Ford re-wrote the record books on 27 February 2010 when South African motoring enthusiasts from around the country gathered to create the largest recorded Ford parade in history.
The event, which took place on a fair-weathered Saturday at Phakisa Freeway in the Free State, brought 586 Fords together to participate in a spectacular parade lap to secure an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records.
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.
Ford marketing manager Ben Pillay at the end of the record attempt said: “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.”
A vast array of models lined the circuit with everything from Fiestas to Granadas coming together in support of the brand.
Pole position was given to a Model T Ford, as the first production model, it proved a fitting car to head the notable chain of machinery.
Other Ford exotica making up the record numbers included the country’s only Focus RS and an iconic Ford GT from Lazarus Motor Company.
A record of Ford history
“The variety was unbelievable and really shows the depth of Ford’s history in South Africa,” said.
The day proved so successful that a recount was required with the numbers far surpassing initial expectations. The final tally was recorded at 586, beating the previous record by more than four times.
In addition to being an historic event, fans attending the day were entertained with a variety of activities. Team Ford Racing demonstrated their on-track skills in a series of demonstration laps.