Photo: Jesse Adams, a 39-year-old motoring journalist at the Saturday Star Motoring, beat the Guinness World Record for the longest vehicle drift. Adams managed to slide the GT86 continuously over a distance of 102.5 miles (165.04 kilometers).
The Guinness World Records world record for the longest vehicle drift is 144.126 km (89.55 miles) and was achieved by Harald Müller (Germany) in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports (Turkey) in Samsun, Turkey, on 15 July 2014.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the fastest vehicle drift; it is 304.96 km/h (189.49 mi/h) and was achieved by Masato Kawabata (Japan) driving Nissan GT-R Nismo, at Fujairah International Airport, in Fujairah, UAE, on 3 March 2016.
In the 10 years he’s been at Star Motoring, he’s driven all over the world, from taking Porsches up and down the Scottish Highlands to racing in the Audi TT Cup in Germany, The Pretoria News reports.
He had to get permission to use the Gerotek military test facility, west of Pretoria, and arrange timekeepers and four independent judges, and medical rescue amid a whole host of other arrangements. Getting the car was the easiest part, he says.
Adams took five hours and 46 minutes to complete his drift-tastic record attempting, circling a wet skid pad more than 1,000 times.
“I’ve had some epic experiences and this one was right up there with the best, but it’s consumed the better part of two years of my life.
Now I just can’t wait to get back to the humdrum routine that most people hate, just coming to work, checking out the new cars and writing about them,” he says.