Paul Sinclair, aka Faster Pastor, founder of Motorcycle Funerals Ltd. of Swadlincote, Derbyshire, U.K., posted a video on his website, www.fasterpastor.com, as well as on YouTube, in which a motorcycle with attached hearse sidecar blasts down what appears an airfield runway. While the 31-second video doesn’t provide a clear view of the bike/hearse rig, Sinclair’s weapon of choice is a Suzuki Hayabusa.
The Faster Pastor, Paul Sinclair, aboard his Suzuki Hayabusa Hearse. Photos credit Fast Bikes magazine.
In the video text is displayed claiming Sinclair’s machine posted two top speeds, 115.2 mph and 117.6 mph. According to Sinclair’s blog the speed(s) set at Elvington Airfield — the very same airstrip in the U.K. where Rev. Biddiss set his 114 mph run in 2011 — are world record worthy. While the Faster Pastor’s runs are notably quicker than Biddiss’, there’s no claim of an official Guinness record. However, Sinclair states in his blog that the runs were recorded by Straightliners, a motorcycle dragracing club in the U.K., claiming the runs are official and verifiable.
Sinclair claims to have previously set speed records for a motorcycle hearse, once in 2002 aboard a Triumph Speed Triple hearse, and then in 2004 with his Hayabusa hearse.
Update: Faster Pastor Paul Sinclair posts on his blog documentation in support of the legitimacy of his record. See the post on www.fasterpastor.com