Vintage Volkswagen cars surface in bid to break Guinness record

Posted at 04/07/2008 12:48 AM

Volkswagen is labelled as the people's car, ABS-CBN reported.


Motorists say it is easy to drive maintain and is cheap on fuel.


Volkswagen cars have had a following since 1950s.


And despite being a vintage vehicle, these cars are still hot on the road.


It was no surprise that the national Volkswagen Club of the Philippines and other organizers wanted to create the first world record by launching a large parade of different Volkswagen models.


One of the organizers, Ethel Borcena said "with the Guinness Record they are expecting us to go beyond five hundred but we have exceeded the five hundred mark, we are now up to 848."


"We are not trying to break a record...we are trying to bring in as many records as possible... this event is made up of all box and makes of Volkswagen cars and we are trying to make a record," Atty. Samuel Baldado, national president of the Volkswagen Club of the Philippines, said.


Vintage Volkswagen units like the ubiquitous Beetle, the Kombi van, the Westfalia, the Volkswagen dune buggy and the Kharman Ghia model joined the world record event.


The country's oldest Volkswagen unit, the 1950 Sakbayan also joined the parade where a total of 848 Volkswagen units accelerated in the streets.


"I wasn't expecting so many so I wasn't impressed," Baldado said.


He added "this rarely happens. This is history in the making. This is a good opportunity for our Volkswagen."


The jeepney may be the country's king of the road, but the Volkswagen too has its own number of followers.


Setting the new world record is just a means of showing that the Volkswagen is an integral of the Filipino culture. With a report from Israel Malasa