MINI celebrated the launch of London 2012 Olympic special editions by having England long jump champion J.J. Jegede jump over them.
Jegede is actually a London 2012 hopeful, so this jump was like an exercise for him. The three MINIs when lined up measured approximately six metres in length. A long jump champion can easily jump seven or eight meters.
In order to give Jegede the correct elevation for the jump, the run-up track and sand pit were raised to the height of the MINI’s roofs on specially-constructed structures positioned either side of the vehicles. Both track and pit were built to competition standard to ensure the best conditions for the attempt.
J.J. Jegede said: “When you watch athletics on TV it’s hard to really understand just how far professional athletes can jump. I’ve always wanted to demonstrate my ability in a fun way, so I jumped at the chance to perform an Evel Knievel-style display. It is my ultimate dream to compete at London 2012. I spend much of my spare time working with young people to get them involved in sport too, but I certainly advise any budding athletes not to try this one at home.”