Life in the fast lane for biker Pete, aged 72

Life in the fast lane for biker Pete, aged 72

Pete Williams with his Suzuki Hayabusa bike

Pete Williams with his Suzuki Hayabusa bike

Pete Williams with his Suzuki Hayabusa bike

Pete Williams with his Suzuki Hayabusa bike and speed run certificate

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THEY say that life slows down when you retire.

But a 72-year-old Culcheth man spends his pension trying to break speed records on his Suzuki Hayabusa bike.

Pete Williams, of Beaverbrook Avenue, Mee Brow, clocked a personal top speed of 203.1mph on Runway 26 at Elvington airfield in Yorkshire on August 17.

He said: “People think when you get to your 70s it is cloth cap and slippers time but I’m afraid that’s not for me.”

Pete, a member of the Straightliners Club, has been drag racing since 1964 and was the third quickest in Europe on the RAF Topcliffe track on his home-built Triumph Two Faced bike in 1968.

He started speed runs in August 2012 after spending two and a half years modifying his Suzuki Hayabusa.

Pete, who helped run Mee Brow Community Centre before it closed, has also just fitted a nitrous-oxide kit for extra boost.

And despite a heart attack in 1998 and being diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2010 he has never let anything slow him down.

Pete, who is now in remission, added: "I dealt with it by thinking the cancer was just an obstacle before I could get back on my bike.

"We're not here forever. You only get one shot in life and if I give up what am I going to do? Sit and watch the box? I don't think so."

Pete believes he is the oldest person to have achieved a speed of 203.1mph over a mile.

He said: "To put it into perspective, it is as fast as a Formula One car, it is virtually three times the motorway speed limit and 20mph faster than a jumbo jet's take off speed.

"It will silence a few knockers who say I'm over the hill. At least I've got to the top of the hill!

"I reckon I could add five or 10mph on top of my record and I'm currently working on a jet engine in my garage."

Pete wanted to thank staff at Culcheth Medical Centre, Warrington Hospital and Clatterbridge Cancer Centre for helping him with his battle against cancer.

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