Competition constantly pushes us to better ourselves and the world around us. The group at Guinness World Records (GWR) – originally the Guinness Book of Records – has been keeping tabs on those who excel in a vast array of disciplines. Sir Hugh Beaver, the Managing Director of the Guinness Brewery (go figure), started the fact-finding coalition as a promotion based on the idea of compiling information to settle pub arguments definitively. We’re not sure that a world record mile in reverse is solving any pub arguments, but it’s definitely an interesting feat.
Since its humble beginnings, the Guinness search for the “Best Of” anything has created a database of over 60,000 active record titles. Since its inception, what started as product promotion has gone on to inform the world about such accomplishments as the “Largest Mouth,” “Longest Walk Underwater In One Breath,” and the tasty “Tallest Stack Of M&Ms.”
Record-Setting Reverse Run
We’re always interested in seeing the amazing feats performed by humans, and when you include motorized vehicles, we really take notice. Such is the case with Scot Burner and this 7-speed manually-shifted Corvette. While Corvette owners have always strived to set records for top speeds, Scot and this C7 will go down in history for being the fastest to do so while looking through the rear-view mirror. To be fair, Scot may have peeked over his shoulder while driving, and when it comes to cutting through the wind with a car’s rear bumper, Scot has had plenty of practice. He’s an aspiring YouTuber with his Always In Reverse channel.
Scot’s attempt was held on June 15, 2022, and the NCM Motorsports Park recently posted on its Facebook page that the GWR group has made Scot’s attempt official. Obviously, such attempts could not be performed on the open road, and NCM Motorsports Park was the perfect place to conduct the event safely. The National Corvette Museum has more information about why the NCM Motorsports Park was chosen and what steps needed to be adhered to for the sake of authenticity.
Scot drove his Stingray to a Guinness World Record for the Fastest Mile Driven In Reverse by covering the distance in one minute, 15.18 seconds! Scot averaged about 45 miles per hour in reverse when he broke the record but hit a top speed of around 53 miles per hour during the record-setting run.
And if driving in reverse is your thing, there are also several other records for those who proficiently drive in “R-mode.” Canadian Rob Gibney holds the record for the fastest reverse run over 500 miles when he clocked 501.69 miles at an average speed of 66.67 miles per hour in 2004. If backward endurance racing is your thing, then John and Brian Smith’s record 851.25 miles as the greatest distance driven in reverse in a day might impress you.
While we are firmly planted among those who reside in the bell curve of mediocrity, it’s sometimes nice to look at how others distinguish themselves in the small community of those who are the best at something. While we may never be in the running for creating something as grand as the largest pin and thread artwork in the world, we can all take a minute and congratulate Scot and the many others who have seated their status in the all-encompassing society of Number One in their field.