Rugby hunks break record on TV show
June 08, 2009
A gang of beefcakes has propelled Bracknell into the Guinness Book of Records for the second time this year.
Three rugby players took centre stage at the weekend as they appear on prime-time TV and set a new world record for ‘car flipping’.
The lads, who all play for Bracknell Rugby Club, were given the challenge of setting the fastest time for flipping a half-ton car through 360 degrees with their bare hands.
Pete Hill, 29, Jonny Mirza, 23, and Jervis Manapenu, 30, went head to head with, and beat, a team of wresters to set the record.
Their effort was shown on Sky1 show Guinness World Records Smashed! yesterday.
Before he helped set the record, Jervis said: “It would mean a lot to us.
“We’ve been training really hard and it would be great to put one over those ‘spandex monkey’ wrestlers!”
The show’s presenter Konnie Huq, better know for fronting children’s TV show Blue Peter, said: “This record requires not only skill and finesse, but also sheer, ugly, raw, naked, sweaty brute force.
“The Bracknell RFC boys are three slabs of beefcake with the combined weight of 53 stones.
“They stand at over 17 feet tall and, being professional rugby players, they are trained to push things.”
The boys follow in the path set by Kevin Velaiden who appeared on the same show earlier this year.
The 26-year-old teaching assistant set the world record for the most time someone can jump in and out of a pair of underpants in one hour in April.
Later in the series Crowthorne teenager Mark Aldridge will try to set a record by popping balloons with his pogo stick.
Guinness World Records Smashed! is on Sky1 at 7pm on Sundays.