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Ford Mustang

The Guinness Book of World Records has recognized a new world record for the largest Ford Mustang parade, featuring 1,326 of them. That shatters the previous record of 960 vehicles set in December 2017. There’s a strange twist, however. Being an American icon, one would assume that this record-setting Mustang parade would have taken place somewhere in the United States. Wrong! The event took place at Ford’s Lommel Proving Ground in Belgium. Sad!

Actually, though, it’s pretty amazing that there are that many Ford Mustang enthusiasts across the pond, as it speaks to just how many people all over the world seek to own the pony car. In fact, Ford Motor Company claims that the Mustang is the world’s best-selling sports coupe, and has already sold 5,500 Mustangs in the first half of 2019, up 3.7 percent from a year ago. More impressively, Ford sold 2,300 Mustangs in Europe in the first quarter of 2019, an increase of more than 27 per cent compared with the same period last year. Belgium was chosen because more Mustangs are sold there than anywhere else in Europe. And of the ones sold, customers seem to prefer the V8 rumble of the Mustang GT over the more entry level Mustang EcoBoost and its 2.3L turbo engine.

To set the new record, the Mustangs were driven in an uninterrupted convoy with no more than 20 meters (65 feet) between each car. Afterwards came the awesome photo shoot to celebrate Mustang’s 55th anniversary this year. The event was capped by a fly-over by a P-51 Mustang, the fighter plane that inspired the name of the car all those years ago.

As we first reported, the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will not be officially sold in Europe, but customers residing in the continent will be treated to the collectible Mustang55 anniversary package. The Ford Mustang55 is based off the Mustang GT and features a unique visual package consisting of black and gray accents inside and out.

Should Ford eventually choose its home country to break its own record, we can imagine there’d be quite a turnout for it.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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