A husband who admitted dangerous driving in his wife’s Ariel Atom high performance sports car has been given a nine-month suspended prison sentence.
Frederick Randles, 49, of Heath Bank, Chester, was also banned from driving for 18 months at Chester Crown Court.
Randles filmed himself speeding on B roads in Cheshire and North Wales on three occasions between July 11 and September 22, 2013.
A senior health and safety manager, he was only caught once he uploaded the footage to YouTube.
On handing down the sentence, Judge Nicholas Woodward said: “I am giving you a second chance and I hope you take that opportunity.”
Randles’s wife was the registered owner of the ‘road legal race car’, which can go from 0-60mph in less than three seconds.
She was completely unaware of her husband’s actions and the car was not confiscated as this would damage her as a ‘collateral victim’.
Three clips were shown to the court, the first showed the 49-year-old in the car with a friend as they drove down the B5130 between Huntington and Churton.
Myles Wilson, prosecuting, said special software had been used to determine how fast the car had been going.
His passenger repeatedly asked Randles to stop as he sped along the tight road, at times reaching over 100mph.
Judge Woodward said: “This film is very frightening and upsetting because you were driving at such incredibly high speeds.
“You were clearly enjoying yourself and also the terror of your passenger.”
The second video faced forwards and showed Randles, this time wearing a helmet, driving along the B4501 near Lake Brenig and hitting a maximum speed of 96.5mph.
A similar final clip showed the Atom reaching 86mph on the A525 Nant y Garth Pass.
Brendan O’Leary, defending, said: “He is deeply ashamed of his actions, but there was no accident and no injury.
“He is a dedicated family man and the fact he has had this hanging over him has made family life difficult.”
Randles added the three videos to his personal YouTube account, and one concerned viewer alerted the police.
Judge Woodward said: “Uploading the footage showed a complete disregard for any common sense in relation to the use of motor cars.”
Randles had pleaded guilty to two charges of dangerous driving and one count of careless driving at Chester Crown Court on June 25. He had also been disqualified from driving for 12 months in 2009.
On top of the suspended sentence, the defendant was ordered to do 250 hours unpaid work.
Former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson once said of the Atom: “I have never, ever driven anything that accelerates so fast.”
Speaking after the case, partnership manager Chris Hume of GoSafe, the Wales Road Casualty Reduction Partnership, said: “Very often it is the innocent people who are driving within the law that suffer the most, their lives get turned upside down and there is only one outcome.
“The exceptional speeds that Mr Randles was travelling were in excess of 100mph, putting himself and others at great risk.
“This case demonstrates the determination within GoSafe to pursue serious offences and I would like to thank those officers who worked extremely hard in this case.”