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UPDATED: Steam rollers smash world record at Great Dorset Steam Fair
11:30am Monday 2nd September 2013 in Latest
MORE than 100 steam rollers set a new world record at the Great Dorset Steam Fair.
The fair, known as the National Heritage Show, is one of the leading events of its type in the world and showcases national industrial and agricultural history in a blend of nostalgia and live entertainment.
A total of 102 steam rollers took part in the world record attempt on a brand new road created at the event, as part of the fair’s 2013 roller special.
Managing director of the fair, Martin Oliver, said the five-day event, which finished yesterday had seen a brilliant turnout, adding: “There’s so much to do here; my father founded the fair 45 years ago and always said the steam fair offered many shows within the show itself.
“The fair has been incredibly busy and we are likely to match if not exceed our footfall record.”
The previous world record was set by the fair when 32 vintage steam rollers passed over a length of new road in August 2003.
Jason Howard took part in the world record attempt with his machine from Wiltshire. He said: “It’s been brilliant to take part and the whole event gives a wonderful atmosphere.
“There have been steam rollers here from Germany, Holland, France and wider who have all really enjoyed the fair.”
The world record attempt has been officially acknowledged by Guinness World Records Ltd.
Mr Oliver added: “Setting a new world record is a brilliant achievement and is the biggest special event we’ve ever done.
“We’ve had steam rollers from all over the world come to the fair for the record attempt that may never get a chance to visit again.”
The show celebrated its 45th anniversary this year and approximately 15,000 people set up camp at the Tarrant Hinton showground.
More than 100 cars, 250 commercial vehicles, 140 motorcycle exhibits, 100 military machines, 250 vintage tractors and 100 horticultural tractors were on display.
And 60 showmens’ engines generated the light and power for the fairground, along with the old roundabouts and swing-boats.
There were also more than 90 acts performing on six different stages
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