When you think of the Nürburgring track, you likely think of fast cars tackling the course and setting record lap times. It’s where companies test their cars and try to outdo one another with the latest technology. It’s not the kind of place you expect to see pickups, but if you were there on November 5, then you would have seen pickups for miles.
The gathering of Ram trucks was an effort to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest parade of pickup trucks. The world record was previously set in Mexico with 638 trucks while a Ram-only record was on the books for 451 trucks.
You might not be too surprised to see an attempt at this record in the US where there are lots of pickup truck owners, but in Germany at the Nürburgring is unexpected. Germany is not the land of big old trucks. It’s the land of the autobahn and sports cars.
Despite Germany being pretty far removed from a place like Texas where trucks rule, they still managed to bring together 1,152 trucks for a lap of the track. Sadly, they did not take the track at speed. The whole point was to have a parade of trucks and not a pileup, which is probably what would have happened if speed had been a part of the challenge.
It took over half an hour for the parade to navigate the course and it was a quiet affair with no horn honking allowed. They did have plenty of flags waving from countries including Germany, the US, and France. Most of the trucks present were German, although a few came from other countries.
It was an eclectic mix of countries and trucks with 1,318 participants signed up to help break the record. You can see exactly which trucks were there, the names of the participants, and their home countries over on the event’s website.
Entrants had to pay 15€ or just over $16 to be included with the money going to cover the cost of staging the event. The requirements specified any Dodge or Ram truck built from 1981-2017 was eligible, as long as it was properly registered to travel German roads and had a licensed driver behind the wheel.
It’s one of the slowest Nürburgring laps you’ll ever see, but it still managed to set a record.