The Titanic kit is one of Lego’s largest and most expensive; one that Haworth, a Lego fan, had saved for with lawn service earnings and gifts. After saving enough, his watch began for the kit, not always available, to come back in stock.
When it all came together and he finally raised his hands in the air on that May 26th afternoon at about 4:40 p.m. after placing the final piece in place, the West Springfield High School sophomore had unofficially bested the prior record by about two hours. A little tired, in need of a rest break, and with sore fingers from pushing over 9,000 pieces into place, there was a high five for his dad and a quick hug for his mom, as the small crowd applauded. Then the wait began for confirmation from Guinness and certification of his record.
It would take several months before the family would receive the certificate from Guinness.
Now West Springfield can now claim an official Guinness World Record holder in its midst.