World Record

Over 20,000 cars lined bumper to bumper – no, not the grim traffic statistics from the sun-soaked bank holiday weekend just gone, but instead a new world record set by the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu.

The cars in question were in fact toy models, and with a grand total of 24,189 forming a line that snaked around the museum's picturesque grounds, there were enough to be awarded a new world record for the largest number ever to be assembled in a single line.

The title was snatched from toy car enthusiasts in the German town of Fussen, who were beaten by nearly 10,000 cars.

Taking participants more than ten hours to assemble, the finished line measured in at a whopping mile and a half and casually twisted around the museum's historic showpieces.

It was enough to attract a number of motoring celebrities, including celebrated racing driver Sir Stirling Moss and TV presenters Quentin Wilson and Vicki Butler-Henderson.

The vast collection of toy cars were largely donated by customers at 21 Sainsbury's stores, and included models varying from vintage Model T Fords, to accurate representations of Ferrari's F1 racers.

Andy Ollerenshaw, of the Beaulieu Motor Museum, said: "It is fantastic and we would love to do this again in the future.

"A big thank you to everybody who donated vehicles. It has been a tremendous response from the public and for the staff at Beaulieu it has been a lot of work but everyone has pitched in and helped."

To count as an official world record, each car was closely inspected to ensure it was touching the one in front. The entire collection of models will now be sold to raise money for Hampshire children's hospices Naomi House and Jacksplace.