Another rather incredibly feat by Quebec strongman Claude “Samson” Champagne, (who we have featured previously.) Count up all that weight and you’ll arrive at a total of 1369 pounds for a three-inch “rack pull” — or what at one time might have been called a hand and thigh lift. Double overhand grip, no straps, just pure strength — bravo! Noted bodybuilder Rick Wayne also looks on in amazement.
Many strongmen called themselves “Samson” but Ben Darwin took it literally. Like the biblical Samson, Ben Darwin’s strength came from his hair – in this case, pulling a loaded seven passenger Sedan over 100 feet. This feat was accomplished in September of 1945. This worked out pretty well with Darwin’s other hobby.
The Brothers McCann, Henry (left) and Louis (right), of Birmingham, England, were known as Hercules and Samson when they became professional strongmen in the late 1800’s. In December of 1890, at The Royal Music Hall, they challenged Eugen Sandow to a match — and Won! …although they were defeated by Louis Cyr in a similar contest a few years later.