A man in his 40s has set out to become the world’s most successful white van driver by completing the world record for the longest solo drive on a van.
Rob Van Dam set off from his home in the US state of Maryland on Thursday.
The journey took him from Washington DC to Philadelphia, then to his new home in Maryland.
The first test of the day was a test of a van that was being driven by Mr Van Dam in his new vehicle, a Mercedes Benz E Class.
It was an exciting day, he said.
“I’ve never had a challenge like this before,” he said, describing the experience of driving a van as “quite challenging”.
Mr Van DAM said he was nervous before the test, but it was “absolutely a joy”.
“It’s the greatest feeling I’ve ever had in my life,” he added.
He completed the challenge in just over two hours, beating the previous record set by a man from Australia, Peter Kuprzynski.
He took the van from his new Maryland home to a friend’s house in Washington DC, then took it back to his Maryland home.
He said he wanted to achieve the Guinness World Record for the most miles driven on a white van, as well as the record for being the shortest solo drive.
Mr Van Dams journey started at a busy intersection in the District of Columbia.
“We all knew that we were about to hit some really big traffic lights and I just knew it was going to be an epic drive,” he explained.
“This is the kind of thing that’s very special.”
Mr Van Dum said he did not think he was going too fast, but was “just going to drive as fast as I could”.
“I was pretty nervous,” he joked.
“It was a very big test for me, and it’s the sort of thing you never forget,” he continued.
“You have to be able to control your emotions, but I think I managed to do that.”
The van, a modified Mercedes Benz van, had been custom-built to Mr Van dam’s specifications.
The Mercedes Benz was equipped with a 6.5-litre V6 diesel engine and a four-speed automatic transmission.
“The Mercedes Benz engine was a little bit more powerful than my old Mercedes Benz, so I think it was a bit faster than the regular Mercedes Benz,” he admitted.
Mr van Dam said he had a lot of experience driving a white Mercedes Benz and he felt confident in his ability to handle the challenge.
“Being a white car has a lot to do with being a great driver,” he told ABC Radio’s Insiders programme.
Mr van dam’s record-breaking journey was not the first time Mr Vandam had set a Guinness World record. “
In the end, it was very impressive and I can’t wait to drive it again.”
Mr van dam’s record-breaking journey was not the first time Mr Vandam had set a Guinness World record.
On his Instagram account, he shared pictures of himself driving a Porsche 911 Turbo in his van in May 2017.
The day after his first record-setting drive, Mr van dams first test drove a Porsche Cayenne, and also set the Guinness world record of a 6,800km solo journey.
“A lot of my driving is about having fun, but sometimes it’s just fun to drive,” Mr van Dams wife, Tricia Van Dam, said.
Mr dams wife said he took it easy while travelling and would not expect a repeat of the previous day’s test.
“There’s not much adrenaline involved in that,” she said.
“But at the end of the week you just go, ‘Oh my God, that was a really good day’,” Mr van DAM said. “
And when you do that, you have to keep going.”
“But at the end of the week you just go, ‘Oh my God, that was a really good day’,” Mr van DAM said.
His wife added that he did “have a bit of nerves” about the test.
Mr van Dam is expected to complete the record on Saturday morning.
A number of other vehicles have broken the Guinness record, including a Volkswagen Golf van, the Volvo XC90, a Range Rover and a Bentley Continental GT.