Rob Kinnan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
September 9, 2016

On the Friday night of the Mustang Club of America’s 40th Anniversary celebration at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (September 2, 2016), an attempt was made to set the world record for the number of Mustangs in a parade. As the cars staged outside of the track between turns Three and Four, we made our way to the “yard of bricks” that is the start/finish line at Indy.

Most of the show-goers had already left for the day, heading out to dinner or back to their hotels, so the track was ghostly empty and silent as we walked out to the wall by the bricks, and waited for the line of Mustangs to appear on the track, not sure which direction they were going to be coming from. On Indy 500 race day, the place is packed with nearly 300,000 people (yes, you read that right) and the place is absolutely electric and incredibly exciting. But that night, not a soul could be found in sight, not even the infamous Indy “yellow shirts” security crew.

The cost to participate in the cruise was $15 per car, all of which went to charity. As the first Mustang, a 1994 Indy Pace Car convertible, came into view out of Turn Four leading the line of Mustangs, we crossed our fingers that the record would be set. As Mark Houlahan live-streamed the parade on Mustang Monthly’s Facebook page, yours truly climbed up on the wall with to photograph the cars, and we both tried to keep count. Thankfully, the organizers had put big red numbers on the windshields of all the cars, in order, so we could keep track. But sadly, as the last car rolled over the bricks, a really nice looking, red and black 1965 coupe, the number on its windshield was 561—about 200 or so short of the record.

If you participated, check out the gallery and see if your car is there. We certainly missed more than a few cars while swapping camera lenses and position, but tried to get them all.

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