At least 1,500 members of a Philippine motorcycle club broke three Guinness World records in one day by simultaneously starting their engines, beeping their horns and holding a parade in Pasay City on Saturday.
Going into the Guinness Book of World Records is the Yamaha Club, a group of local bike riders.
The club established the record in two new Guinness categories: the biggest number of bikes simultaneously starting their engines, and honking their horns.
Then it reset the record for the biggest number of motorbikes participating in a parade. The old record holder is TDMitalia, a motorcycle club in Italy, which paraded 206 bikes in 2003.
Assembled at the Mall of Asia parking lot, the 1,500 Yamaha riders ignited their engines at the same time and kept them on for one minute to claim the first record.
The number exceeded the minimum 200 to clinch the record in that category.
They then honked their horns continuously for 15 seconds to own the second record. The category needed only 250 bikes for the record.
The riders finally streamed out of the parking lot for a 3.5-kilometer run in the streets around MOA to claim the third.
Representatives from the Guinness Book of World Records led by Terje Purga were on hand to check if the record-breaking attempts conformed with Guinness requirements. They made the official announcement several hours later.
“We want to make a history and a statement that our group exists,” said Lenie Alambro, the club’s marketing communication supervisor.
“The first two records needed only 200 riders, but we have 1,500 participants,” Alambro said.
The Yamaha Club claims to have 85,000 members from all over the country.