Mini Mayfair Smashes World Record
Brothers Claim Tightest Parallel Parking Record
Guinness World Records has confirmed that two brothers have smashed the record for the tightest parallel park. John Moffatt, thirty-one, from Gloucester – using only his handbrake and steering wheel - therefore slid his classic Mini Mayfair into a space only 13.1cm longer than the car. It lined-up perfectly with a simulated curb that left it sandwiched between two other classic Minis. One was white, one was blue, John's was red. How patriotic. His thirty-three year old brother, Alastair, replicated his success moments later so they now share the world record. But this was not easy. There were numerous failed attempts that led to frustration, nerves, bent body panels, and scuffed paintwork. Further pressure came courtesy of BBC television cameras that were recording every move. But persistence paid and both men eclipsed the previous record by 0.9cm. This was set by Ronny Wechselberger, in Germany, last year via his Volkswagen up!John Moffatt told This Is Gloucester: “when I broke the world record I was in shock". His older sibling concluded: “the fact that we hold the world record together is great as we are very competitive with each other but John continually reminds me that he got it first".