Aboyne Games officials have issued a plea to help trace muscleman Peter Puszer so that he might compete in this year’s event on August 2.
He is one of the only people to have successfully completed the Dinnie Stones challenge, described by some as the “Holy Grail” of weightlifting.
Slovakian Mr Puszer last completed the feat, which involves carrying two stones weighing a total of more than 350kg, at the Scottish Stones of Strength World Challenge in 2013.
But all efforts to contact the 5ft 7ins, 300lbs champion - last known to be working in an Aberdeen hotel kitchen - have failed.
Mr Puszer is a competitive weightlifter who has been named the ‘Strongest Man in Slovakia.’
Games chairman Ian Scott said: “We know that Peter Puszer has been successful in carrying the stones unassisted in the past and we would like to invite him to do the same again at the Aboyne Highland Games this year to see if he is still up to the challenge.”
The Dinnie Stones, or Stanes, are named after Donald Dinnie, who is said to be one of the world’s greatest strongmen with 20 highland games championships to his name.
He was a founding member of the Aboyne Games in 1867 and is famed for carrying the stones more than four metres over Potarch Bridge near Aboyne.
Anyone who can help trace Mr Puszer is asked to get in touch with organisers via the Aboyne Highland Games Facebook page.