Strongman Simon Plant has smashed the World Record for pulling chained-together cars – with a little help from Motorpoint.
The UK’s leading car supermarket 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.
And Simon, who has been to three ‘intense’ gym sessions every week for over six months, didn’t disappoint, pulling14 Ford Fiestas, with a combined weight of almost 16 tonnes, over a distance of 18 feet and six inches on the third attempt. 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,” explained Simon. “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, added:“We are 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!”