Watch: world’s tightest ever reverse parallel park

Published: 12 November 2015

► Tightest ever reverse parallel park
► Beats previous record by 1cm
► A new Mini would never have fit…

Some people just can’t resist showing off, can they? British stunt driver Alastair Moffatt today bagged a new record for the tightest ever parallel park – in reverse. The tricky J-turn-into-handbrake-turn feat was part of Guinness World Records Day, a series of concurrent record attempts taking place around the world.

Moffatt was already the holder of a tightest parallel park record, popping a Fiat 500C into a spot 7.5cm longer than the car itself in January 2015. This time he’s bagged the record for doing the same thing in reverse, inserting a classic Mini Cooper into a combined distance of 34cm between itself and the cars in front and behind.

The new record shaves 1cm off the previous best, set by German driver Ronny Wechselberger (Ronny C’ Rock to his friends) in 2012. Watch the video of the new record above, and if you’re wearing a hat, take it off.

Breathe in: Moffat's Mini sets a new world record for the tightest ever reverse parallel park

By James Taylor

CAR's deputy features editor, occasional racer