Longest time spent driving in a roundabout: Oran Sands sets world record (VIDEO) CARMEL, IN, USA -- After missing a turn on his way to work, an Indiana man set out to set the record for longest time spent driving in a roundabout; on Oct. 13 Oran Sands, a 64-year-old software designer from Carmel, drove his 1987 Volkswagen Cabriolet around a local roundabout for over three and a half hours, thus setting the new world record for Longest time spent driving in a roundabout,
according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: Oran Sands, a 64-year-old software designer from Carmel, drove his 1987 Volkswagen Cabriolet around a local roundabout for over three and a half hours. (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records' record for for driving to the highest altitude by car is 6,688 m (21,942 ft) achieved by Gonzalo Bravo and Eduardo Canales (both Chile) with a 1986 modified Suzuki Samurai on the slopes of the Ojos Del Salado volcano, Atacama, Chile on 21 April 2007.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the largest parade of convertibles; it is 270 cars and was organised by the MX-5 Owner's Club (UK) at the Blyton Park Driving Centre, Lincolnshire, UK, on 1 July 2012. Sands was struck with the idea to try for the record when he missed his turn headed to work one day and realized that no one watching could notice that he took another turn around the roundabout.
"If you've ever missed your exit from a roundabout and felt embarrassed doing a second lap, rejoice! Because no one knows it's your second lap," he wrote in a post on Oppositelock in which he chronicled his journey to the obscure world record.
Even though there was no previous record, Sands set out to make his official time a lengthy three hours and 34 minutes to ensure that it would hold up to future challengers.
Mayor Jim Brainard, who Sands says is known as the "Roundabout King" also rode with Sands for 10 minutes.
Brainard proclaimed Oct. 13 as Roundabout World Record Day in Carmel, which is known as the roundabout capital of the United States.
Sands, 64, works as a software programmer. An avid cyclist, he has previously worked as a surgical photographer and producer for Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
There is no entry for consecutive time spent driving one roundabout in the Guinness Book of World Records. Sands has no immediate plans to pursue the Guinness World record.