Illinois Subaru Parade Gets Guinness World Record

July 15, 2009
2008 Subaru WRX STI police car, Itasca, Illinois

2008 Subaru WRX STI police car, Itasca, Illinois

When we hear "Subaru", we're more likely to think of world rallies than world records. But last Saturday, Subaru of America set a new Guinness World Record for the largest parade of Subaru cars in the world: 339 of them, to be precise.

The Guinness organization even sent an official adjudicator, who gave Guinness World Record certificates to Tom Gehrke, from Subaru of America, and Deputy Police Chief Bob O’Connor, representing the Village of Itasca, Illinois.

The company donated $15 for each car that showed up to PAWS Chicago, which takes in homeless pets, and Salute Inc., a nonprofit group that supports military personnel, veterans, and their families.

This isn't the first time Itasca has benefitted from Subaru's largesse. Its police department has among its patrol cars a 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, complete with emergency lights and graphics.

Oddly, according to the village, the 305-horsepower car will be used for promotional and special events, including promotion of safe driving practices. We'd have thought the Subie would be pretty good at chasing down traffic offenders too.

For the record, those 339 Subarus that gathered to set the record represent a total of 1,356 driven wheels, since every new Subaru sold here is fitted with all-wheel-drive. (OK, OK, there may have been a few front-wheel-drive cars from the Eighties, but still ....)

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