Tommy Davies, his friend and a modified Audi S5 broke speed limits to hit an unofficial record-breaking 9 hour and 36 minute time on the famous Land’s End to John O’Groats route. If their time is to be believed, they averaged 90mph on their race across the country.
Some are concerned as to why – after passing through 15 police constabularies and 50 speed cameras – the driver of the car hasn’t been issued with any fines or stopped along the way. Even though Davies completed the route in September, he has only admitted to the record-breaking time now – presumably as a way to not get himself in trouble with the police.
As the news becomes viral, though, prominent figures are beginning to express their concerns about the safety of the roads. Edmund King, Head of the AA, said: “Driving like that should be confined to the race track and not the public highway. It is an idiotic, irresponsible and dangerous act to set out on such an intentional and reckless mission. No doubt the police will investigate this self-induced death wish.”
While it’s unclear whether the police are investigating this matter, it’s definitely a concern that a driver was able to drive at such speeds for the entire length of Britain without repercussions.
Davies and his friend modified the Audi S5 with an additional tank of fuel in the boot. The pair only had to refill the car once, which was done using tanks of fuel provided by friends in a lay-by. It has been reported that the car also had radio scanners that were apparently used to pick up nearby police signals that allowed them to avoid being caught.
While most people believe that a sub-ten-hour run of the route is impossible, Davies says he has been planning the route for six years trying to find the most likely places where police might be parked up. “We had spread sheets just full of information just so we could get a good sense of what we were up against,” Tommy said. They also used counter measures that allowed them to break speed limits for the majority of the drive.
Modifications to the car included “upgraded brakes taking it to 400 brake horsepower, counter measures to avoid speed traps and a detector to pick up police radio signals so we [knew] if there [was] any police within a kilometre.”
It’s hard to say whether Davies actually completed the route in the time he said. There seems to have been an extraordinary amount of effort put in to completing the route in under ten hours. Davies could just be looking for his moment of internet fame, but some are calling for an urgent and swift police response.
While a dedicated amount of planning went in to the record-breaking route time, concerns about broken speed limits are sending ripples through the community calling for police action.