The year is coming to an end and we are already thinking about our goals for 2018. But don’t get obsessed with typical New Year’s resolutions like going to the gym or signing up for a language course. We know you are a car/bicycle/motorbike lover and you love everything that has to do with transport; Today’s 4CarLovers is about some original goals for next year. We know… It’s a bit too much… Here are some amazing vehicle-related Guinness World Records. Are you willing to give it a try?
Let’s start with cars. The most participants in a car race was 216 cars at an event organised by Jay Lamm and The 24 Hours of Lemons racing series at Thunderhills raceway park, California, in 2014. Held yearly in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, The 24 Hours of Lemons is well-known as a parody of The 24 Hours of Le Mans. The race was won by the Cerveza Racing Team who completed 180 laps during the 14.5 hour race.
Another interesting record was beaten this month, on December. The largest parade of Ford Mustang cars, 960, was achieved in Mexico. Ford Motor Company and Centro Dinámico Pegaso S.A. de C.V. beat the previous record, 766 Mustangs (Oregon, 2014). Coming from different regions in Mexico, 960 drivers participated in the 3.2 Km Mustang Stampede.
Are you good at parallel parking? Then try and break the tightest parallel park record to date. The tightest parallel park is 7.5 cm and was performed by Alastair Moffatt driving a Fiat 500C. The feat was achieved during the AutoSport International show in Birmingham in 2015.
And if you are into heavy vehicles, you’ll be interested to know about the longest ramp jump by a truck cab. In July 2015, Gregg Godfrey’s jump in Montana measured 50.60 m. He previously held this record at 15.39 m. Did you know the heaviest limousine is almost 23,000 kilos? It is the heaviest limousine in the world and therefore a Guinness World Record. Midnight Rider features three lounges and can accommodate up to 40 passengers. Its horn plays the theme of “The Midnight Rider” by the Allman Brothers. It was designed by Michael Machado and Pamela Bartholemew from California.
There are many curious records for motorcycle lovers. The longest motorcycle is 26.29 m long, more than 4 m longer than the previous record. It was created by Bharat Sinh Parmar in Jamnagar (India). Bharat rode it along a road for 100 m without putting his feet down. Rocky Robinson broke the record for the fastest land speed on a motorcycle. In 2010, Robinson achieved an average speed of 605 km/h over one measured kilometre in Utah. The fastest speed achieved on a mono-wheel motorcycle is 98.464 km/h. It wash achieved by Kevin Scott (UK).
A major challenge to monowheel riders is remaining seated at the base of the vehicle and avoiding looping around with the outer wheel.
The highest bicycle, or the longest one, or the bicycle with the biggest wheels… Records have been broken for all such feats. For these and other records in transport, see the Record Guinness official webpage. What is your record?