Tightest reverse parallel park: Alastair Moffat breaks Guinness World Records record (VIDEO)
LONDON, UK -- A British stunt driver has broken the Guinness World Records world record for the tightest parallel park in reverse; Alastair Moffatt, 37, squeezed his classic Mini car into a parking space that left a combined total of 34 centimetres between the car in front and behind, beating the previous record set in 2012 by 1cm, according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: Stunt driver Alastair Moffatt reversed a classic Mini at 40 miles per hour, pulled the handbrake and spun it into a space with only 34cm of room to play with - breaking the Guinness world record for the tightest parallel park. Photo: PA (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records' record for the tightest parallel park in reverse has a space 34 cm (1 ft 1.3 in) larger than the car, and was achieved by Alastair Moffatt (UK) for Guinness World Records Day 2015 at Brooklands, Weybridge, UK, on 12 November 2015.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the Largest automated parking facility, set by The Emirates Financial Towers in Dubai, UAE, which has an automated parking facility that can store 1,191 cars and occupies a net internal area of 27,606.14 m² (297,150 ft²). The modular parking system is capable of multiple, simultaneous rapid pallet movements and is programmed to control a peak capacity of 360 cars per hour. Alastair Moffatt set the World Record at Brooklands, the birthplace of British motorsport.
Moffatt, who already holds the world record for the tightest parallel park, having having slipped a Fiat 500C into a space only 7.5 cm bigger than the car itself in January this year, said the reverse parallel park needed to be done at speed because the momentum was needed to flip the car around.
He reversed the Mini at 64 kilometres per hour over 70 metres before producing a handbrake spin and slide to finish between two other Minis.
"It would be physically impossible to get the car into the space by shunting it in," the told the Telegraph, adding that he had probably practiced the manoeuvre 100 times.