Strongman Zsolt Sinka set a new world record for pulling cars with his bare hands – but only after officials told him to perform the feat TWICE.
Sinka, nicknamed Popeye, used a rope to pull the 13 Ford cars at a shopping centre in Budapest, Hungary.
To break the 12-car record, set last year by Lithuanian Zydrunas Savickas, Sinka was expecting to pull the cars five metres.
However, officials insisted that to ensure the attempt wasn’t assisted by even the slightest slope, Sinka should haul the 60-metre train first one way – and then the other.
Four hours – and 13 metres – later, the exhausted strongman was told that he had earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, after pulling the cars seven metres in one direction and then six metres back to where he started.
The combined 18-tonne weight of the Fords – from a Ka to a nine-seat Transit Custom – was half as much again as the previous benchmark.
“A childhood dream came true today,” said Sinka, who was sponsored by Hungary’s biggest Ford dealer, Ford Petrányi. “For me, the plaque represents all the hopes, hard effort and struggles of three decades. I am very grateful to everybody who believed in me and supported me.”
Sinka previously set a world record for pulling a cargo plane 39 metres with his teeth.