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Tieton Cart Races Set World Record

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TIETON, WA. -- The small town of Tieton hosted a record breaking event Sunday for their second annual cycle cart races. And it brought in people from all over the world.


These carts are literally modeled out of the 1900's and they're here to do one thing, race. By doing that, they did something that has never been done before. 


You just watched history. The second annual cycle cart races in Tieton included 17 cart drivers zooming through city streets. It may not seem like a large number but these races are the largest collection of cycle cart drivers, racing on city streets, in known human history. 


"There's really no town that we know of that would actually allow you to drive in the public streets," Dan Settler said. "Driving amongst your friends is a lot more interesting than driving alone."


All these carts are built and maintained by their owners, which allows a tremendous amount of creativity. The only rule, each cart has to have the same size motor and the same size wheels.


"They're all handmade," Claudia Vernia said. "Each one is designed independent of any other car, they're unique, one of a kind pieces."


With such a big crowd for such a specialized sport, people came from pretty far away. Most of them from the West side, 2 from Arizona, one from Canada. But by far the longest trip taken to Tieton was done by Rhyse Nolan. who came all the way from New Zealand, to do this. 


"It was one of those middle of the night, I want to do it," Rhyse Nolan. "And I've learned over my life that when you have those moments you just have to take them. Well otherwise you're just going to regret one day that you didn't."


In the second heat of the day, Rhyse's team was right in the thick of things. Rhyse raced around the corners, on his way to a third place finish. So was the 7,000 mile trip worth it?


"How was the race?" we asked.


"Oh just great. Fantastic," Rhyse said.


In a scene more suited for the early 1900's, these 17 racers sped their way into the history books. And these drivers aren't here for a big cash reward or any huge recognition, they do it for the love of the sport. 

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