Competitive Forklift Driving Is The Pinnacle Of Motorsport And We Want To Get Certified

Gif: Stapler Cup/YouTube
Gif: Stapler Cup/YouTube

As auto enthusiasts, many of us labor under the assumption that not only can we drive pretty much anything, but that we’d be pretty good at driving it, no matter what it was. For example, I used to work at a BMW dealership parts department and an important part of this job (and generally the high point of my day) was driving the forklift. I really wheeled that thing, often down a public street between buildings, and took pride in my being #ForkliftCertified.

My skill was a lie and I know that now because of the Stapler Cup. What’s the Stapler Cup? It’s an annual international forklift driving competition hosted in Germany and the finesse with which these drivers are able to not only steer their machines but also the delicacy with which they are able to manipulate objects with the forks simply beggars belief.

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Of course, we here at Jalopnik must offer you the warning that you shouldn’t try competitive forklift techniques at your place of work, lest you find yourself in a not-so-good situation where you’re unemployed and also dead.

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