1,326 Mustangs in One Place Don't Make a Herd, But a World Record

The Ford Mustang is one of those quintessential American cars, a name the Average Joe like to identify himself with. Ironically, it's not the Americans that have helped Ford set a Mustang-related record, but the Europeans.
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On September 9, 2019, an army of Ford Mustang cars of all generations descended upon the carmaker's Lommel Proving Ground in Belgium, in an attempt to beat a record for the most Mustang cars in a single parade.

The previous achievement, also set outside U.S. borders, in Mexico, was 960 vehicles, and it was simply shattered by the huge crowd of cars attending this time. 1,326, to be exact, all lined up neatly with their owners next to them.

There were some rules to be followed for the record to matter. The most important was that all of the over 1,300 cars had to be driven in an uninterrupted convoy with no more than 20 meters separating them.

When that was over, all the vehicles flocked to one place, lined up and allowed themselves be captured on camera (video at the bottom of the page), while above their rooftops a P51 Mustang fighter plane was doing circles.

To get an idea of how difficult getting all these cars in one place must have been, you should know the Mustang is not exactly one of Europe's best selling cars. In fact, few muscle/pony cars are.

In the first months of 2019, only 5,500 new Mustangs were sold on the continent. Despite this being a 3.7 percent increase compared to last year, the number is insignificant for a market that swallows well over 1 million cars per month.

Also, getting in touch with owners of Mustangs dating back as far as 1964 must have been a logistical nightmare.

Yet, somehow Ford did it, and now the new record to beat – perhaps by America? - is 1,326 Mustangs.

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About the author: Daniel Patrascu
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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