Australia holds several crazy trucking world records

Think that truckies can do anything? These weird and wonderful world records prove it...

Trucks are incredibly powerful machines, so it’s no surprise that people like to test their limits and see just what they are capable of…

As a country that prides itself on its trucks, Australia holds several of the Guinness World Records, including largest LEGO truck to longest road train. 

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Others have been accomplished by daredevils around the world, from France to the United Arab Emirates.

Check out some of the most eye-popping world records below…

Largest LEGO Truck 

Mack Trucks celebrated 60 years of manufacturing in 2023, and what better way to mark the occasion than by building the biggest LEGO truck in history? 

Mack commissioned professional LEGO builder Ben Craig to create a life-sized Mack Anthem, measuring 7.03m x 3.54m x 2.55m. 

It was unveiled at the Brisbane Truck Show on May 17, 2023, too much excitement. 

Heaviest Truck Pulled by Hair

This is a record not for the faint-hearted! On December 2, 2017, Emirati strongman Mahmood Shamshun Al Arab pulled an industrial truck, weighing more than 10,380kg, using his hair in a ponytail. The event happened in the UAE during the country’s national day.

Mahmood Shamshun Al Arab pulling a truck with his hair – ouch! Image: Guinness World Records

Largest Convoy of Tow Trucks

The largest convoy of tow trucks consisted of 491 trucks and was achieved by Fier D’être Dépanneur in Moulins, France, on October 13, 2018.

The trucks paraded through Moulins before breaking the record on a closed road outside of the town.

Longest Road Train

The record for the longest road train is 1,474.3m, held by Brisbane man John Atkinston. 

Using a Mack Titan prime mover, Atkinson towed 113 trailers approximately 150m in Clifton, Queensland on February 18, 2006. 

Fastest Truck Wheelie

Frenchman Patrick Bourny is well-known for his eye-popping truck stunts, and he holds several world records. 

According to his website, he was the first person in the world to make a truck do a wheelie! Using a modified cab, he achieved this feat during the first Truck Grand Prix, on the Circuit Paul Ricard in France. 

In May 2017, he broke the record for most rear wheel 360-degree spins by a truck in one minute (four spins).

On October 21, 2000, he also broke the world record for the fastest truck wheelie when he drove his modified truck on only its rear wheels at a speed of 90km/h in Lure, France. 

Longest Ramp Jump by a Truck 

The longest ramp jump by a truck cab measured an incredible 50.6m. 

It was carried out by an American man, Gregg Godfrey, at Evel Knievel Days Event, in Montana, USA on July 24, 2015. Gregg Godfrey also previously held this record at 15.39m.

The longest ramp jump by a truck and trailer is 25.48m and was achieved by Mike Ryan on behalf of EMC Corporation and the Lotus F1 Team in Suffolk, UK on November 6, 2014. 

The longest ever ramp jump by a truck cab measured 50.6m. Image Guinness World Records/YouTube

Top Speed Achieved by a Blindfolded Truck Driver

UK man Mike Newman has been blind from birth, but that hasn’t stopped him from achieving some incredible feats. 

On October 26, 2015, at Elvington Airfield in York, Newman drove a five-tonne MAN truck at 192.63 km/h. Despite having his eyes removed at a young age due to glaucoma, the Guinness record stipulated he also had to wear a black-out helmet. David Jenkins from Jenkins Motorsport accompanied Newman in a chase car, helping him to navigate. 

It was his seventh land speed record, with previous achievements including flying a plane, driving a motorbike at 143km/h, driving a boat at 149km/h and driving a car at 321hkm/h. 

Mike Newman, record holder for Top Speed Achieved by a Blindfolded Truck Driver, with his chase car driver Dave Jenkins. Image Speed of Sight/YouTube

Longest Distance Reverse Driving an Articulated Truck 

Another one for the Australians! On October 3, 2009 in Cessnock, NSW, a team of 11 drivers reversed a 19m semi-trailer a distance of 109.7km. The truck began reversing at 5.20am and finished at 4pm on the same day.

The record for Longest Distance Reverse Driving an Articulated Truck by an individual is held by stunt driver Brett Solomano from the US. He reversed a truck and semi-trailer for 89.06 km without stopping. 

Largest Truck Stop

This one isn’t listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, but the world’s largest truck stop is reportedly the Iowa 80 Truck Stop in Walcott in the US. It boasts 94 fuel pumps, over 300 truck parking spaces, and six restaurants. 

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