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Record-Setting Line of Toy Cars Features 24,189 Scale Models

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/8/2014 Jason Udy

With 24,189 scaled vehicles, the previous world record for the longest line of toy cars set in Füssen, Germany has been obliterated. The new record set by the Beaulieu National Motor Museum in Hampshire, U.K. bests the old record of 14,310 toy cars by 9879 units.

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In total, it took volunteers 10 hours to snake the scale cars bumper-to-bumper 1.19 miles (1.91 km) through the Beaulieu and the adjacent grounds. Toy tanks, trains, trailers, and boats were not allowed. Several celebrities donated signed toy cars and trucks including Nick Mason of Pink Floyd fame and Sir Stirling Moss, who donated a model of his 1955 Mille Miglia race-winning Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR. Other vehicles were donated by British TV auto personalities Quentin Willson, Vicki Butler-Henderson, and Edd China of "Wheeler Dealers."

Officially counted by adjudicators Peter Jeffreys of Wilsons law firm in Salisbury, and Nigel Ballard of Mezars accountants, the achievement is expected to set a new Guinness World Record once the formalities have been completed. The record-breaking 14,311th vehicle is a scale model of the new British Land Speed Record contender dubbed the Bloodhound SSC, while the last two cars in the line were signed models of the Bloodhound SSC and Thrust SSC. Those cars are signed by Wing Commander Andy Green OBE (The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) and Richard Noble OBE.

Beaulieu National Motor Museum© Provided by MotorTrend Beaulieu National Motor Museum

The Bloodhound SSC prototype will be on display at Beaulieu beginning May 10 as part of the museum’s latest display titled For Britain and For The Hell of It -- The Story of Land Speed Records.

On May 17 and 18, the toy cars will be auctioned to raise money for the Naomi House hospice.

Source: Beaulieu

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