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Record breakers birthday

toycarrecordAccording to Guinness World Records the whole idea for a book of records originated back in the 1950s with one Sir Hugh Beaver, Managing Director of the Guinness Brewery, was at a shooting party in County Wexford. The story goes that he and his compadres argued about the fastest game bird in Europe, but alas couldn’t find a definitive answer in any reference books. In 1954 pi-quizzers Sir Hugh had the idea for a Guinness promotion based on the idea of settling pub arguments and invited the twins Norris and Ross McWhirter to put together a book of facts and figures. It took them 13 and a half 90-hour weeks, possibly some kind of record in itself? There are a bunch of toy related records on the site from most expensive toy soldier and largest collection of fast-food outlet toys to lightest R/C helicopter and the longest line of toy cars (pictured) – 24,189 of them as you asked at the UK Motor Museum last year.

About Peter Jenkinson

Toyologist Pete Jenkinson regularly writes about toys in national newspapers like The Sun and The Mail. This super-dad has an unmatched passion and dedication for trying and testing the latest, coolest and most interesting offerings from the world of toys.

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