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Amazing feat of world's tightest parallel parking by two Gloucester brothers

By citizenmike  |  Posted: March 13, 2013

The brothers after completing their world record

The brothers after completing their world record

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Many of us are guilty of some terrible parallel parking.

But two Gloucester men are putting most motorists to shame by achieving the world record for the tightest parallel park.

Brothers Alastair and John Moffatt successfully pulled off the record breaking parking stunt with just 13.1cm to spare between the cars.

That's shorter than the length of an average pencil.

This record was previously held by German driver, Ronny Wechselberger, and stood at 14cm achieved on 18th June 2012 in a VW Up. Prior to Ronny holding this record, previous holders have resided in China, New Zealand, and back in the 1990's this was held by the UK, making this a welcome return after a 20 year world tour.

John, 31, was first to break the record. He said: "When I broke the world record I was in shock."

The pressure was then on for Alastair, 33, to follow suit.

He said: "When I achieved it, all I felt was relief. The light was fading and I only had one or two attempts left so the pressure was on.

"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."

Their challenge was filmed for the new BBC children's show Official Amazing.

The new record, achieved in December, but screened by the BBC today, is held in joint names, as both John and Alastair achieved the 13.1cm gap within 20 minutes of each other under strictly controlled, laser measured and officially adjudicated conditions.

The pair compete in various forms of motorsport and have done so since the age of 8.

They are also both instructors for Stunt Drive UK, a stunt driving experience day company.

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