New World Record for Largest Parade of Pickups

Nov 08, 2016 05:00 AM EST | Staff Reporter

The pickup truck is the quintessential component of the American patriotic psyche, particularly in Texas. It represents everything the Texan envisages himself to be--confident, brash, outspoken and larger than life.

Equivalent records in the past

In April 2015, 451 Trucks owners from seven U.S. States and Canada made history in Arlington, Texas by setting a new Guinness World Records Title for the Largest Parade of Pickup Trucks. In the same year, in July, the record was broken when 638 classic pickups paraded in an event in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico.

Something brewing

Nestled in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany is the picturesque town of Nurburg. Now this isn't the first place that comes to mind when thinking about the commonness--and popularity--of the American pickup truck. More common is the image of a proficient Volkswagen or the sleek and stylish lines of an Audi would be a more regularly conjured image dashing down the Autobahn. However, something notable recently occurred in the grasslands which house the region's expansive Nurburgring Motorsports Complex, colloquially known as The Green Hell, that won't be forgotten for a long time.

The event was organized by the people behind AutoGlobalTrade AG. According to the data collected by the official event  website, 1,317 pickup truck owners registered for the event but, in the end, only 1,152 pickup trucks arrived at the Nurburgring to participate in the event to beat the existing world record.

Per social media coverage of the occasion, educated onlookers estimated that around 1,300 enthusiasts turned up to achieve this incredible and outlandish goal. With a recorded population in nearby Nürburg of approximately 170 inhabitants, this sleepy German town would have felt like a rush hour in Manhattan as the ram trucks chugged and bumbled their way through the area on their way to the Nürburgring. The parade took place on the Nordsleife; the start was at the Grand Prix Strecke.

This monumental feat was officiated and approved by Guinness--though their website is not updated yet. Nevertheless, those 1,152 pickup truck owners should be proud of themselves.

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