Ford Parade - world record set by Ford Motor Company of Southern
Phakisa Freeway, Free State, South Africa -- 586 Ford
owners from around the country come together at Phakisa Freeway
in the Free State, to participate in a spectacular parade
sponsored by Ford
Motor Company of Southern Africa - setting the new
world record for the Largest
Ford owners from around the country were invited
to bring their vehicles to the Welkom-based race circuit to
complete the 3.2km route in celebration of the Blue Oval and
its illustrious history.
“It was a fantastic day, the turnout was
phenomenal and we’ve been overwhelmed by the loyalty and enthusiasm
of all the die-hard Ford fans who joined us,” Ford marketing
manager, Ben Pillay said after the record attempt for
Largest Ford Parade.
A vast array of Ford models lined the circuit
with everything from new Fiestas to Ford Granadas coming together
in support of the Ford brand. Leading the way was a Model
T Ford, as the first production Ford model (famous for its
visionary’s assertion that it would be available in any colour
as long as it was black), it proved a fitting car to head
the notable chain of Ford machinery.
Other Ford exotica helping to make up the
record numbers included the country’s only Focus RS and iconic
Ford GT from Lazarus Motor Company.
“The variety was unbelievable and really shows
the depth of Ford’s history in South Africa,” continued Pillay.
“It was a nostalgic day and an event that won’t soon be forgotten.”
The day proved so successful that a recount was
required with the numbers far surpassing all initial expectations.
The final tally was recorded at 586, exceeding the previous
Guinness world record for the Largest
Ford Parade by more than four times.
In addition to being an historic event, fans attending
the day were kept entertained with a variety of activities.
Team Ford Racing demonstrated their on-track skills in a series
of demonstration laps. There were also sky divers, food stalls
and a flea market area to keep the participants continually