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Mercedes and a Honda spend 45 minutes locked in a tense standoff in a parking space in Melbourne

Mercedes and a Honda spend 45 minutes locked in a tense standoff in a CBD parking space as a crowd forms around them

  • Two Melbourne drivers were stuck in a parking spot for 45 minutes
  • The Mercedes Benz and Honda both attempted to claim the spot on Sunday night
  • Witnesses say the Honda ultimately won the battle after a ‘referee’ intervened

Two drivers were caught in a bizarre standoff in a single parking spot on a busy street that lasted 45 minutes.

A gray Mercedes Benz and a dark blue Honda were fighting over a single parking space near the corner of Russell and Lonsdale streets in Melbourne’s CBD.

The two drivers arrived on site simultaneously around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, with each car taking half and refusing to give up the rest.

Two drivers on a busy Melbourne street were caught in a bizarre standoff in a single parking space that lasted 45 minutes

A Reddit user shared an image of the two pilots locked in battle as a crowd gathered on the sidewalk to watch the puzzling scene.

The man who posted the image asked other Melburnians who witnessed the ‘epic battle’ which driver ultimately managed to claim the park.

“Honda won! Me and my buddies dropped by just as it was ending. There was quite a large crowd,” one wrote.

Another broke down the time and location saying: ‘For context the battle happened around 7.30am near the corner of Russell and Lonsdale.’

“Apparently it had been going on for 15 minutes when my partner and I arrived and was continuing at 7.45am when we had to leave to get to our comedy show.”

A few respondents noted that a “referee” had to intervene when the two stubborn drivers refused to give way after half an hour.

“We watched occasionally for almost half an hour waiting for a comedy show. It was still a stalemate when we left but someone had started acting as a referee between the two riders,” one of them recalled.

A gray Mercedes Benz and a dark blue Honda were fighting over a single parking space near the corner of Russell and Lonsdale streets.  A Reddit user revealed that the Honda finally won after the two riders locked themselves in a 45-minute battle

A gray Mercedes Benz and a dark blue Honda were fighting over a single parking space near the corner of Russell and Lonsdale streets. A Reddit user revealed that the Honda finally won after the two riders locked themselves in a 45-minute battle

Others chose the sides of the pilot who they believed had the right to claim the space.

“I was firmly on the side of the common man, the Honda team. Not just because they had three wheels in the park,” one wrote.

“Usually the Shujinko team wins because the corners are very tight on the other side and a faster reaction time is needed,” another observed.

A third added that the Honda should have pulled “the handbrake and gone”. Mercedes is unlikely to call the bluff.”

One of them said that if the two cars crashed, the Honda would “win by default”.

A few Melbourne residents joked that “Sunday entertainment” was better to watch than Formula 1.

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