Historics offers Guinness World Speed Record 1978 milk float
Comedian and actor Benny Hill immortalised the humble milk float with his 1971 hit record ‘Ernie, I’m The Fastest Milkman in the West’. However, it was left for dust in 2013 by a record of a totally different kind - a Guinness World Record – that’s now attached in perpetuity to a whimsical classic that’s coming to sale by Historics on March 2nd.
This 1978 Leyland Crompton Electricars milk float is in stark contrast to the traditional battery-powered mobile dairy that once clinked its way across cities towns and villages across Britain at, typically, some 5mph.
Powered by a 4,500cc Rover V8 churning out 325bhp, together 21” alloy wheels, side exhaust and a garish paint job, it was modified with the express aim of grasping the record for the fastest milk float in Britain.
In 2012, this stood at not inconsiderable 77.5mph with GT endurance racing driver, Tom Onslow-Cole at the helm but the marketing gurus at Weetabix sniffed an opportunity to milk the opportunity to promote their breakfast drinks, buying the 1978 classic for some £300 and then spending an alleged £35,000 to prepare the float for an attack on the record.
On completion, it was used first in a 2014 Weetabix promotional tour, together with England pace bowler and former England cricket captain Stuart Broad, who swapped his cricket whites for traditional milkman's attire.
Then on 25th June 2014 at the Bruntingthorpe test facility near Lutterworth, rally driver and SUN Motors Editor, Rob Gill belted himself inside, and after the required two-way run, successfully culminated in lifting the record to a speedy 84.556mph.