Sometime near the end of June, John Daynard of Rainy River First Nations will join about 65,000 people this year who are attempting to set or break a Guinness world record.
In fact, Daynard is very confident he will be able to set three records involving transport truck tires.
“I’m going to take a mounted transport tire and rim, and then I’m going to rip the rubber off the rim, and put it back on, and dismount and mount that tire 10 times in three minutes or less,” he noted, explaining that dismount and mount means he will continue to take off the rubber and put it back on.
“I figure I could get it in two minutes [but] I just don’t want to brag I can do it in two,” he reasoned.
For the second record, Daynard said he can “dismount and mount that tire with a butter knife and a spoon in 15 seconds.”
“And then I can do it blindfolded again in 20 seconds [for the third potential record],” he added.
“I checked with Guinness [World Records] and there are no records pertaining to transport tires,” Daynard said.
“I will set them, obviously.”
Daynard has been working with transport tires for a long time, and his experiences prompted him to try to set a record.
“I changed transport tires for 17 years,” he noted. “I’m licensed in Ontario since ’96, but I’ve been doing it since ’92.
“Every place I worked at, I became the best guy they ever had,” Daynard said. “I did things I thought were amazing, and now I’m going to prove it.
“I thought I was the best, and I’m going to prove it,” he reiterated.
“I haven’t done it in five years, I’ve had another job, but I’ll be opening my own business on July 1 [or at the end of June],” Daynard added.
“So I’m using this as a publicity event to launch my business.”
Daynard said his business is “John the Tire Man”—a mobile tire repair truck that he drives around.
“Wherever you have a flat, you call me, I show up, I fix it, done deal,” he remarked.
“If you have a tire to fix, I can fix it,” he stressed. “I’ve done it a thousand times.”
Daynard also noted he checked with Guinness and no person who has a world record now has ever identified themselves as a status Indian (aboriginal).
“So I think that I might be the first status Indian to have a Guinness world record.”
Daynard said he’s waiting for funding from Rainy River First Nations to get the tire and rim to use for his world record attempts, which might take a few days.
“And then I need a week to practice,” he noted.
“If the band doesn’t fund me, then Harold McQuaker is going to,” Daynard added.
“I wanted to give my own band the chance to support me,” he reasoned. “If they don’t, he’s going to.”
The rim will cost $128 while the tire will be $652.
Once Daynard knows where the funding is coming from, he also will know whether the event will take place on his reserve or at Harold McQuaker Enterprises.
He said he needs a brand new tire, not a used one.
“I don’t want Guinness or anybody else to say, ‘Anybody could get a tire that’s so old it will just fall off on the rim by itself.’
“To me that’s cheating,” he remarked. “That’s why I want to use a brand new tire and a brand new rim, and I don’t want no questions.
“And besides,” he concluded, “I want to use that piece afterwards; that thing will be valuable.
“I’ll put it on eBay and sell it.”