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Darlington’s Paul Swift broke four world records at the British Motor Show

A stuntman from Darlington broke four world records in four days at the British Motor Show this month.

Amidst supercars, classic sports cars and models displaying the latest cutting-edge engine technology, Paul Swift pushed the boundaries of stunt racing and mesmerized onlookers.

Under the watchful eye of Guinness World Records judge Pravin Patel, Swift broke four Guinness World Records at the August 18-22 event.

From day one, Swift attempted to set a new record for narrowest electric car parallel fleet.

Paul managed to set four world records earlier this month. Photo: TOP BRANDS PHOTOGRAPHY

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This record measures the smallest space in which an electric car can be parked in line with other vehicles, requiring masterful skill and strong nerves.

Swift had just three seconds to pull into the space created by two Mini Coopers, parked parallel to the curb.

The motorsport champion squeezed his white Mini-e into the tight parking space with perfect technique, setting a new world record of just 30 centimeters.

“It was pretty stressful to be honest. I just had to really focus and try not to get distracted at all.

“It was the most intimidating because there were a lot of emotions attached to it. My dad invested in parallel parking in the 80s and he was in a commercial.

The Northern Echo: Paul during the tightest parallel parking challenge in an electric Mini.  Photo: TOP BRANDS PHOTOGRAPHY Paul during the tightest parallel parking challenge in an electric Mini. Photo: TOP BRANDS PHOTOGRAPHY

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The gap is measured by subtracting the length of the parked car from the size of the parking space.

It was not the first time that Paul Swift broke this record, however.

The seven-time British motorsport champion broke the record on day one of the motor show, managing to park his Mini-e 35cm ahead.

However, he did not rest on his laurels and set himself the goal of improving his result.

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He attempted the record once again on the fourth and final day of the British Motor Show, eclipsing his previous performance.

“I just have to have tunnel vision in those moments because you can’t afford to lose focus for a second. Then I was floored, physically and emotionally!

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Achieving a record was not enough for the ambitious runner, however.

Over the weekend, the professional stuntman teamed up with stuntman JD Stunts and also broke the record for the most donuts (spins) around a motorcycle by performing a wheelie in one minute.

On day two, Swift managed to spin a yellow Ford Mustang around the moving motorcycle 8 times.

The Northern Echo: Paul was delighted with his success at the end of the four days.  Photo: TOP BRANDS PHOTOGRAPHYPaul was delighted with his success at the end of the four days. Photo: TOP BRANDS PHOTOGRAPHY

Again, however, he was not content with the first success.

The next day, Paul attempts the record again and improves his result with 10 laps around a motorcycle.

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