A VICAR who calls himself "heaven's angel" has celebrated setting the inaugural world record for a motorcycle hearse when he clocked just over 114mph on an airfield runway near York.
The Rev Ray Biddiss, 57, who is a familiar sight at Huddersfield's Crematorium, had to reach a speed of more than 80mph at Elvington Airfield in his specially built "trike-hearse" to be recognised by Guinness World Records.
And the clergyman, from Halifax, hit 114.1mph in The Rocket, which he says he uses for real funeral services.
The Rocket is a Triumph Rocket III with a 2.3 litre, three cylinder engine built by Liversedge-based DTB Panther Trikes to Mr Biddiss's specifications and within the relevant road traffic regulations.
The unique hybrid trike-hearse merges the body of the British-made 2008 Triumph Rocket III trike conversion with a coffin carrier to create a sleek black and chrome hearse outfit, the firm said.