Wheely great effort in mobility scooter convoy record attempt

Published 3:05pm 4 October 2022

Wheely great effort in mobility scooter convoy record attempt
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

Despite working around the clock to reach as many people as possible, Deception Bay local Ted Bakke sadly fell short in his attempt to break the record for the most mobility scooter users in a single convoy.

Ted had 40 people join him in his record attempt, with the convoy travelling from the Deception Bay Library to the nearby PCYC on Monday morning.

He needed a total of 172 people to break the record. 

Despite not reaching the numbers, Ted remained optimistic he could one day break the record.

“At first I was a bit down and out, but we will have another go next year,” Ted says.

“I had a microphone and (at the end of the convoy) I asked everyone if they would like to do it again and they said yes.

“I said I couldn’t hear them, and well you should have heard them scream then.

“A lot of people said they will make sure their friends come along next year.”

Many people who attend the convoy dressed up their mobility scooters with fun fit outs, including Thomas the Tank Engine, the Ghostbusters vehicle, Lightning McQueen and even an old Kombi van.

A brand-new mobility scooter was also given away on the day, with Irene Coonan being named as the winner.

Moreton Bay Regional Councillor Sandra Ruck (Div 5) and Member for Bancroft Chris Whiting were also in attendance and were the official counters.

The current mobility scooter record was set on the Fraser Coast in 2021, with a total of 171 people in attendance.

Pictures supplied by Cr Ruck. 

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