Bigger is better when it comes to trucks!
by Hawkins Teague
Aug 22, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This year’s Guinness Book of World Records has a Cadiz connection, featuring a photograph of local seven-year-old Nick Ahart.

So what did Nick do to get in the book, you might ask? Run the farthest distance ever by someone his age? Perhaps, being from Trigg County, he devoured an unhealthy amount of ham in a short time? As it turns out, he and his family were just in the right place at the right time and Nick became a ham himself, so to speak.

Nick’s mother, Wendy Ahart, said that she and her husband, Brian, are huge St. Louis Cardinals fans and usually make it out to Cardinals Stadium every year to see a game. They took their children, Nick and Tyler, who were six and two years old at the time, respectively, out to St. Louis last September and decided to check out some sights that the kids would enjoy. One of them was Bigfoot 4 x 4, Inc. in Hazelwood, Mo., a few miles outside of St. Louis. She said they had always noticed it when driving by, but had never stopped there. The world’s largest monster truck, Bigfoot 5, is on display there, and on that particular day, the Guinness World Records photo editor, Michael Whitty, and photographer Richard Bradbury were there shooting pictures.

The Cadiz Record contacted Whitty via e-mail. He wrote that he and Bradbury were in St. Louis to shoot pictures of the world’s smallest and tallest horses. Since they were so close to the world’s largest monster truck, they arranged with Chandler to shoot pictures of that as well.

“While the truck was impressive, it was crying out for something more to show off its scale in an original way,” Whitty wrote. “As luck would have it Wendy’s kids wandered in and looked really good in bright red Cardinals shirts, etc. Wendy was kind enough to lend them to us for an hour out of which came one of the best photos in the 2008 book! The book will sell around four million copies around the world and relies very much on great photos like this one.”

For the rest of this story, read this week's Cadiz Record.
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