Friday, December 6, 2019

Schuylkill County Firm Named Official Guinness World Record Title Holder

Alfred Benesch & Company, Pottsville, was officially notified Friday morning by Guinness World Records that they are the title holder for the World's Longest Hot Wheels Track.

On Saturday,  August 24, 2019, Alfred Benesch & Company's, Pottsville branch, attempted and shattered the Guinness World Record for Longest Hot Wheels Track.

The record attempt took place on Buckhorn Road (Old Route 901), in Foster Township near the Minersville Exit of Interstate 81.

The previous record stood at 1,838 feet and was held by Mattel Inc., in Moscow, Russia.

The Benesch employees didn't just want to break the record, they wanted to shatter it.  On that Saturday, they recorded their attempt with an official track length of 2,187 feet or 663.299 metres.

Schuylkill County Commissioners Gary Hess, Frank Staudenmeier, and George Halcovage were all there to witness the event and to help make the attempt official.

In August, Benesch Engineer and coordinator of the project, John Knecht, submitted photos and videos from to Guiness and waited to get word if their attempt would be official.

Benesch & Company received word Friday morning from Guinness announcing they are the official title holder.

Their title was also added to the Guinness World Records web site.

The firm will receive an official certificate at a later date.

The 2020 Book of Guinness World Records has already been printed, but as long as they hold the title before the next printing, they should be in the 2021 record book.

Knecht said "It was an exciting and fun experience working together with everyone and proves that we have some of the best kids in the world here in Schuylkill County."

"I'd also like to thank Foster Township for the use of their road, Chief Jim Nettles and Officer David Cromyak for all of their help keeping everyone safe during the attempt, the County Commissioners Staudenmeier, Hess & Halcovage for acting as official witnesses for the attempt and all of the kids who made this thing happen." added Knecht.

Link to Story and Photos from August

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