Ford One-Ups Chevy with Largest Flag Record
2017 Super Duty Officially Sets Guinness Record
The Ford versus Chevy rivalry is nearly as old as the automobile itself. And nowhere is that rivalry more heated and competitive than in trucks. While all the current fullsize truck models are very close in terms of capability, that doesn’t stop the brands from symbolic one-upmanship. In the latest round of the Ford versus Chevy battle, Ford claims the victory for the largest American flag towed behind a truck. The previous record was set by the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD at the Texas Motor Speedway in September. That flag was 40 by 80 feet. The flag towed by the 2017 Ford F-450 Super Duty was 45 by 92 feet -- or a massive 4,124 square feet, larger than the average American home by a substantial margin.
In order to qualify for the record books, the flag could not touch the ground for more than 100 yards or 328 feet. The truck exceeded that record by 32 feet and, just to rub it in little more, took four victory laps around the Homestead-Miami Speedway’s 1.5-mile track. To pull off this patriotic feat, a team of 20 was required to unfurl the flag and prepare the 45-foot rigging to ensure the flag did not touch the ground. The display was repeated at the Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship earlier this week. In an ironic twist, Jimmie Johnson won the race driving -- you guessed it -- a Chevrolet.