Matthew “Bushy” McKelvey Breaks World Record

A Record-breaking achievement

Recently, SMG BMW Motorrad Umhlanga was privileged to be involved in the World Record breaking moment of inspiration from BMW Motorrad rider, Matthew “Bushy” McKelvey, at the Phakisa oval in Welkom. Bushy broke the world record for the longest distance covered on a motorbike in 24 hours- 3477kms, a record he reclaimed after holding it in 2014.

Riding a BMW S1000 XR, Bushy, a bilateral amputee from Pietermaritzburg, added over 67km to the previous world record of American Carl Reese, who held the record for almost 5 years. McKelvey, who turns 60 in February, set his latest record the hard way, fighting centrifugal forces at an average speed of over 170 km/h around the short 2,5km Phakisa oval. In comparison, the previous record was set on a 13,7km oval with a gentle 1.7km radius which allows for considerably more speed.

This amazing achievement also had a greater purpose. McKelvey used the record attempt to raise funds for the Grand Lodge of SA’s one million meals for children initiative.

SMG BMW Motorrad Umhlanga is proud to have partnered with Bushy on this extraordinary achievement. It truly is an ‘SMG Inspired’ moment.

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