The congestion on the A30 at the weekend has landed Mr. Alan Collingwood in the record books. It was his caravan that held up a world record 176 cars as he trundled his way slowly back from the West Country, beating the previous record by an impressive 24 vehicles.
His was one of many simultaneous country-wide attempts at the record, all co-ordinated by the Caravan Club. "This has taken months of planning and organisation, and we are absolutely delighted with the results," explained a spokesman for the organisation. "Many of our members report having more than 50 cars stuck behind them but Mr Collingwood’s performance was outstanding."
Mr Collingwood was quick to pay tribute to his friend and Caravan Club colleague Mr. Jeremy Brown who pretended to attempt an overtaking manouevre at each of the dual carriageways they had to negotiate. "It takes a great deal of skill and timing to prevent cars getting past when the road opens up but Jeremy’s ability to frustrate other road-users with his Pageant Provence is legendary in Caravan Club circles."
The Caravan Club are considering further record-breaking efforts. "We are very dependent on weather conditions of course but later in the year, if we get sufficiently high crosswinds on exposed motorways, we could have a go at beating the synchronised yawing record."