Ray’s bid for speed record in a hearse

PAGE 3 (PACKAGE)'9/5/08   The Rev Ray Biddiss from Halifax  who owns a motorcycle hearse with the numberplate RB53 REV
PAGE 3 (PACKAGE)'9/5/08 The Rev Ray Biddiss from Halifax who owns a motorcycle hearse with the numberplate RB53 REV
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A LEATHER-clad cleric who gives bikers a last, stylish journey is attempting the first Guinness World Record attempt of its kind.

Revving reverend Ray Biddiss, of Field Close, Wheatley, Halifax, will today try to create a record for the world’s fastest motorcycle hearse.

The heaven’s angel is the proud owner of motorcycle hearse The Rocket – a Triumph Rocket III with a 2.3-litre, three- cylinder engine.

He will use it to make the record attempt at Elvington Airfield in York, which has one of the longest runways in Britain.

“The Rocket really is one of a kind and I’m so proud of my new machine,” he said.

“Achieving a Guinness World Record would mark its unique creation in a very special way and showcase it on the world’s stage.”

DTB Panther Trikes, based in Liversedge, built The Rocket from Ray’s plans, approved by the Vehicle and Operator Service Agency.

The bike is capable of 100mph.

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.

“As a biker for over 40 years I personally wouldn’t want to be in a car for my final journey,” said Mr Biddiss, 57, who launched his first motorcycle hearse creation in May 2008.

“Many people who are or have been bikers, agree that a motorcycle hearse is the only way to travel for your final journey.”

Mr Biddiss, a former minister at Pellon Baptist Church in Halifax, has been a biker since he was 15.

He now conducts funeral services across West Yorkshire and has become known for his open-minded attitude – and has even conducted a punk ceremony.