I guess one would have to be there to know for sure. It would be safe to assume that the crowd of people completely surrounded the vehicle and backing up to photograph would not be an option.
Focal length is a 'tool', and as with any tool, it should be used properly. I maintain 20 enlargers for the university and have a big rubber mallet. I have used it a couple times in the past 20+ years...but never to adjust the alignment.