First established to commemorate the day in 2004 when Guinness World Records became the world’s best-selling copyright book, the 11th annual GWR Day on Thursday 12 November is set to capture the imagination of young and old, as people from every corner of the globe attempt some truly amazing and awe-inspiring feats.
Multiple-record holder and stunt drive specialist Alastair Moffatt will attempt to squeeze a classic Mini Cooper into a space leaving no more than a combined distance of just 34 cm between cars in front and behind, to achieve one of the most hotly contested records in the stunt driving field: the Tightest parallel parking in reverse.
Foot to the floor in reverse, Alastair will perform a dramatic J-turn, then a handbrake turn, to slot into an impossibly tight space.
The attempt is taking place at the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation and the First motor racing circuit, Brooklands, amongst a display of the greatest classic cars and vehicles Britain has ever produced, including an original 1925 London bus borrowed from the London Bus Museum.
Moffatt already holds the title for the Tightest parallel park after he slipped a Fiat 500C into a space only 7.5 cm (2.95 in) bigger than the car itself, during the AutoSport International show at the NEC in Birmingham, UK, on 8 January 2015.
As many as 650,000 other budding Guinness World Records title hopefuls from across the world will be taking part in GWR Day 2015 with challenges from Germany, USA, Japan, China and Peru and the UK.
In Peru, a talented skateboarding pooch will attempt to set the record for the Longest human tunnel travelled through by skateboarding dog. Otto the Bulldog will attempt to pass through the legs of 30 humans on his skateboard in a bid to enter the record books. In the USA, The Harlem Globetrotters will be using their jaw dropping skills and talents to achieve some spectacular GWR titles and the Largest chocolate coin in the world will be unveiled in Belgium.
Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday said: “Guinness World Records Day unites people across the planet from all walks of life, all of whom have one common goal – to become the greatest in the world at something. Whether you’re parking a car where it simply shouldn’t fit, restraining a Corvette using sheer brute force or building the world’s largest lipstick sculpture, Guinness World Records recognises and celebrates the achievements of anyone dedicated enough to be the best.”