Branson's Channel record smashed

Contributed by editor on Jun 21, 2005 - 07:24 PM


Sir Richard Branson's record for crossing the English Channel in an amphibious vehicle has been smashed by a businessman from New Zealand.

Nick Fox set off from Dover today (21 June) and arrived in France just 43 minutes and 12 seconds later, knocking almost an hour off Branson's time of 1hr 40mins.

But Sir Richard is questioning whether the amphibious vehicle qualifies for the record.

The crossing in an inflatable "Sealeg" boat, which has three retractable wheels which drive the vehicle at just six miles an hour on land is a far cry from the Branson's 140mph street vehicle.

It is now down to the Guinness Book of Records to decide whether the New Zealander's vehicle qualifies for the record. 

Sir Richard has said he will challenging Nick Fox to regain the record if it is ratified.