CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) — A Carmel man is hoping to establish a world record for spending the longest amount of time driving in a roundabout.
The idea came to 64-year old Oran Sands after missing his exit at the 106th Street roundabout.
“I went around the second time and that’s when I realized that nobody in the roundabout in that same time was there when I initially came through,” said Sands. “Everybody was new and I thought I could go around another time and nobody will ever know and it just kind of stuck with me that I could sit here circling all day and nobody would be wiser so I decided to give it a shot.”
He spent a month preparing for this attempt and brought several passengers along for the ride in his 1987 Volkswagen Cabriolet, including Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard.
“Having the mayor join us took away the possibility of having police interrupt us,” said Sands.
He spent nearly three and a half hours driving in the roundabout at 106th Street and Keystone Parkway.
Sands noted that the attempt was challenging at times.
“One thing people don’t realize is that if you’re circling a roundabout that often, you’re having to pay attention like every two seconds to the other intersections that you’re passing,” said Sands.
Sand said his personal goal was four hours, but he knew after circling the roundabout for a long period of time it was time to call it quits.
“I was beginning to realize my attention, my focus on all the intersections here were not quite as attentive as I would have liked,” said Sands.
Sands said the drive surprisingly didn’t make him dizzy. With the car set in second gear, Sands said he was driving at an average speed of 19 miles per hour.
“My accelerator foot hardly ever moved. We kept it in second gear the entire time,” said Sands. “I just kept the throttle in one place that primarily made my foot go numb after a while.”
By the end of his attempt, Sands submitted the video and GPS data to Guinness World Records and Record Setter. He said it could take a few weeks to hear back, but he has no regrets.
“Everybody just thought it was hilarious, everybody thought it was a hoot. A few people thought I was crazy, but I wouldn’t necessarily disagree with them either,” said Sands.
According to the mayor’s office, the City of Carmel will have 99 roundabounts after the U.S. 31 project is completed. A spokesperson said another 30 to 40 are scheduled for the near future.