One of the most challenging parts of my student driving driving was practicing the fine art of parallel parking. We actually had to drive 15 minutes into the local town to actually find parking spaces to practice in. I was not a natural parking savant, so trying to get the car correctly backed into a tight parking spot without banging into the car in front or behind took a lot of awkward attempts.
Just a few weeks ago in Beijing, Chinese driver Han Yue managed to slide his Mini into a space just 15 cm (5.91 inches) longer than his vehicle. While Han’s skill at parking is incredible, I’d really like to see him get the car out of the space just as easily.
The folks from the Guiness Book of World Records were there to certify the record, beating the previous record of 22cm set by Patrick Folco ‘Lo Show dei Record’ in Rome, Italy, on 17 April 2012.
The event was held by Mini to promote the launch of the ‘Chinese Job’ special edition, based on the Mini Cooper S and Clubman.