A motoring journalist was given a heavy fine after speeding his Audi R8 up to 100mph through Snake Pass last November.

Joe Achilles, 40, of Village Road, Uxbridge uploaded a video of his Audi speeding through the pass.

Achilles was given six points on his licence and fined over £600 after police identified his speeding from a Facebook video.

The driver sped from The Snake Pass Inn, along the scenic road, where he ended in Fulwood.

The Snake pass or A57 is known as one of the most notoriously dangerous roads in the UK. The speed limit is 50mph, which Achilles nearly doubled in his £100,000 sports car, hitting 93mph during one stretch.

Derbyshire Police spotted the video on the journalist’s account whilst investigating an entirely different matter. Officers said they could see the car was driving “well over the speed limit”.

Sergeant Adam Shipley said: “We needed to be able to prove the speed the car was travelling at along what, myself and my team know only too well, is one of our most deadly roads.”

“The Facebook video showed road markings and traffic signs that were distinctive, and which were able to be identified in the video.”

With the distances and times established it was possible to calculate a series of average speeds between the landmarks. 

The slowest speed from the sports car was 58mph – and the fastest being 93mph.

Achilles was summoned to Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court where he was found guilty of speeding. He was handed a fine of £615, ordered to pay costs of £620 and given six points.

Sergeant Shipley said: “This type of driving is careless, reckless and selfish.

“On this occasion, thankfully nobody died, but all too often the outcome very different.

“For a man who drives for a profession, I am appalled that he seemingly has so little value for the lives of other road users.

“Strapping a Go Pro to the side of a car and driving in this manner – all in a bid to get viewers on social media – is quite frankly pathetic.”