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2014-05-08 09:27

WORLD RECORD: The National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, England, set a Guinness World Record for the Longest Line of Toy Cars. Image: Newspress

LONDON, England - The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu in England has broken the world record for the Longest Line of Toy Cars.

Volunteers took 10 hours to lay the line of 24 189 toy cars which snaked for 1.91km around the motor museum itself and through picturesque grounds.

The effort beat the Guinness World Record of 14 310 toy cars set in Füssen, Germany.

CELEBRITY LINE-UP

Beaulieu’s record requires verification by Guinness World Records but organisers are confident adjudicators will put their stamp of approval on the attempt to secure its place in history.

The line-up included models signed and donated by a host of celebrities, among them Pink Floyd drummer and classic car racer Nick Mason, UK TV motoring presenters Quentin Willson, Vicki Butler-Henderson and Edd China.

Sir Stirling Moss donated a model of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR in which he won the Mille Miglia in 1955).

Judges took three hours to count and check the line-up, making sure that no toy tanks, trains, caravans or boats were present.

The final two cars in the line-up were signed models of Bloodhound SSC and Thrust SSC donated by Land Speed Record-breakers Wing Commander Andy Green OBE and Richard Noble.

The models will be sold at a Beaulieu autojumble over May 17/18 to raise money for a hospice. Sam West, a co-ordinator for Naomi House, "placed the final car on behalf of four children from the hospice who watched the record being set.”

Andy Ollerenshaw, from Beaulieu’s events team, said: “It’s been a really fun and worthwhile project. We were overwhelmed by the response  from the public who donated cars and visitors on the day."
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