ilani Resort recently celebrated the opening of a new six-floor parking garage by breaking Guinness World Records.
Records were broken with the help of renowned race-car driver Michael Andretti.
To honor the addition of the cutting-edge parking complex, ilani hosted a private race with Andretti behind the wheel of a 669-pound — and edible — replica of his white 1991 Championship season race car.
Zooming through the structure’s levels, Andretti raced against a second edible creation — a black replica 1979 Iola, as a tribute to his father, Mario. At the race, Andretti broke not one but two world records.
“I had a great time with Black Sheep Custom Cakes and the entire ilani team setting a new edible vehicle speed record,” Andretti said in a release. “I’ve driven a lot of vehicles, and this was by far one of the most unique. What a great way to showcase this new state-of-the-art parking facility.”
The cars were designed and constructed by celebrity cake artist Mike Elder, who met the Guinness World Records criteria by making sure his concoctions were 90 percent edible.
The cars — which measured in at 12 sheet cakes high by the driver’s compartment, had five extra layers at the rear spoiler, and came with seats constructed of rice cereal treats — were finished off with a satin ice fondant and edible images.
“Building, baking, making, and decorating two 600-plus-pound cakes, let alone racing these legendary Andretti replica car cakes, is a lifetime memory. Setting two Guinness World Records titles in the process is just the icing on the cake,” said Elder in the release.
The feat was an extraordinary sight indeed, according to Guinness World Records adjudicator Christina Flounders Conlon. Conlon was impressed not only by the attempt at the challenge but the level of difficulty taken on by the team to obtain two record titles.
Afterward, ilani donated over 500 pounds of the cake to local non-profit Share Vancouver.