Taxi cab dragging in the money
A CASINO taxi driver plans to take his car off the road and onto the drag strip to raise money for local charities.
Ashley Clark-Smith of Casino Taxis wants to create a Guinness World Record for the fastest taxi over a quarter mile.
The aim is to raise money for both the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter and the Our Kids charity.
Mr Clark-Smith was inspired to begin fundraising after his son was born with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH).
While his son was being treated, Mr Clark-Smith saw the work done by Our Kids to purchase life-saving equipment for Northern Rivers hospitals.
He decided to raise money for the group with the help of his friend Peter Arthur, who also raises money for charities through his Trek Quest four-wheel-drive adventures.
"We actually talked about trying to create a record for the world's longest taxi drive and we talked about how that would work," Mr Arthur said.
"From memory, the longest fare was around 20,000km and we wanted to beat that, but then Ashley came up with a different idea."
Mr Clarke-Smith's moment of inspiration came while watching the world's fastest hearse race on television.
His family has been involved in the Casino taxi industry since 1977 so he instantly thought of using a cab to start the fundraising drive.
"I thought how quirky is this? I could raise money in the taxi," he said.
Mr Clark-Smith will take his Ford G6ET cab through its paces at the Summerland drag strip between 11am and 5pm today.
"It's a test run but hopefully it will also shock people about how quick this car can go," Mr Clark-Smith said.
He will then make his official world record attempt at the Willowbank Drags in Ipswich in a couple of months.