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Tee Up golf cart makes it into Guinness book

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By Reece Murphy

It’s official: Plum Quick Motors’ souped-up 2008 Club Car DS golf cart Tee Up is the fastest golf cart in the world – according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Don’t believe it? Here’s the now official entry from the world-famous record book’s website: “The fastest speed attained by a golf cart is 166.81 km/h (103.65 mph) and was achieved by Robby Steen (USA) driving a Plum Quick Motors golf cart at Darlington Dragway, South Carolina, USA on 4 October, 2013.”

Steen, co-owner of Plum Quick, along with dad Carson and brother Ricky, said they got the news Nov. 14.

“I knew as soon as I read the first three words of ‘We are delighted to inform you ...’” Steen said of getting the news. “It was one of those things that you’ve been after for a long time and you finally get it ... It’s just a real good feeling.”

For those who haven’t followed the Indian Land high-performance electric motor manufacturer’s record chase, the Oct. 4 run at Darlington was the second such attempt.

Guinness officials turned down the company’s first attempt last year in its Tee Time modified golf cart, saying it didn’t “look” enough like a traditional golf cart with its roll cage and wide racing slicks in back.

Not to be outdone, the Steens went back to the drawing board and came back with the two-seat, regular-looking – but obviously very fast-running – Tee Up.

Steen said the great thing about earning the title was that it was a team effort that, in addition to his dad and brother, included the support of his wife Sheila, sons Noah and Jacob, nephew Matt Steen and many others.

Steen said for now the family is going to bask in the glory of a job well done for awhile and try to capitalize on the effort. After that, he said, who knows?

“Everybody recognizes the Guinness Book of World Records,” Steen said. “So, we’re in the process now of talking to some potential sponsors, so hopefully we’ll have some national companies using the golf cart to sponsor a product line.

“And then, hopefully, if things go well with that, we’re looking at going back and breaking our own record with a new golf cart,” he said. “I just can’t wait to get my (Guinness) certificate and hold it in my hand.”

To see the Steens’ record, visit http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/8000/fastest-golf-cart.

 

Contact reporter Reece Murphy at (803) 283-1151