Professional stuntman Josef Tödtling from Austria has entered the new Guinness World Records 2017 Edition for achieving the Longest distance pulled by a horse - full body burn during an attempt in Teichalm-Fladnitz, Styria, Austria.
Josef travelled an incredible 500 m (1640.42 ft) while completely engulfed in flames, but protected with several layers of clothing and cooling gel, as well as metal shin and elbow pads.
These were vital pieces of equipment, as the specially trained stunt horse kept up a brisk canter for the whole attempt, dragging Josef along on his front at about 35 km/h (21 mph).
Josef, who has 49 movie credits to his name, was accompanied on his bumpy journey by a quad-bike rider, who replenished the flames with lamp oil as needed.
Having made the full 500-m, pre-measured distance, Josef promptly outstripped it with another record: a 582-m (1,909-ft) haul, tied this time to the back of the quad bike – the Longest distance pulled by a vehicle (full-body burn).
Speaking of his record achievements during his photoshoot for the Guinness World Records 2017 Edition, the daredevil stuntman said: “It just feels amazing to be a Guinness World Records holder because there are many people in the world, and I did it best and […] that’s pretty cool and amazing.”
In 2013 Josef broke the record for the Longest duration full-body burn (without oxygen) by spending 5 min 41 sec aflame, in a full-body burn at Salzburg Fire Department in Austria.
Needless to say, this record required very careful preparation. And he had to keep a cool head to concentrate on controlling his movements: one careless gesture might have fanned flames into his eyes or mouth.
Josef appears in the Guinness World Records 2017 Edition book alongside loads of the world's most daring record breakers.