Cult Internet Train Race Video 2006-08-13Posted by clype in Articles of Interest, Glasgow.
An heir to the Tunnock’s teacake fortune has become a cult hero on the internet after he raced a train on his mountain bike — and won.
Mr.Colin Baird, 21, was challenged to beat the train by fellow members of ‘Glasgow University Sailing Club’. And a video of Mr.Baird racing the train as it sped between two stations at 35mph has been viewed more than 100 000 times after it was posted on a website.
To win the race, Mr.Baird, whose grandfather is the biscuit-maker Mr.Boyd Tunnock CBE, had to leave the Glasgow subway system at Buchanan Street station.
- After running up three flights of stairs and negotiating the turnstiles, he then mounted a waiting bike and peddled furiously to the next underground stop, at St Enoch Square, 550 yards away.
And a breathless Mr.Baird boarded the same train as he left, to the cheers of friends waiting with video cameras. Mr.Baird, who is in his final year of a mechanical engineering degree at ‘The University of Glasgow’ said:
‘It was meant to be just a harmless student prank and bit of fun between friends, but the video has spread around the globe.
‘Now around 100 000 people have watched, and I really can’t believe how popular the video has become.’
- ‘Tunnock’s heir a cult hero after beating train in race‘, Peter Doyle, The Scotsman, 2006-07-28
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