Have you ever tried pushing your car for whatever reason?
Maybe you have....but have you pulled one? That’s not very easy because it needs
super strength to pull a car. And it needs superman muscles to pull 14 cars!
In England’s Derby area, strongman Simon Plant pulled Ford
Fiesta cars, with a combined weight of almost 16 tonnes, over a distance of 18
feet and six inches on his third attempt. In the process he smashed the World
Record for pulling chained-together cars. The cars belonged to Motorpoint, UK’s
leading car supermarket. It joined forces with the 42 year-old builder in his
bid to pull 14 cars over a distance of 15 feet at the company’s headquarters in
Derby in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
According to a press release, Simon, who has been to three
‘intense’ gym sessions every week for over six months, didn’t disappoint,
pulling the 14 cars. The previous record for towing chained-together cars was
12 over a distance of 15 feet. Simon hopes to eventually raise several thousand
pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support through his efforts.
“I’m thrilled to have done it,” said Simon, stating that “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 no stranger to such challenges. He held a world
record 11 years ago for pulling a 28-tonne lorry over 100 feet and has competed
nationally and internationally at numerous ‘strong man’ events. He is currently
planning other World Record attempts for 2015 including pulling a plane along
the runway at East Midlands Airport.
Satvir Atwal, General Manager at Motorpoint Derby, said the
supermarket was absolutely honoured to have helped power Simon’s World Record
attempt. “He's been training tirelessly to be ready and 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. Pulling one car over 18ft would
be a challenge for most people. To pull 14 cars over 18ft with a combined
weight of almost 16 tonnes is nothing short of incredible and we have nothing
but admiration for what he has achieved here at Motorpoint Derby!" he
Atwal stated, in the press statement.
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