At 3am on the morning of October 4th, 2019, Joseph Klafke left Trempealeau, WI for Paris, TX to participate in a Guinness World Records Harley Davidson motorcycle parade. During the week, Klafke is a Dump Truck Driver at County Materials—in his free time he enjoys riding his Harley, and the bond it creates with other riders. All of the proceeds from the world record event went to Mission: Thank You, an organization that awards veterans with new Harley Davidson motorcycles.
Klafke arrived in Texas around 7:30pm that night. Because of this long drive, Klafke drove his pickup with his motorcycle behind on a trailer. According to Klafke, October 5th, the day of the event started off at a cool 70 degrees. By noon there were more than 4,500 people at the Cox Airfield where the event was held, and the temperatures had risen to 92 degrees. At 2:30pm the parade began, one row at a time. The last row was finally released two-and-a-half hours later. Each rider had an electric chip that registered at the beginning and end of the 2-mile track. The official Guinness World Records count was 3,497 motorcycles took part in the entire 2-mile parade.
The Certificate of Participation from Guinness World Records stated: “The largest parade of Harley Davidson motorcycles is 3,497, was achieved in Paris, TX on 5 October.”
Klafke left for Wisconsin the next morning, again at 3am. “I wanted to attend this event because of the familial bond between Harley riders,” said Klafke. “There was more to this than just a world record, it was a great bonding experience and raised funds for an exceptional veterans’ organization.”