We continue our look back on an incredible year of record-breaking with the month that saw the news dominated by the election of Pope Francis as new head of the Catholic Church.

Elsewhere, veteran rock star David Bowie stunned the world of music by releasing his first new album in ten years, while gadget fans queued to get their hands on Samsung’s new Galaxy S4 smartphone.

March was punctuated with several significant motoring world records.

London’s 02 Arena saw 16 riders from daredevil bike crew Team Nitro defy the odds to set a new world record for most motorcycles performing a backflip simultaneously.

Riders from Europe, New Zealand, and the USA, took to the air in style, perfectly executing their backflips while just inches away from those either side of them.

Elsewhere, UK engineer and conservationist Martin Bacon took the notion of having a caffeine boost to a whole new level after setting a new world record for the fastest coffee-powered vehicle.

Driving his 'Bean Machine' - a Ford P100 pick-up he has converted by installing a gassifier at the back of the truck - the 42-year-old managed to drive at an average speed of 105.451 km/h (65.536 mph) during a run at Woodford Airfield in Stockport, Greater Manchester.

Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit played host to a new world record for longest vehicle drift as rally driver Adbho Feghali skidded his way into motoring history in a cloud of smoke and burning rubber.

Driving a Chevrolet Camaro SS, , the wheelman, who represents Red Bull's racing division completed 43 laps in 14.28 minutes, managing a skidtastic 11,180 m (36,679 ft 8 in) of continuous drifting.

The month also saw one of the most hotly contested motoring records, broken not once and twice. Even more incredibly, the tightest parallel parking world record would be broken by two brothers.

Alastair and John Moffatt from Gloucester, UK successfully pulled off the stunt with just 13.1cm to spare between the cars - a gap shorter than the length of an average pencil.

Driving vintage Mini Mayfairs, the brothers beat the previous world record, held by Ronny Wechselberger aka Ronny C' Rock, which measured in at 14cm.

March also saw us feature an interview on www.guinnessworldrecords.com with film and TV actor, Misha Collins, the brains behind the Largest media scavenger hunt world record.

14,580 participants in 972 teams took part in the most recent GISHWHES event, tasked with acting out wacky activities such as having a romantic three Michelin star dinner with a puppet and cleaning a swimming pool dressed as a Star Wars stormtrooper.

To read the interview, click here.

March also saw Eighties pop stars Kim Wilde and Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley perform the highest ever gig at 43,000ft (13,000m) on a Boeing 767 aeroplane.

Taking inspiration from one the hottest internet memes at the tart of the year, the veteran stars also showed they still had their fingers on the pulse by taking part in a second record, this time for the highest ever 'Harlem Shake', with Tony and Kim joining the plane's 128 passengers to perform Baauer's viral craze dance.

The month also saw us profile BMX Flatland rider Matti Hemmings, the current holder of the Guinness World Records Title for Most BMX Cliffhanger Spins (One Foot On The Handlebars) In One Minute with 56.

The cliffhanger spin is a BMX flatland trick in which the rider rolls on the front wheel of the bike with the seat held between their legs and their feet on the front pegs. This variation involves placing one foot on the handlebars and one foot on the pegs.

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