(Shaker Heights) — A group of fifth-graders in Shaker Heights believe they've set a new world record for the largest Hot Wheels track loop.

After a few unsuccessful attempts, a Hot Wheels toy car launched from a 24-foot platform raced down the track to the gym floor and completed the 9-foot, 9-inch loop Monday. The students watching at Woodbury Elementary School in Shaker Heights erupted in cheers.

They believe the attempt broke the previous world loop record of 9 feet, 3 inches. An officer from the city police department and an accountant were on hand to act as witnesses for the record-breaker.

The attempt was part of an overall fundraising effort that also involved the public shaving of school principal Randall Yates' mustache. Students raised more than $12,000.

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