In 2022 Australia made a bid for the Guinness World Record for largest mobility scooter convoy. It was a heartfelt scooter record attempt with numbers reaching an incredible 144! That’s a lot of electric mobility scooters in one place at the same time.
Sadly we weren’t able to bag the Guinness World Record but we were close. Currently, Canada still holds the title for the record (more on this below). Australia has held the record before so who’s to say we can’t do it again? Maybe next time… And there should be – we make these attempts every few years.
This article covers when we won, when we lost and some details about the current title.
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Guinness World Record for largest parade of electric mobility scooters
As mentioned, the current title for the largest parade of electric mobility scooters is held by Canada. But this was achieved way back in 2012. It might be time for the record to shift hands (to Australia of course)!
Credit goes to Michel Bourassa for achieving this staggering Guinness World Record, together with the many electric mobility scooter riders that came together on the day.
The details for this Guinness World Record for the largest parade of electric mobility scooters are as follows:
- When. 9 June 2012
- Where. Canada, Victoriaville
- Number of electric mobility scooters. 159 riders
- Organiser. Michel Bourassa
Do you use a mobility scooter and will you join in the next scooter record attempt? Perhaps Australia will be ready to take the title back later this year? Let’s watch this space.
In the meantime here’s what happened in 2009 when we won, and 2022 when we didn’t but managed to gather a sizeable sum of electric mobilities scooters and riders.
2009, Hervey Bay breaks world record
People often say third time lucky. This was indeed the case for Australia’s bid for the largest scooter record attempt. Electric mobility scooters and riders gathered to challenge for the Guinness World Record in 2007, 2008 and eventually achieved this monumental record in 2009!
Here’s what happened:
- 2007. We needed 85 electric mobility scooter and managed to gather 65 (20 short)
- 2008. Although 97 electric mobility scooters and riders gathered and rode together, we unfortunately didn’t travel far enough.
- 2009. We won! With 126 electric mobility scooter riders riding the full needed distance to achieve this goal!
Winning the Guinness World Record for the longest parade of electric mobility scooters in 2009 was a milestone event. Not only was it a special goal but it was also an opportunity for people who rely on electric mobility scooters to be involved in a world event as well as a community one.
The event took place along the Hervey Bay Esplanade during Disability Action Week. What a perfect flourish to make a special week even more special!
Since then we’ve made several attempts for the scooter record, but no luck yet. For example, 2015 saw 101 electric mobility scooter riders gather in Scarness Foreshore Park in QLD. We needed another 58 riders to make the record. Let’s look at our 2022 attempt, below.
2022, Fraser Coast mobility scooter convoy attempt
In 2022 the scooter record attempt was set for 3 September at Scarness Park Charlton Esplanade. So much organisation goes into making an event of this stature come together but sadly the rainy weather meant organisers had to postpone by a week.
The event took place on Saturday 10 September 2022 and a whopping 144 riders came with their electric mobility scooters. That means that although the Guinness World Record wasn’t achieved, we were just 16 riders short.
With 144 riders, we only needed 16 more electric mobility scooters. Can you believe it – we were so close. Needless to say Blue Badge is hopeful that the next scooter record attempt could be the one.
Participation was free and there were prizes for decorating your vehicle, your hat and yourself! In order for each electric mobility scooter to be counted toward the Guinness World Record, riders couldn’t leave their scooter or the parade during until completing the course.
The course followed the Esplanade to the Seafront Oval, then around the Oval and to the All Abilities Playground. From there you had to head back to the Esplanade pathway and to Scarness Park. Speaking of the All Abilities Playground, here are seven inclusive playgrounds and wheelchair accessible parks worth visiting.
Here’s a video from YouTube’s “Mrs SCELLS Adventures” from the day:
Other mobility scooter Guinness World Records
A Guinness World Record for the largest mobility scooter convoy isn’t the only mobility scooter record. Here are several other interesting records:
- Longest journey. Mark Newton drove an electric mobility scooter 19,611.5 km across the UK mainland
- Longest mobility scooter. Built by Roy and Luke Finch (father and son) in the UK, it measures 3.10 m
- Fastest mobility scooter. Driver Sven Ohler reached 80.26 km/h in Germany at the DEKRA Test Oval racetrack.
Take note that many of these Guinness World Records are only open to people aged over 16 year old. Also note we don’t advise riding your mobility scooter anywhere near as fast – stick to the 10km/hour limit. Take care when you ride and only ride along terrain that it’s built for. Here are 15 tips to stay safe on your mobility scooter.
Protecting your electric mobility scooter
Are you planning to take part in the next electric scooter record attempt? Consider getting mobility scooter insurance first. Your Blue Badge Insurance cover can help pay the costs if your scooter is broken, damaged or stolen.
Having mobility scooter insurance or wheelchair insurance only costs a little each month. Then if the time comes that your scooter ends up in an accident or theft you won’t be facing those big bills alone. Your insurance will be there to help protect you financially.
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