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   Driving a car through the smallest gap-world record set by Dave Ackland

  PLYMOUTH, UK -- In a 1968 Vauxhall Viva. driver Dave Ackland, aged 39, from Keyham, drove on two wheels through a gap 67cm wider than the height of the car, at the Barbican Leisure Park, setting the new world record for driving a car on two wheels through the smallest gap.

   Photo: The 39-year-old drove his black 1968 Vauxhall Viva through a 2.02m gap, beating the previous record by 1cm. /  SWNS photo  (enlarge photo)   

The difficult move, known as skiing, is considered the 'Holy Grail' of car stunts and has been used in two Bond films, and the US television series Knight Rider and the Dukes of Hazzard.

Mr Dave Ackland, a professional stunt driver from Plymouth, Devon drove over a ramp at around 8mph to flip the vehicle onto its rightside wheels.

Using finely-judged movements of the steering wheel to keep the car balanced and moving in a straight line, he passed through two columns of cardboard boxes just 2.02m apart.

   Mr Dave Ackland said: "I've been perfecting my two-wheel stunt driving for several years and I felt ready to take on this challenge. "It's not so much a dangerous stunt for someone who's been doing it for years, and distance is not a problem - it's precision that's key."

  "It's not so much a dangerous stunt for someone who's been doing it for years, and distance is not a problem - it's precision that's key."

   Photo: Dave Ackland performing his two wheel stunt driving show (enlarge photo)

   The record is calculated in relation to the car's size because when the car is tipped on its side the height becomes the width.

Dave Ackland said: I'd like to thank everyone involved in making this world record possible, especially John Blakemore, manager at the Barbican Leisure Park, the Rev Mike Symonds, Cllr Glenn Jordan, Alex Lummis, Frontline Image Ltd, and of course my wife Debbie, and the rest of my family.

   Growing up in Plympton in the 1970s, Dave idolised daredevils such as Evel Knievel and Eddie Kidd, imitating their stunts on his push-bike.

   Dave Ackland learned the tricks of the trade while touring the country doing stunt shows before returning to Plymouth and setting up his own company, performing at summer events.

Dave said his ambitions for the future included touring the country with his own show, introducing new daredevil stunts with blindfolds and perhaps even getting members of the public involved in the exciting action.

If you would like to find out more about Dave Ackland's stunts, visit his website at
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