It will be a spectacular sight when the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu sets a new Guinness World Record on Bank Holiday Monday (May 5) for the Longest Line of Toy Cars ever.
The 15,000-plus toy cars will be lined up in a nose-to-tail 2km trail starting and finishing in the motor museum and snaking around the picturesque grounds outside.
The world record-beating line-up will include models signed and donated by a host of celebrities. Sir Stirling Moss has donated a model of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR in which he won the Mille Miglia race in 1955. Pink Floyd drummer and classic car racer Nick Mason and TV motoring presenters Quentin Willson, Vicki Butler-Henderson and Edd China have all signed and donated toy cars. Land Speed Record breakers Richard Noble OBE and Wing Commander Andy Green OBE have added signed models of their vehicles Thrust II and Thrust SSC.
Toy cars have flooded into collection points at 21 Sainsbury’s supermarkets across the south coast as well as Naomi House charity shops and many schools. Once the record has been set, they will be sold to raise money for Naomi House and Jacksplace hospices. Two children from Naomi House will lay the final cars to set the world record and complete the car line-up.
Beaulieu has to beat the current world record of 14,310 cars which was set in Füssen, Germany last year.
Andy Ollerenshaw, from Beaulieu’s Events team, said: “There is still a chance to have your toy car included in the world record attempt and to help make history.
“It will be an exciting event to come and watch on the day and children who bring two or more toy cars on May 5 will get half-price admission to Beaulieu. To qualify, donated cars can be of any type designed to be played with by hand including cars, lorries, tractors and quad bikes but not large enough to sit on.”
In the record breakers’ year, Beaulieu recently launched its new display For Britain and For The Hell of It – The Story of Land Speed Records which tells the story of British pluck, technological mastery and national pride, transporting you back to a golden age of invention, courage and patriotism. The display features the fastest vehicles on earth in their day and introduces you to those who are keeping the record breaking dream alive today.
For more information about the world record attempt visit: www.beaulieu.co.uk/recordattempt