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Steam rollers break record at Dorset Steam Fair

Steam rollers breaking the record. Credit: Great Dorset Steam Fair

The world record for the greatest number of steam rollers in a formation over a set course was broken at the Great Dorset Steam Fair yesterday (Saturday 31 August), exactly 10 years after the previous record.

The rollers in action. Over 200,000 attend the fair each year. Credit: Great Dorset Steam Fair

102 steam rollers took part in the world record attempt as part of the GDSF 2013 Roller Special, on a brand new road created in the road-making section at the event. This smashed the previous record of 32 from 31 August 2003, which was also held at the fair, near Tarrant Hinton.

Each Dorset Steam Fair gets through 200 tonnes of coal. Credit: Great Dorset Steam Fair

The attempt featured a unique range of steam, petrol and diesel rollers representing the history of road rolling. As well as examples from the more common manufacturers, there were also those on show from the rarer makes of roller, with some having travelled from abroad.

Dorset steam rollers attempt to crush world record

Steam rollers ready for action. Credit: Ellie Newbury

Organisers at the Great Dorset Steam Fair will today attempt to beat the world record for the greatest number of steam rollers in a parade formation over a set course. Around 110 steam rollers will participate, travelling on a brand new road created in the road-making section at the event.

The current record is also held by the Great Dorset Steam Fair; a total of 32 vintage steam rollers passed over a length of new road on 31 August 2003, exactly 10 years ago.

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Full steam ahead for the Great Dorset fair

The Great Dorset Steam Fair has started and runs until Sunday.

The 2012 event was disrupted by heavy rain with some displays cancelled.

This year it is hoped up to 200,000 people will turn out at the event near Blandford over the next five days.

It is one of the largest steam fairs in Europe with hundreds of vintage vehicles including more than 250 tractors.

Our Reporter Martin Dowse sent this report:

Thousands expected at Great Dorset Steam Fair

The Great Dorset Steam Fair gets underway this morning. Last year's event was disrupted by heavy rain with some displays cancelled but the forecast is good for today.

Up to 200,000 people are expected over the next five days at the event at Tarrant Hinton near Blandford Forum.

It's one of the largest steam fairs in Europe with hundreds of vintage vehicles, including more than 250 tractors.

Just one of the hundreds of exhibits at last year's show Credit: ITV News West Country

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