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Stunt driver takes out Guinness World Record for the world’s tightest parrallel park

14 January, 2015

Sick of giving up those convenient parking spots because you don’t know whether your car will fit? Well, Fiat may just have the answer, and it comes in the form of their 500 model

We’re not going to talk about reversing cameras or that automated parallel parking rubbish, though — globally recognized stunt driver Alastair Moffatt has claimed the Guinness World Record for the world’s tightest parallel park, behind the wheel of a Fiat 500C.

Alastair was able to slide the Fiat between two parked cars, into a gap only 7.5cm longer than the car. This was done with a completely standard car, with only the ESC disabled to allow the car to be controlled with the handbrake, and higher tyre pressures. Alastair also utilized a steering knob to help with the rapid wheel work required.

You might not be willing to engage in such antics, but may at least rest assured that if you find yourself behind the wheel of a 500, you should have no problem squeezing the tiny vehicle into those pesky probably-too-small parking spots.

Check out the video of Alastair Moffat actually parking the Fiat below:

The Jowett Jupiter turns 70

John Ball has always enjoyed tinkering with old boats and cars. He’s old enough to think having gearbox parts on newspaper on the floor of his bedroom, while the relevant car sat waiting on nail boxes, was a normal part of growing up. His passion has always tended towards old British bangers. He reckons he’s fortunate not to have got caught up in the American muscle scene.
John’s love affair with this Jupiter started in December 2015 when, with some time on his hands during a Christchurch trip, he searched online for ‘cars, before 1970 and in Christchurch’.

A passion for classics and customs

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