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Maastricht , Netherlands / June 2, 2012

A team of four travelers – Yvo Kuhling (Netherlands), Liselott Martynenko Agerlid (Sweden), Philomena O'Brien (Australia) and Todd Hepworth (Australia) traveled to 17 countries in 23 hours, 30 minutes.

They visited Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium and The Netherlands.

The trip began at Samac in Bosnia and Herzegovina on June 1, 2012 at 20:43. In each country the team got out of the car to step foot in the country and take a couple of photos. A cracking playlist and in-car menu kept the team's morale high throughout the attempt.

A GPS tracker recorded the trip at around five minute intervals and included each country as well. Learn more about the feat here.

- must physically stand in each country
- must complete visits within any consecutive 24-hour period
- must provide media evidence

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  • United States Paddy Halliwell

    Paddy Halliwell

    Well done Phil! 18 in 24 .....monumental effort - We're thinking that 19 isn't possible...

    Congrats

    Paddy

    • Wales Phil Billingham

      Phil Billingham

      Thanks Paddy. Still coming down, have not slept yet. Gut feel is that 19 is too hard, and we would not want to do this again. But never say never, as they say.

      Appreciate your comments, and will get info up online ASAP. FYI, we got to 17 in 22 hours 9 minutes. After that, just pedal to the metal!

  • Wales Phil Billingham

    Phil Billingham

    And it starts. In Munich to pick up car. Doing the run on Sunday. Think we are ready. Going to be tough, and will need luck. Lots of it Watch this space and www.18in24.co.uk

    Will sent link for tracker to anyone who texts me on +447778709613

  • Wales Phil Billingham

    Phil Billingham

    Motorway passes bought. On way to start. Sorting music out. We're ready. I hope.... Watch this space and www.18in24.co.uk

    Will sent link for tracker to anyone who texts me on +447778709613

  • Wales Phil Billingham

    Phil Billingham

    And it starts. In Munich to pick up car. Doing the run on Sunday. Think we are ready. Going to be tough, and will need luck. Lots of it Watch this space and www.18in24.co.uk

    Will sent link for tracker to anyone who texts me on +447778709613

  • United States 18in24

    18in24

    Hi Phil We had a crack at 18 last year and it was tough, but we know where we went wrong and are considering giving it another go later this year................unless of course you beat us to it. Looking forward to seeing what you are intending

  • Wales Phil Billingham

    Phil Billingham

    Hi Guys - the challenge is on. Having done 12 in 24 (Not recorded properly) a few years ago, wanted to do this for a while. We have a plan! Its going to be hard, and the focus will need to be safety. We'll keep you up to date as we go and as plans unfold.

    • United States Andy Lelean

      Andy Lelean

      Fantastic - another challenger - good luck

    • United States Andy Lelean

      Andy Lelean

      When are you going? what's the route?

    • Wales Phil Billingham

      Phil Billingham

      Hi Andy. Over the weekend of he 21st June. I'll try to get the route posted up. We will have - tomorrow I hope. - a website as well

    • United States Jenn Wark

      Jenn Wark

      Awesome, looking forward to seeing it -- this is one of my favourite categories.

    • Wales Phil Billingham

      Phil Billingham

      Site is up now, not fully complete www.18in24.co.uk More to come soon

    • United States Andy Lelean

      Andy Lelean

      Like the route - same as we have been planning (great minds etc) - good luck.

    • United States Andy Lelean

      Andy Lelean

      Did you see my tweet to you re live gps tracking? - http://www.greenalp.com/

    • Wales Phil Billingham

      Phil Billingham

      Hi Andy - yes, sorry, meant to thank you. Will check it out

    • Australia Todd Hepworth

      Todd Hepworth

      fancy! but only 1 of the 17 in 24 crew is mentioned!

    • Wales Phil Billingham

      Phil Billingham

      Fair point - send the other details over and we can add

    • Australia Todd Hepworth

      Todd Hepworth

      Philomena O'Brien, Liselott Agerlid and Yvo Kuhling :) thanks!!!! (oh and the Norwegian 16 in 24 that we beat!)

  • Australia Todd Hepworth

    Todd Hepworth

    If you want some hints and tips then let me know

    • United States 18in24

      18in24

      Would be grateful of any handy hints please Todd.

    • Australia Todd Hepworth

      Todd Hepworth

      to start with. 1. Those with border crossings (non-Schengen) try to time at late night...less other cars 2. Save your getting out of the car by remembering in the Schengen zone you can walk back and forward and the country sign is on either side. So do Netherlands/Belgium together, then Luxembourg/France... rather than separately! 3. Make sure you have printed paper maps (we made a book of google maps close in) so you can track your progress in case the GPS doesn't have certain highways. 4. Make sure your GPS maps are up to date 5. Don't follow the GPS all the time :) If you know from your map that you should go around the town (like us going THROUGH Szeged Hungary, rather than around it).
      6. Don't blow your fuses. 7. Take your camera phones and extra cameras to take lots of vids, pics! 8. Don't drive too fast in France :P 9. When the google maps suggests that the drive through Austria takes the same rough time as the extra 30-40km through Germany this is because Austria has TUNNELS!!!!!! 10. Enjoy yourself!

    • Australia Todd Hepworth

      Todd Hepworth

      hmm that didn't format like it was meant to

    • Australia Todd Hepworth

      Todd Hepworth

      oh and we used Instamapper to track progress but I think that website has closed down.

    • United States 18in24

      18in24

      Many thanks Todd - much appreciated.

    • Wales Phil Billingham

      Phil Billingham

      Hi Todd. We are looking at Serbia, and border crossings. What was your experience, any thoughts?

    • Australia Todd Hepworth

      Todd Hepworth

      The serbia Hungary one is the bottleneck. I advise midnight to 5am if you can time it.

    • Australia Todd Hepworth

      Todd Hepworth

      Also a new bypass around Belgrade had just opened 2 years ago, don't go the shorter looking route through Ruma and the forest....

  • United States Andy Lelean

    Andy Lelean

    You have reignited my interest if you fall short, I think we might have to have a crack next year. ( still not sure it's possible), 72 mph is a big ask

  • United States Andy Lelean

    Andy Lelean

    Are you going to tweet progress?

  • United States Andy Lelean

    Andy Lelean

    18 in 24, I trust you will be observing the "must stand in every country" rule. I'm sure you'll get very good at the "5 second dance and photo".

  • United States 18in24

    18in24

    1730miles in 24 hours - 12th October 2013, watch this space.

    • United States Andy Lelean

      Andy Lelean

      Good luck - Todd is that you or someone new?

    • United States 18in24

      18in24

      We are new boys to this challenge. 4 of us from the UK setting off on the 13th October. We have just stated a facebook page 18in24 and we will hopefully start to get the word around and update people.

      Bryan, Mark, Gareth and Brian

    • United States Andy Lelean

      Andy Lelean

      Good luck - 18 is going to be tough

    • Australia Todd Hepworth

      Todd Hepworth

      Good luck chums

  • Australia Todd Hepworth

    Todd Hepworth

    Andy, Thanks for the comments. Of course your trip was one of our inspirations! We've thought about 18...it would be crazy-tough...but good luck

  • United States Andy Lelean

    Andy Lelean

    18?

  • United States Andy Lelean

    Andy Lelean

    Hi, Andy here (of Andy and Paddy, who set the bar at a measly 13 a few years back). Congratulations - well done to you all - fantastic. Paddy and I had been hatching a plan to have a crack at 17 and "get our record back" - guess we don't need to bother now - grrrrrr!

    well done

  • Australia Todd Hepworth

    Todd Hepworth

    Thanks for all your kind words...it was tough, difficult and at times we didn't think it was going to work but in the end we got there.

    Jenn - nope nothing was nearby (Denmark? UK?) We've looked at 18 countries and have noted that an extra 250km might get us Poland but 250km in 30mins is a little bit difficult :)

    Emily - we spent a LOT of time in Austria ...so we are biased. But I liked the 10 minutes we were in Liechtenstein or the 5 minutes in Slovenia!

  • United States Alicia Weber

    Alicia Weber

    Wow, terrific work and an exciting world record!

  • United States Emily Patricia

    Emily Patricia

    You're featured on our Facebook page today. Congrats!

  • United States Jenn Wark

    Jenn Wark

    You couldn't have used the last 30 minutes to squeeze in one more country? :D Just kidding, this is a great category and an excellent attempt!

  • United States Emily Patricia

    Emily Patricia

    Wow. Incredible! What was your favorite country?!

  • Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    Fantastic. Nicely done!

  • Spain Miguel De Diego

    Miguel De Diego

    increidible, just thst

  • Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    I would argue that sugarfree syrup deserves its own category.

  • United States Rob Birdsong

    Rob Birdsong

    The three record holders so far have all used Original syrups in the neighborhood of 2000-2500 calories per 24-ounce bottle.

  • does it have to be a certain type of syrup? could it be sugarfree?

  • Dan, you're an animal and I'm glad it came out of both ends because one is not enough.

  • United States Danny Infinite

    Danny Infinite

    "See now there you have it, you're doing it all wrong. You've got to open your throat, relax the jaw... and don't forget to cup the balls."

  • thats great...reminds me of super troopers

  • Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    Andy and Paddy, I salute you.

  • United States Deborah Hampton

    Deborah Hampton

    awesome.

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