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.
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.
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.
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.