“Come and have a drive of the new Corsa,” said Vauxhall. “And while you’re at it help us to set a new Guinness World Record.”
An intriguing prospect. The record attempt was shrouded in mystery, other than that it involved GPS Art, but all became clear with the reveal on the eve of Halloween. Vauxhall have officially created the world’s largest piece of GPS art, a 6,080-mile long Halloween-themed drawing that covers 6,040 miles of the UK’s road network and beats the last record by a 1,500 mile margin. The record has been approved by the pwoers-that-be at Guinness World Records.
As it turned out, in the weeks leading up to my test drive of the new Corsa, US-born GPS artist Jeremy Wood had already been travelling the length and breadth of the United Kingdom to lay down over 264,000 GPS traces to create this artwork. Jeremy, one of the pioneers of GPS art, had spent nearly six weeks and a total of 10,000 miles behind the wheel of the new Corsa. It was up to a selection of the UK’s motoring journalists to finish off, and for my own part that involved following a convoluted route from Castle Donington, around Leicester and back again.
So now I can say I helped to contribute to a Guinness World Record, although drawing the teeth of a pumpkin from behind the wheel of a Vauxhall Corsa isn’t quite what I was expecting.
And the Corsa? Turns out that’s rather good too.