Mr. Barry Lee has a lot to be proud of these days. Not only is he competing in a drag racing tilt at the helm of his own custom-built racer, it’s also powered by no less than six circular saws. To think the competition arrayed against him includes a team of Royal Navy engineers, power tool companies and other DIY diehards.
The occasion for such an eclectic gathering is the Power Tool Drag Racing Championship held in the merry town of Yeovil. You read that correctly: the whole event caters to dragsters powered by well, power tools.
35 year old Barry hopes to make a difference behind the wheel of his Bolt Lightning, a stripped down number that’s all blue surface and white exoskeleton. Most of its space is at the back, where an array of 16-inch Makita circular saws produce the juice that lets Bolt Lightning zip by at a speed that Barry described as having “superseded all expectations”.
The race track in question is a 100m strip that will test the nerves and the machines built by the dedicated lot who’ve endeavored to prove that tools are the next frontier in energy conservation. Okay, so we made up that last it. Godspeed to Barry Lee. If we could, we’d buy him a pint right after he races for the heck of it.
Now what we’d like to hear about is an air show featuring planes run by power tools.