Longest journey reversing a tractor and trailer: Patrick Shalvey breaks Guinness world record (VIDEO)
DUBLIN, Ireland -- . Farmer Patrick Shalvey, whose family are hosting Big Week on the Farm on their dairy farm in Cootehill, Co Cavan, smashed the existing Guinness world record for reversing a tractor and trailer by 2.8 kilometres, according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: Farmer Patrick Shalvey, whose family are hosting Big Week on the Farm on their dairy farm in Cootehill, Co Cavan, smashed the existing world record for reversing a tractor and trailer by 2.8 kilometres. Photo: RTE (enlarge photo)
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the largest parade of Steyr tractors featured 1,338 vehicles, and was achieved by Franz Fischinger (Austria), in Weissenkirchen, Austria, on 02 July 2011. Mr. Fischinger has held this record previously.
Shalvey reversed from Lisgrey House in Virginia to Poles Co-op, on the Dubin road out of Cavan town – a massive 20km.
The previous Guinness world record was held by Kerryman Eamonn Hickson who managed 17.36 kilometres in August 2014.
To qualify as a world record, the entire journey had to be done in reverse using a commercially available tractor and trailer with no modifications.
Speaking after the attempt last week Shalvey said: "It seemed to go very well, we had no stops on it. We didn't have to stop and go forward at any point. I'm happy enough that it was done … it was 20.1km I was told. I'm very happy that it's done," he said.