PUEBLA, Mexico – The Mexican state of Puebla over the weekend attempted to take the Guinness World Record for the most Volkswagen vehicles concentrated in one place.
An estimated 3,000 vehicles of the German brand arrived at “Pin Up Weekend Cholula,” an event organized by several car owners and backed by Volkswagen, which has one of its most important plants in the American continent in Puebla.
The current record in this category has been held by Brazil since 1995 with 2,780 vehicles.
The event’s organizer, Jose Antonio Olvera, said that the record attempt was of great importance because the car manufacturer had strong ties with Puebla, central Mexico.
“We have to show the passion we have for the brand, because there is love for cars and the brand,” Olvera said.
Guinness representatives were present at the event to count the cars and check if all the required conditions were fulfilled, and the result will be announced in a month, according to the organizers.
The event brought together models of different types and ages, many of them with stories told by their owners.
The Argentinians Belen and Lucho left their country with the goal of traveling to Alaska in their Kombi.
“We left about two and a half years ago from Argentina, three and a half years ago from Brazil, because the Kombi is Brazilian and we have been traveling for three and a half years,” Lucho said.
After touring Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Central America “we entered Mexico around eight months ago, we calculated another year, went to Cuba, left the Kombi here in Mexico and continued to travel this beautiful territory,” Lucho said.
For Belen, the most fun part was leaving behind the monotony of life – on the journey no two days are the same as they continue to seek adventure, freedom, experiences and knowledge. And she wanted to finish the challenge that they started out to complete several years ago.
Valentin Jancho, an odontopaediatrician, treats the poorer communities free of charge in the state of Veracruz from his Kombi 1995.
He has modified the vehicle to fit in an office inside, with the essential items to attend to children.
“We got this idea of opening a dental clinic in a Kombi so that we could reach the communities without access to specialists,” he said.