Record drift parking in reverse video

28 November 2012
, CarsGuide

Judging by the epic back-forward-back-forward dances -- and accompanying paint exchanges -- on most Australian streets, clean parallel parking is a skill beyond many drivers.

How many times have you waited in stopped traffic while a hapless motorist edges in and out of a spot that should be an easy target?

They could take a lesson from German stunt driver Ronny Wechselberger -- who performs with the stage name of Ronny C. Rock.

In 2011, Rock broke the Guinness World Record for the tightest parallel parking, drifting a Volkswagen Polo into a space with just 26cm to spare.

However, earlier this year that record was smashed by Chinese stunt driver Han Yue, who drifted a Mini Cooper into a park with just 15cm space left -- having broken several records in succession as he worked down from 20cm, whittling the record by a centimetre with each attempt.

But Rock has returned to the record book this week with a reverse-drift parallel park. He slid a Volkswagen Up into a space with 35cm to spare. It's unlikely that driver's watching the video will be easily able to copy Rock's feat. And if any are reckless enough to try, it will likely collect even more paint than their normal parking antics -- but at least it will keep the stalled traffic entertained.