On Saturday Oct 15th, 2016 over 2,000 people took to Lancelin’s iconic sand dunes to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Convoy of Off Road Vehicles. The event was part of the Lancelin Off Road Muster, sponsored by Perth Diesel Performance and Line-X and organised by the Lancelin District Community Association.
On the Saturday morning, 450 turned up at the registration desk in the heart of town before being given a police escort out to the sand dunes and forming up in the secure area behind the start line. In the end, 449 vehicles crossed the starting line in an attempt to break the existing record of 154 4WD vehicles, set in 2014 by Toyota in Doha, Qatar.
The Lancelin District Community Association launched the event in mid August and sold out the 500-odd places in just 7 days.
It took a team of around 40 Lancelin-loving volunteers to run the event which ran without a hitch! Kym and Tonya Illman led the team which included Lancelin legends Mike Cramb, Lyn McSherry, Cliff Weeks, Colin Walker, Bob James, Travis Farr, Brock Shields and 35+ others.
Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, waved off the field claiming it was “without a doubt the best event I’ve seen in my electorate and probably the state over the past decade. Absolutely outstanding.”
The day kicked off with a breakfast at the Lancelin Beach Hotel before the “Show and Shine” in the centre of town where respected 4WD journalist Ray Cully (The West Australian) and Mark Haffenden from Eureka 4WD Training selected a number of stand-out vehicles to be awarded prizes.
The day ended with a get together at the Endeavour Tavern after which the job of compiling all of the evidence fell to Kym and Tonya Illman.
The required evidence was submitted to Guinness World Records and in early February, Guinness confirmed the record had indeed been smashed – you can view the official confirmation here.
All proceeds went to the Lancelin District Community Association.