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Russians Beat US for Hosting Largest Gathering of Subarus

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A parade of 549 Subarus, including the WRX, set a new Guinness World Record at Moscow Speedway over the weekend

Until last weekend, the United States held the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of Subarus ever recorded. However, at the annual SubaFest held in Moscow, Russia, that distinction was taken away.

We beat them to the moon; they gather more of the same kind of car in one place. Both impressive feats, eh?

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The previous record was set on July 13, 2013, when 371 Subaru vehicles, including the Forester, Outback, and WRX, gathered in one place here in the United States. To break the record, Russia had to gather at least 400 Subarus. Seeing as SubaFest gathered 4,000 Subaru fans and about 1,000 cars, it couldn’t be too difficult a feat, right?


Setting the record is a lot more difficult than just parking a bunch of Subarus in the same place. Instead, all the participating Subarus (549 in total) had to travel three kilometers without stopping, and at no time could there be a distance of more than two cars between participating Subaru vehicles. In total, it took the 549 Subarus two-and-a-half hours to break the record at Moscow Speedway. The vehicles traveled between 5 and 7 km/h (between 3 and 4 mph).

“This record is very complex from a technical point of view. It is important to the effort of each participant, because one mistake can cost a person the record,” remarked Glen Pollard, a Guinness World Records spokesman who certified the achievement and presented the certificate. “But today you have proven that together you can achieve a lot. So today I solemnly declare that you are officially awesome!”

But probably not awesome enough to hold the record for long. It’s no secret that we in the United States don’t like to lose, especially to those gosh darn Russians, so expect an attempt by avid Subaru fans to break the record very soon.

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