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The odd German Guinness Ram record

by Bill Cawthon on

1,152 Ram pickups joined forces to set a Guinness-certified world record as the “Largest Parade of Pickup Trucks,” nearly doubling the previous world record of 638 pickups.

Oddly enough, the record wasn’t set in the pickup-happy United States, but in a country where Ram doesn’t even have direct sales — Germany.


Sponsored solely by importers AutoGlobalTrade AG of Switzerland and AUTEC of Germany, the parade took over the Nürburgring racetrack in Nuremberg, Germany.


The trucks ranged from a 1981 Dodge to 2016 Rams; they ran on diesel, gasoline, and even LPG.  (See this 37-minute video of the parade).

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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