ORGANISERS of a Hampshire-based attempt to set a new world record for the longest line of toy cars now have an even bigger mountain to climb.

Germany has just smashed the existing record, forcing the National Motor Museum, in Beaulieu, to issue a last-minute plea for thousands of extra donations.

Beaulieu’s bid to enter the record books was launched in February, shortly after the old record of 9,795 toy cars was set in Guatemala.

Lord Montagu vowed to collect more than 10,000 models and has already exceeded his initial target.

But the 87-year-old peer has had to set his sights even higher after enthusiasts in Fussen, Germany, created a line of 14,310 toy vehicles.

Now staff have revealed that up to 5,000 extra items are needed to ensure success.

Andy Ollerenshaw, a member of Beaulieu’s events team, said: “We are thrilled with the response from the public and many local schools.

“Everyone wants their toy car to be part of the world record.

“However we’ve had a last-minute hitch, having just been notified by the Guinness Book of World Records that the Germans have taken the record.

“We desperately need just one last push to get the Brits back on top.”

Beaulieu’s record attempt will be made tomorrow, when employees will assemble a line of toy cars stretching at least two kilometres.

As reported in the Daily Echo, models can be donated at 21 Sainsbury’s stores, including the supermarkets at Hedge End, Southampton and Fareham.

Beaulieu staff say they are confident of setting a new record.

Once the attempt has been made the toys will be sold in aid of Naomi House and Jacksplace, the Hampshire centres that care for seriously ill children and young adults.