VALE, Ore. --- A city of fewer than 2,000 people set out Saturday to break a world record. The town of Vale, Oregon attempted to break the Guinness World Record for the world's longest pickup truck parade. The record was set last year at the Indianapolis Speedway with 386 trucks.
Hundreds of people gathered to show the world a little bit about Vale and their affinity for the pickup.
Everyone has two or three (pickups) I think, that's just what Vale is all about, said Dick Fugate, a Vale resident who came to participate in the parade.
More than 400 people showed up in their pickups to break the Guinness World Record for longest pickup truck parade.
I was pretty darn sure we could break it, so it turned out we could have broke it many times over if we'd have had more planning, if we'd have had a little more experience in parades like this, said organizer Dwight Keller.
There are rules for record-breaking, Keller said. Drivers have to be licensed, and all the trucks have to be registered and insured. During the parade they can never be more than two car lengths apart. And of course, it has to be a real pickup.
The pickup has to be a legitimate pickup on a pickup chassis, which eliminates a lot of pretend pickups, Escalades, El Caminos, that type of thing, Keller said.
There were pickups of all makes and from all eras at the parade.
I like the old original kind of stuff and I got some of the newer ones too, but this is my favorite one to drive, said Fugate of his vintage truck.
Organizers said there was even a driver who came from as far away Red Bluff, California to participate.
It will be two months before they officially hear from Guinness whether their record-breaking attempt followed all the rules and qualified.