Did you know there are official Guinness world records for the Longest Parade of Classic Cars and for the Largest Parade of Jaguar Cars?
We didn’t either, but attempts will be made June 14 to break both records as part of the re-launch of the Coventry Transport Museum in England. The museum is joining with Footman James, a British classic car insurance company, to organize the effort to attract more than 2,000 classic cars, including 1,000 Jaguars, to claim both world records, and in a single parade.
The current record for largest classic car parade was 1,674 vehicles that gathered last year in Mexico City. The record for most Jaguars was set in 2011 when 767 E-types paraded together at Silverstone in England.
Guinness requires the cars to travel together for at least two miles to qualify for record consideration, and classics must be at least 30 years old and presented with their original registration documents.
Coventry is the home of Jaguar and its transport museum reopens the week after the record attempts are scheduled.
“We are thrilled to be teaming up with Footman James and the Ricoh Arena (gathering point for the parade) to bring these two world records home to Coventry, the spiritual home of the British motor industry,” Gary Hall, chief executive of Culture Coventry, the trust that runs the museum, said in a news release.
“There couldn’t be a more fitting way to celebrate the re-launch of Coventry Transport Museum than to bring classic cars from all over the country, to the city which designed, built and inspired so many gorgeous and pioneering machines.”
“It’ll be great for people to see so many classics in one place, out on the British roads being used and enjoyed as intended — and in the process if we can beat the world records, then it will be an added bonus,” added David Bond, director of Footman James.
The Coventry Transport Museum tells the story of the city’s transport heritage, usually to some 500,000 visitors a year.
For more information, visit the museum’s website.