WHEELIE WHEELIE impressive…
On Friday, 12th January, Captain Abdulla Hattawi of Dubai Police broke the world record for the longest wheelie on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). After ‘popping’ on to the quad bike’s rear wheels, Hattawi travelled 60km, from the Ghantoot area, along the Sheikh Zayed Road, to the World Trade Centre.
Here’s how that looks:
If you’ve done that route before, you’ll appreciate just how far 60km is. Traveling at the speed limit, you could, for example, get through the majority of Taylor Swift’s new album. And, depending on how much of a fan you are: have either held a comprehensive car-karaoke concert or deserved a pat on the back for not driving into the crash barrier.
A good track record for breaking records
This incredible effort beat the previous record of 50km, held by Lucas Henwood of Canada since September 2015. Check out the video from Dubai Police’s Instagram above, where you can see the record being broken in traditional grandeur, amid an entourage of thunderous police vehicle horse power.
Guiness World Record adjudicators have probably built up some decent Emirates air miles over the last few years. Dubai is responsible for more than its fair share of World Records, and Dubai Police have accounted for a sizable part of those. There have been records awarded for its vehicles, for a team pulling an A380 aircraft along a runway and even creating a giant smiley face composed of cars.