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Snowboarder Jamie Barrow Breaks Guinness World Record with the Help of an SUV

When he was just 15 years old, Jamie Barrow’s talent brought him on board the British Snowboard Cross Team. Fast forward to the present day and Jamie prides himself on titles such as British Youth Snowboard Cross Champion 2008, British Junior Snowboard Cross Champion 2009, 2010 and 2011. As if that weren’t enough, the Brit is also the Guinness World Record holder for the fastest speed on a snowboard towed by a vehicle.
Snowboarder Jamie Barrow towed by a Mitsubishi ASX 4 photos
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Snowboarder Jamie Barrow towed by a Mitsubishi ASXSnowboarder Jamie BarrowSnowboarder Jamie Barrow
Britain’s fastest snowboarder (94.2 mph; 151.6 km/h) went to the frozen lake of St. Moritz in Switzerland with the intention of writing history. On January 28, a diesel-powered Mitsubishi ASX crossover towed Jamie on his snowboard at 62.65 mph (100.84 km/h) on the out run. That’s no small feat, mind you.

The return run saw the human-machine combo reach 61.45 mph (98.9 km/h), slightly less than on the out run. Nevertheless, the average of the two runs (62.05 mph or 99.87 km/h) was good enough to break a Guinness World Record. Clearly proud of his newly set record, 22-year-old Barrow declared, “I do think though that I could’ve easily handled going a lot faster if it wasn’t for the soft snow due to unseasonably mild weather.”

Daredevil or not, the young lad is one hell of a sport. “I’m really looking forward to returning and attempting to beat my own record with the Mitsubishi ASX when there are more favorable weather conditions!” Need we say more about what will happen to the newly set Guinness World Record? Clearly, Jamie will come back to St. Moritz not only to break the record again but to surpass himself as a sportsman and overcome his fear.

On this occasion, the car is not the star. Sorry, Mitsubishi, but the ASX is getting kind of old now. The real star is Jamie because he pushes himself as hard as he can, despite the fact that he suffered a serious injury in 2013 resulting in dropping out of the British Snowboard Cross Team. Good on you, Jamie!
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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