Koronadal upbeat on Guinness bids

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/25 April) — The city government is confident of setting the Guinness world records for the most number of motorcycle engines started and motorcycle horns sounded simultaneously in its scheduled attempts here on Saturday, April 29.

Judith Amido, city information officer, said Tuesday support from motorcycle enthusiasts and other stakeholders for the world record bids has been so far overwhelming and the city could likely surpass its targets.

The registration of participants are ongoing at the city hall here and online through the city government’s website www.koronadal.gov.ph.

The Guinness world record attempts are among the highlights of the city’s ongoing 1st Motorcycle Festival and the 23rd national convention of the National Federation of Motorcycle Clubs in the Philippines on April 28-29.

The city government is targeting to mobilize some 2,500 to 3,000 participants for the bids for the most number of engines started simultaneously and motorcycle horns sounded simultaneously.

It will be joined by visiting members of the NFMCP, which is headed by City Mayor Peter Miguel, and local motorcycle enthusiasts.

The local government has scheduled a dry run for the activity on Wednesday night.

Amido clarified that the event will only focus on the two categories instead of the original three, which had included the largest parade of motorcycle.

She said they scrapped such category after Guinness raised the required number of participants to a minimum of 22,000 motorcycle riders.

Amido noted that the local government earlier applied and was approved by Guinness for the three categories.

But she said Guinness informed them that while there is no current world record holder for the largest parade of motorcycles, the city should beat the minimum number set by the organization.

The standard figure was set by Guinness based on studies made by its researchers and management team, she said.

“They told us that it is non-negotiable,” she said in a radio interview.

For the upcoming world record attempts, Amido said they sought the assistance of Guinness for the processing and adjudication of the bid for a fee of nearly P1 million.

She said the city could have opted for the standard application process, which is free of any charge, but they decided to get the services of Guinness to ensure proper facilitation and processing of the bids.

City officials earlier said the world record for the three categories is being held by India but it turned out that the feat was not officially recognized by Guinness.

According to the Guinness website, the current world record for the most motorcycle engines started simultaneously is 1,446 and was achieved by Yamaha Motor Philippines in association with Ad Staunch Communication Network Inc.

It was held at the SM Mall of Asia Complex on June 2, 2014.

The record for the most motorcycle horns sounded simultaneously was also achieved in the same event with 1,425.

Organizers were able to mobilize a total of 1,208 motorcycles in a parade during the event and was recognized by Guinness for “the largest parade of Yamaha motorcycles.” (MindaNews)