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Schwartz sets world drifting record at BMW Performance Center

Guinness representative authenticates 51-miles record

Published on Sunday, May 12, 2013

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A representative from the Guinness Book of World Records was at the BMW Performance Center in Greer today when Johan Schwartz drifted 51.278 miles – 322.5 laps around the track – at the performance center.

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A representative from the Guinness Book of World Records was at the BMW Performance Center in Greer today when Johan Schwartz drifted 51.278 miles – 322.5 laps around the track – at the performance center.



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Johan Schwartz points to the BMW M5 insignia on the stock-standard rear-wheel-drive twin-turbocharged V8-powered vehicle.

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Johan Schwartz points to the BMW M5 insignia on the stock-standard rear-wheel-drive twin-turbocharged V8-powered vehicle.



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Johan Schwartz signs autographs from fans who witnessed his record-setting drifting feat.

Johan Schwartz signs autographs from fans who witnessed his record-setting drifting feat.

Johan Schwartz, BMW performance driving instructor, set a world drifting record today at Greer’s BMW Performance Driving Center.

Schwartz set the new standard by drifting 51.278 miles – 322.5 laps – around the performance center’s track. A representative of the Guinness Book of World Records was at the event to authenticate the record.

Adbho Fenghali, of Lebanon, set the record in February with a drift of 6.95 miles. Schwartz, in a media demonstration in March, vowed to crush Fenghali’s record.

Schwartz drove a stock-standard rear-wheel-drive twin-turbocharged V8-powered BMW M5. Proceeds, unannounced, from BMW Pro-Am fundraiser will go to the charities the tournament is aiding this year.

All proceeds from the attempt will go to the BMW Pro-Am charity with fundraisers available through per-lap sponsorship, car signage and guessing how long Schwartz's drift will go.

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