Today, most people know Mike Wolfe as the creator and star of American Pickers. He started the show because he wanted to share his love of history with the world. To him, sharing stories of the antiques he finds as well as the folks who collect them is the best way to do that. Wolfe famously started picking at a very young age. He found a bicycle in the garbage when he was in kindergarten. That day, he skipped school and spent all day cleaning it up. That bike turned into a passion for rusty gold that led him to where he is today. In short, Mike built his success on his passion. But, when he was a kid, his dreams were much different.
Mike Wolfe desperately wanted to be in the Guinness Book of World Records when he was a kid. He even worked at breaking a world record for a while. He opened up about this desire during an event promoting his book Kid Picker back in 2013.
Mike Wolfe Tries to Break a World Record
Unsurprisingly, Mike Wolfe’s road to the Guinness Book of World Records started with picking. He told the crowd at the promotional event, “I found a wheelchair in a junkyard one time. I think I was in like seventh or eighth grade, and I was like ‘I’m going to do the world’s longest wheelchair wheelie’.”
Mike Wolfe had a goal and started working hard to achieve it. He told the crowd that he spent countless hours in that wheelchair with the front wheels in the air. “That whole summer, everywhere I went, I was wheelchair wheelie-ing.” All of his friends, he said, were right there with him. They would follow him and his wheelchair on their bikes. By the end of the summer, Mike was a wheelchair daredevil. “I was spinning around on it. I was rockin’ this thing.”
Unfortunately, Mike Wolfe never got the chance to go for the world record wheelchair wheelie. He went to his grandmother’s house in Colorado and came back to a saddening sight. “My wheelchair was all bent to hell. The wheels looked like potato chips.” H
e said that his friends decided to use the chair while he was gone. They weren’t just popping wheelies in it, though. His friends took it over ramps often enough to destroy the wheels.
When the event took place, Mike Wolfe was able to look back on his wrecked wheelchair with a laugh. However, at the time, it was no laughing matter. “I was devastated,” he said about how he felt after coming home to find his ticket to the Guinness Book of World Records in such horrible shape.
“It was like my dream of… being in the Guinness Book of World Records was crushed.”
With a smile, Mike Wolfe admitted, “I’ve always been weird.” But, we wouldn’t want him any other way.