Adjudicators Peter Jeffreys from Wilsons Solicitors and Nigel Ballard from Mazars

You’d expect accountants to count money but for Nigel Ballard, from the Poole office of international accountancy and business advisory firm, Mazars, it’s over 20,000 toy cars he’s been painstakingly adding up.

As Senior Manager of the audit department at Mazars, he was chosen to be an official adjudicator for the recent world record attempt by the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu for the longest line up of toy cars. He spent three hours painstakingly counting and checking the number of tiny motor cars totalling 24,189 and covering 1.91km around the motor museum and out into the grounds.

Nigel Ballard said: “It was certainly a different type of accounting to do and The National Motor Museum has now had confirmation they smashed the existing Guinness World Record of 14,310 toy cars which was set in Fussen, Germany.

He added: “It was great to be part of this record breaking success and also get to see toy cars donated by such racing heroes as Sir Stirling Moss and Land Speed Record breakers Wing Commander Andy Green OBE and Richard Noble OBE.”