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  • Renowned stunt driver Alastair Moffatt has claimed the Guinness World Record* for the Tightest Parallel Park
  • Driving a standard FIAT 500C 1.2 Cult, Alastair managed to park in a spot just 7.5cm longer overall than the vehicle
  • Alastair's astonishing skill, and the agility of the FIAT 500, will be on display at the Performance Car Show, part of the 2015 Autosport International Racing Car Show, from January 8-11 at the NEC Birmingham.

Globally-renowned stunt driver Alastair Moffatt has reclaimed his Guinness World Record* for the Tightest Parallel Park during the Performance Car Show at the 2015 Autosport International Racing Car Show (January 8-11, NEC Birmingham).

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Driving a FIAT 500C 1.2 Cult, Alastair was able to execute the astonishing parking manoeuvre, sliding neatly between a FIAT 500S TwinAir 105hp and a FIAT 500C Colour Therapy TwinAir 85hp, with a mere 7.5cm to spare. The vehicles used are all completely standard, with no modifications made the engines, gearboxes, chassis or brakes. The ESC had to be disconnected to allow the FIAT 500 to be controlled using the handbrake, and the tyre pressures were also increased to compensate for the abrasiveness of the surface. Alastair also added a steering knob to facilitate this extreme driving manoeuvre.

Alastair, a Master Instructor at Stunt Drive UK, previously held the Guinness World Record for the Tightest Parallel Park at 8.6cm and also has records for Tightest Double Parallel Park and Tightest Triple Parallel Park.

Commenting on his achievement, Alastair noted, "It's wonderful to have my record back! With the gap getting ever smaller, finding the right vehicle is increasingly important, so the light weight, agility, dimensions and parking-friendly shape of the FIAT 500 makes it perfect to getting into even the tightest parking spots." Alistair's astounding display of precision driving will be repeated during each Performance Car demonstration throughout the weekend.

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Kate McLaren for FIAT UK commented, "We're delighted that Alastair chose the FIAT 500 to reclaim his parking crown and we congratulate him on his remarkable achievement! Obviously, we don't recommend that people attempt such amazing manoeuvres in public, but it's good to know just how manoeuvrable a FIAT 500 really is in the hands of a trained professional."
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Wow thats cool man !
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This kind of stuff is possible only with a Fiat!
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This kind of stuff is possible only with a Fiat!
a Modern FIAT.
as my my 80's fiat's handbrakes were awful..!!
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I get compliments wherever I go in my 2012 Fiat POP in mint green. Aside from the color, which I knew would be an attention getter, people are impressed with the "European look". I work with elderly people, and they are especially fond of the retro look (as I am at "only" 50).
It came with a few kinks from the dealer, but has been FUN to drive. I never enjoyed driving before - in my life!
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Easy on the way in but a *ugger of a job to get out again
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thats unreal , the only way i'd be able to do that without trashing everything would be the help from a forklift
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I'm not sure he did this without touching either car.

Isn't the trick to carefully get entry angle and speed correct timing the forward momentum to be near zero and then use the mass of the car in front to be an anchor and pivot point.

You start with a large gap at the rear and then move the rear car further and further forward. I think the limit point is defined by the geometric shape, half diagonal dimensions and the lovely rounded corners of the 500, hence "getting the right car".

I can demonstrate if someone cares to lend me their 500 for a few days A handful of cars would be preferable!
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Pah! That's nothing, Mrs. Beard does that on a regular basis in her 156.

Actually, that's not..... quite.....accurate, as my parents 9' wide gate posts do present a slight challenge when she, ahem, goes through them.....ah, well, er, sort of forwards.....ish
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thats unreal , the only way i'd be able to do that without trashing everything would be the help from a forklift
How about this method?


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That is actually a method taught to protection drivers and police to get out of situations where the car has been blocked in.


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A little heavy on tyres I'd suggest. Just a thought.
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