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“My whole drive on all this is I want to have the record videotaped. I want to have it documented properly and be the first person to put it in the ‘Guinness Book of World Records,’” Holgate said. “That will kind of redeem myself, not so much for them, but for me.”
Out on the lake bed, Holgate drags his dust-covered buggy onto the desert floor. A water bottle is duct-taped to the seat to form a makeshift headrest, and a Gatorade bottle is taped to the bottom to prop up the seat. The buggy sits just a half-inch off the ground and is perfectly designed to cut through the wind.
When Holgate pulls out his sprawling kite, his friend and fellow kite-buggier Bobby Muse teases him.
Muse says with a grin.
It’s not just about flying the kite so that it catches the wind; it’s about finding the right angles, Holgate explained. It takes practice but also a natural feel for where the wind is going to be to get the maximum output.
“I can feel the kite, feel where it’s at and how much power it has and what I need to slow down or speed up,” Holgate said.
Holgate is one of only 38 people who have ever gone faster than 62 mph, according to kite buggy website popeyethewelder.com.
“It’s amazing to watch (people riding kite buggies), especially Brian,” said Holgate’s friend Steve Holeman. “It’s amazing what he can do on that thing.”
By Brian Nordli
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