Worlds Amazing Driving – World Record

October 3, 2008 at 6:27 pm | Posted in America, entertainment, Information, USA, World | 2 Comments
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Driving a car through the smallest gap-Amazing world record set by Dave Ackland
PLYMOUTH, UK — In a 1968 Vauxhall Viva. driver Dave Ackland, aged 39, from Keyham, drove on two wheels through a gap 67cm wider than the height of the car, at the Barbican Leisure Park, setting the new world record for driving a car on two wheels through the smallest gap.

The 39-year-old drove his black 1968 Vauxhall Viva through a 2.02m gap, beating the previous record by 1cm.

The difficult move, known as skiing, is considered the ‘Holy Grail’ of car stunts and has been used in two Bond films, and the US television series Knight Rider and the Dukes of Hazzard.

Mr Dave Ackland, a professional stunt driver from Plymouth, Devon drove over a ramp at around 8mph to flip the vehicle onto its rightside wheels.

Using finely-judged movements of the steering wheel to keep the car balanced and moving in a straight line, he passed through two columns of cardboard boxes just 2.02m apart.

“It’s not so much a dangerous stunt for someone who’s been doing it for years, and distance is not a problem – it’s precision that’s key.”

The record is calculated in relation to the car’s size because when the car is tipped on its side the height becomes the width.

Dave said his ambitions for the future included touring the country with his own show, introducing new daredevil stunts with blindfolds and perhaps even getting members of the public involved in the exciting action.


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