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Former Low Moor minister aiming fior speed record on custom bike
A biking Baptist minister who takes people to their final resting place in a custom-built motorcycle hearse is using the vehicle to try to set a world record.
The Reverend Ray Biddis, known as the ‘Revving Rev’, drives the hearse – a Triumph Rocket III with a 2.3 litre, three-cylinder engine and a glass coffin carrier – to funerals around the Bradford district.
Liversedge-based DTB Panther Trikes built the hybrid vehicle using specifications from Ray’s plans.
Tomorrow the former Low Moor minister will attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the world’s fastest motorcycle hearse. He will drive the vehicle, carrying a coffin, along the 3,000-metre runway at Elvington Airfield in York, aiming to reach 100 mph.
“The Rocket is one of a kind,” said ‘hearsy rider’ Mr Biddis, 57.
“As a biker for over 40 years I wouldn’t be seen dead in a car for my final journey. Many bikers agree that a motorcycle hearse is the only way to travel.
“This vehicle maintains the integrity of a motorcycle, appeals to the most passionate of bikers and brings a credible alternative to the traditional four-wheeled hearse.”
Mr Biddis, who became a Baptist minister in 1996, conducts personalised funeral services featuring rock music, videos and webcam link-ups.
He often wears biker gear instead of his traditional clerical robes.
- Read the full story in Monday's T&A