[Let me start by saying this post of the world record was supposed to go out on 12/6 and for some reason, we had a tech difficulty that we didn’t notice until now so this will post today and today’s will post tomorrow.]
Baggers, and Bobbers, and Hogs. Oh my! Paris Harley Davidson, along with Adam Sandoval and the Choctaw Casino & Resort – Grant, attempted and did break the World Record for the Largest Parade of Harley Davidson Motorcycles. Residents of Paris, Texas, probably didn’t get much sleep on the morning of Saturday, October 5, 2019, as almost 3,500 Harley-Davidson motorcycles descended on the local airport to shatter a world record.
The parade of American iron was reclaimed from a record previously held by Patras, in Greece. That record, a middling 2,404, was comprehensively smashed by this group who came from 35 states, and even as far away as Canada to take part.
The menagerie of chrome, studded saddlebags, and black leather was led around the Cox Field airport in organized rows, paced by a World War 2 fighter plane upfront. A Guinness Book of World Records Adjudicator was on hand to count and verify the bikes, with a total of 3,497 making the record official.
Over $50,000 in registration proceeds were donated to Motorcycle Missions, a non-profit that helps military veterans and first responders dealing with PTSD. The group was founded by Krystal Hess and uses motorcycle build projects as a platform to support and rehabilitate veterans and first responders who are recovering from trauma.
Most Harley-Davidsons are a little over 96 inches—about eight feet—long. Multiply that by 3,497 and you get a parade with tassels streaming back at least 3 miles. If you said each HD in the parade was worth $10,000 (and most were worth considerably more judging by the video) than that’s over $30 Million worth of Milwaukee metal. Many of the bikes were two-up, and by the time the organizers, vendors, emergency services and spectators were thrown in, around 10,000 people were on hand to watch the spectacle.
You don’t have to love Harley-Davidsons to appreciate this one. The sheer organizational effort that goes into a rally of this size is immense and shows that most of us will take any excuse to join up with other bikers for a ride. There’s no word from Paris Harley-Davidson if they’ll attempt to extend the record in 2020. For now, they can rest easy knowing they successfully bought the record back home to the USA.
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