Car pulling world record smashed

Strongman Simon Plant smashed the world record for pulling chained-together cars at the weekend.

The 42 year-old builder pulled 14 Ford Fiestas, weighing nearly 16 tonnes, a distance of 18 feet six inches. The previous record was 12 cars over 15 feet.

Simon achieved the feat at the third attempt. “I’m thrilled to have done it,” he said. “It was a really tough challenge but thankfully it was a case of third time lucky. I knew I would do it, it was just a case of could I do it before it started raining and I’d lose my grip. Thankfully, I did it and I couldn’t be happier.”

Simon is a regular competitor in strongman events. He trained for the record with three ‘intense’ gym sessions a week for six months. He previously held a record 11 years ago for pulling a 28-tonne lorry over 100 feet. An attempt to pull a plane along the runway at East Midlands Airport is on the cards for 2015.

The cars and location for the attempt were provided by Motorpoint in Derby. General Manager Satvir Atwal said: “We are absolutely honoured to have helped power Simon’s World Record attempt. To have finally achieved his goal, and smashed the World Record on the third time of asking in front of so many people, was quite remarkable.”

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