A string of 298 old and new Cadillac vehicles in the US has set a new world record for the longest car parade, according to Guinness World Records. The parade was carried out in Barton, Vermont, to honor the founder of the Cadillac brand, Henry M. Leland.
Initially, the celebrations weren't intended to create such a mass demonstration of Cadillac history on the open road. The idea of creating a parade was thrown up by Lorie Seadale, superintendent for the Floral Hall Arts & Crafts department of the Orleans Fair. He assumed it would help attract attention.
It sure did. As enthusiasts gathered from all over the USA and Canada, a line stretching almost 1.6km was formed, putting the drive into the Guinness Book of Records. Mr Seadale said,
"Our initial goal was for the fair but it's become a dual-purpose event to honor Henry Leland's legacy and contribution to this country with his inventions, ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit. It's great to bring the world record back the United States where it belongs."
Meanwhile Don Butler, vice president of marketing for the Cadillac brand, recently said,
"Cadillac congratulates the residents of Barton and all of the Cadillac owners who participated in the parade for setting the world record in Henry Leland's home town."
Henry M. Leland grew up in the Barton area of Vermont before starting up the Cadillac car company in 1902. A special pink Cadillac escorting Doug Leland, a descendant of Henry, was also involved in the parade.