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Ferris wheel feat: LAPD detective attempts world record on Santa Monica pier

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The most exclusive scene Thursday night will be at the Santa Monica pier where an LAPD detective is attempting to set a new world record with a 25-hour ferris wheel ride.

LAPD Detective Gus Martinez is taking the circular journey to nowhere on the 130-foot-tall amusement in an effort to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics. His son has won more than 30 gold medals in the competiton, notes NBC LA.

From 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Thursday, night-riders can take a spin in solidarity for $5, with all proceeds benefiting Special Olympics Southern California.

In order to break the record of 24 hours and 30 minutes set in Dublin, Ireland, Martinez will need to go round and round and round and round (etc.) til around 8:30 a.m. on Friday.

A motion sickness-inducing contest accompanies donations made on the website -- the winner will receive a private, hour-long ride on the wheel.

In contrast, watching the live stream is unexpectedly soothing, and absurdly hilarious.

Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner