Strongman Troy Conley-Magnusson will push a 12 tonne Freightliner Cascadia in an official Guinness World Record attempt that seeks to raise money for three very important kids’ charities.
He’s already pulled aeroplanes, semi-trailers and even a fleet of sixteen cars, but has he got what it takes to push this truck over the line?
On Friday May 14 at 8am, he will attempt to push the Cascadia as part of the festivities of the South Bank Truck Festival – a heavy vehicle display, entertainment and networking hub being held as part of the Brisbane Truck Show.
Conley-Magnusson will need to push the truck over 100ft (a little over 30 metres) in order to break the record and he has set a goal of raising $30,000 for Little Wings, Ronald McDonald House and the Sydney Children’s Hospital.
“What’s important for me is the fundraising. That’s absolutely number one. If we can drive that past $30,000 that would be incredible,” said Conley-Magnusson. “The record is then a nice bonus.”
He said these sorts of record attempts are all about helping kids who have been seriously injured or diagnosed with critical illnesses like cancer and leukemia.
“Unfortunately, that is what happened with young Ava, at just two years old she was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia and subsequently lost over 98 per cent of her bone marrow.
“Thankfully, now five years on, she’s okay and in remission, largely thanks to the support Little Wings, Ronald McDonald House and Sydney Children’s Hospital offer.”
In a recent Guinness World Record attempt in November last year for most cars pulled by an individual, Conley-Magnusson fell short of the record by just five metres. He was pulling sixteen Hyundais, which weighed over 25 tonnes.
In his next challenge, the Truck Push for Kids, Conley-Magnusson hopes he can get over the line. “I’ll be looking to set a new Guinness World Record for the heaviest truck pushed by an individual for 100ft (30m). Currently this is 11 tonnes.”
To be eligible for a Guinness World Record, the area used needs to be surveyed by a qualified surveyor and certified to be within 1 per cent of 100 per cent flat. A section on Little Stanley Street in South Bank fits the bill, so that’s where the action will take place.
In preparation for the event, Conley-Magnusson has been putting in the hard yards with some serious training that includes heading to Daimler Trucks Huntingwood to push the very same rig he’ll be using for his record attempt.
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