Tightest parallel parking: British brothers broke Guinness world record (VIDEO)
LONDON, UK -- Alastair and John Moffat, from Gloucester, squeezed their vintage Mini Mayfairs into a parallel space with just 13.1cm to spare between two cars and setting the new world record for the Tightest parallel parking,
according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: Gloucester natives Alastair and John Moffatt managed to slide a couple Mini Mayfairs between two other cars with just 13.1 centimeters to spare — a tick more than the diameter of a compact disc. That made it a world record at nearly a full centimeter less than prior record-holder, Ronny Wechselberger, whose feat stood at 14 centimeters. (enlarge photo)
The previous Guinness world record for the tightest parallel park was 14 cm (5.51 in) and was achieved by Ronny Wechselberger aka Ronny C' Rock (Germany), at Flugplatz Kindel in Eisenach, Germany.
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The brothers used a combination of speed and handbrake and steering precision to beat the previous Guinness world record, held by Ronny Wechselberger, of 14cm.
The previous Guinness world record was set last year in a Volkswagen Up.
John, 31, was first to break the mark, before his elder brother matched the feat after several attempts.
Each driver was made to skid their car into place in one attempt, without touching the vehicles in front of behind them, or a white piece of timber mimicking the gutter.
"When I achieved it, all I felt was relief," Alastair said."The light was fading and I only had one or two attempts left so the pressure was on.
"The fact that we hold the world record together is great as we are very competitive with each other but John continually reminds me that he got it first."