Beaulieu claims toy car world record

Thought traffic was bad over the recent bank holiday weekend? Be thankful you weren’t down in Hampshire, where a whopping 24,189 cars queued nose-to-tale in a record-breaking jam.

On the other hand, the congestion was only around 1.2 miles – and easily stepped over or around, as it consisted of toy cars.

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It was the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu’s attempt at breaking a world record for the longest line of toy cars, previously set by 14,310 toy cars in Füssen, Germany.

The line-up included rare cars such as a model of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR that Sir Stirling Moss used to win the Mille Miglia race in 1955, donated by the man himself.

Other toys were signed and donated by a host of celebrities from Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason to TV motoring presenters Quentin Willson, Vicki Butler-Henderson and Edd China.

Following the record attempt, the toy cars will be sold at Beaulieu’s Spring Autojumble on May 17 and 18 to raise money for Naomi House hospice.

Guinness World Records is yet to officially verify the attempt, but organisers are confident they’ll secure a place in record books.

Andy Ollerenshaw, from Beaulieu’s Events team, said: “It’s been a really fun and worthwhile project and something we’ve never done before at Beaulieu.

“We were overwhelmed by the response, both from members of the public who donated cars and visitors on the day. We’re hugely grateful to Sainsbury’s and local schools which collected toy cars to set the record, which exceeded our wildest expectations.”

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