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Car breaks World Record for catching golf ball

A rather unique golfing word record took place last week at the Dunsfold Aerodrome in England. It involved a golf driver, tees, golf balls and a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster.

Formula 1 veteran David Coulthard linked up with professional golfer Jake Shepherd and the duo attempted to break the Guiness World Record for farthest golf shot caught in a moving car.

Part of a publicity stunt for the new Mercedes Benz automobile, the pair achieved the record on only their second attempt.

Shepherd blasted the ball of the improvised tee at a blistering 178 miles per hour and Coulthard sped off in the SLS in hot pursuit. 900 feet later the ball successfully landed in the open cockpit, with the F1 legend burning along the track at a mere 120 miles per hour.

“This world record attempt is definitely one of the most unusual things I've ever been asked to do with a car," Coulthard said. "Jake Shepherd was great to work with and the performance of the SLS AMG Roadster made driving to catch a mid-air golf ball even more exciting.”

“I am honoured to have received the Guinness World Record for the furthest golf shot caught in a car.”

Video of the stunt is due to be released by Mercedes in the coming month as part of their marketing push for the new car.

“We thought we'd do something exciting to celebrate this special car, and our association with golf ahead of the upcoming [British] Open Championship,” added David George, Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars Marketing Director.

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