Saskatchewan

Regina man pops a record wheelie, raises $3K for cancer

Lucas Henwood set a new ATV record for popping a wheelie. He also raised some money for cancer while doing it.

Lucas Henwood travelled 51 km at Kings Park Speedway with one wheel in the air

Lucas Henwood pops a wheelie while a drifter spins around him at the Kings Park Speedway outside of Regina, Sask. (Christina Michell )

A new record was set on Saturday in Regina, and it took two wheels, 51 kilometres and 102 laps to do it. 

Lucas Henwood used his 1985 Honda three-wheeler at Kings Park Speedway to ride into the record books for longest wheelie on an ATV.

For two hours and four minutes, 31-year-old Henwood did lap after lap with one wheel in the air at the speedway as car drivers known as drifters spun doughnuts and screeched their tires around him before a crowd. 

For his part, Henwood wanted to do more than just put on a good show. The event raised money for the Canadian Cancer Society.

"[Cancer has] hit my family hard, as so many others, so it just made sense. As long as I can do something good with my riding, I'll continue to do so," he said while on CBC Saskatchewan's The Afternoon Edition.

Lucas Henwood props his three-wheeler ATV on top of a drifter car at Kings Park Speedway outside of Regina, Sask. (Christina Michell)

He has lost a 50-year-old aunt and a 21-year-old cousin to the disease, both on his dad's side of the family.

At the day's end at Kings Park, he and the event organizers raised a total of $3,000. 

Riding is also close to his heart, Henwood said. He started riding with his dad in the foothills of Calgary and the nearby mountains.

He moved to Regina three years ago from Calgary.

"Being far away from my family, it's a way to be close with them," he said.

"I wanted to do something good with [riding]. Truth is, I'm just a little kid still. I just want to ride. I wanted to do something good with it and the Canadian Cancer Society is definitely a very worthy cause," he said. 

Henwood said that as he grows his support and his sponsor-base, he wants to put on bigger shows that draw in more donations and support.

"I want to help out families directly. Think about a mom and a dad in your average blue-collar home. They have all the responsibilities that come with life, then one of them gets sick. They go from two incomes down to one. I want to help families like that."

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