We spent many hours creating races and traffic jams with toy cars, but never did our exploits reach the lengths achieved by the U.K.’s National Motor Museum. This week, volunteers spent ten hours arranging 24,189 toy cars in a 1.2-mile line — enough to garner a new Guinness World Record.
The record for the longest line of toy cars was previously set in Germany, at 14,310 cars. To ensure they’d have enough miniature motors to set a new record, staff at The National Motor Museum put out a call for donations in early February. Locals donated thousands of toy cars at special drop-off bins installed at nearby supermarkets, while several celebrities also pitched in. Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, as well as British T.V. celebrities Question Willson, Vicki Butler-Henderson, and Edd China, all signed cars for the record attempt. Sir Stirling Moss gave the museum a model of a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR that matches the one in which he won the 1955 Mille Miglia race. Making matters tougher, the record attempt consisted only of cars — toy tanks, trains, caravans, and boats were specifically disallowed.
Although Guinness World Records hasn’t yet fully examined and confirmed the new record, museum staff say they’re confident they’ve beaten the existing German record. Now that the record attempt is over, the museum plans to sell the 24,189 toy cars on May 17, with proceeds benefiting a nearby children’s hospice house.