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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? The 12 Famous GM Parade of Progress Futurliners

First occurring in 1791 in what was then Bohemia, the World’s Fair was designed to be a large global exhibition to showcase the achievements of nations. Each iteration over the years featured its own distinct, vibrant character and mesmerizing spectacles that unfolded in diverse corners of the globe, stirring imaginations and sparking wonder with its innovations and marvels. Nearly every World’s Fair had a large centerpiece that displayed the abilities of its host city, which led to the creation of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington, to name a few.

At the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, the theme was “A Century of Progress,” which emphasized color, lighting and technological advancement. The General Motors display at the event featured the world’s first automotive research organization, the GM Research Laboratories ‒created to accelerate GM into a leading transportation technology company. The Research Laboratories later evolved into the General Motors Research and Development department.

The success of the display at the World’s Fair inspired Charles F. Kettering, then vice president of GM, to develop a mobile exhibit that became known as the Parade of Progress. The traveling show could be enjoyed by anyone for free and drew millions of attendees across the country.

The inaugural Parade of Progress tour began in 1936. Central to the parade were eight large, red-and-white Streamliners, custom-built at the Fleetwood plant of Fisher Body. The parade covered over a million miles and visited 251 towns across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and even Cuba (that’s right, they loaded all the Streamliners and support vehicles on a ship!). The parade entertained some 12.5 million spectators.

Following the triumph of the initial Parade of Progress with the tour buses, GM upgraded its fleet in 1940, introducing a new set of 12 now infamous and grand vehicles known as Futurliners. Constructed by GM’s Yellow Coach and Fleetwood Fisher Body divisions and designed by Harley Earl, each Futurliner measured approximately 33 feet in length, 8 feet in width and 11 feet in height. These imposing and impressive vehicles featured a futuristic Art Deco-inspired streamlined design. Inside, they showcased cutting-edge exhibits and displays, spotlighting advancements in transportation, science and industry.

The Parade of Progress was paused when the United States entered World War II. The vehicles were relocated to Ohio for storage, and it wasn’t until April 1953 that the parade resumed, maintaining its 1940 format with support vehicles and personnel comprised of young men from colleges across the country. Many Futurliners had been updated and rebuilt after sitting in storage during the war and were retitled as 1950 models. Fred Huddle’s Aer-O-Dome tent, a signature component of the Parade of Progress, with its external aluminum arches and vinyl-canvas skin, was enlarged to hold 1,500 people. New exhibits featured jet propulsion, the atom, stereo technology and metal-powder-forming, alongside exhibits retained from previous parades.

The postwar Parade of Progress struggled to attract the same level of attention as before, largely due to the invention and rise of television, which had been one of the scientific advancements the parade had showcased years before. This shift in entertainment preferences led to the demise of the parade, prompting GM to disband the caravan permanently in 1956.

Despite their popularity during the Parade of Progress tour, the fate of the Futurliners varied over the years. Some were donated to the Michigan State Police, while others were sold to private collectors or museums. A few were even abandoned or scrapped. Today, only nine Futurliners are known to exist, scattered across the world.

It is important to note that most of the remaining Futurliners don’t have their data plates, making it extremely difficult to correlate them with the exhibits they originally hauled. According to Bruce Berghoff’s book, “General Motors Parade of Progress & A Futurliner Returns,” the identification plates seen in many of the old photos were swapped around during the Parade of Progress for different placements and setups in small towns.

One of the Parade of Progress Futurliners donated to the Michigan State Police was used as a “Safetyliner” display, educating the public about traffic safety and police department activities. After its time of service there came to an end, the Futurliner was driven to a junkyard, where it resided for a few years before ending up in Chicago, Illinois. In 1997, the Futurliner was imported to

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: WHERE ARE THEY NOW? The 12 Famous GM Parade of Progress Futurliners
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/where-are-they-now-the-12-famous-gm-parade-of-progress-futurliners/
Published Date: Wed, 22 May 2024 20:40:40 +0000

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MansBrand Unveils New Automotive Racing Section to Enhance Platform for Motor Enthusiasts

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MansBrand has announced they’re expanding their platform to include a dedicated section on automotive racing. This new area complements their existing content in men’s fashion, health, outdoor adventures, and grooming. The expanded platform aims to offer more comprehensive information and resources for automotive enthusiasts alongside its current categories.

MansBrand is known for offering a wide range of services and products for men. They provide fashion advice and trends to help men stay stylish, health news that covers physical and mental well-being, guidance for outdoor activities, and information on motor vehicles. The new automotive racing section will feature various aspects of the sport, including expert advice, product reviews, and the latest racing news.

This automotive racing section will give readers detailed comparisons and reviews of cars, motorcycles, and other vehicles. It will also include maintenance tips, safety advice, and recommendations on essential motor-related products and accessories. Readers can access comprehensive guides on the gear and equipment needed for both beginners and experienced racers.

Willis from MansBrand commented on the new addition: “Our new automotive racing section is a natural extension of what we already offer on the platform. We’ve observed that many of our users have a keen interest in motor vehicles and racing. By adding this section, we aim to meet the interests of our audience and provide them with valuable content and resources. We’re still focused on our core areas like fashion, health, and outdoor activities but now can offer more for those passionate about motorsports.”

MansBrand has always emphasized community interaction and engagement. The site features blogs where users can share experiences and tips on various topics, from fashion trends to essential grooming products. The new automotive racing section will follow the same approach, encouraging readers to discuss racing strategies, share personal experiences, and offer advice through blog posts and community forums.

The updated platform remains easy to navigate. It includes advanced search options and logically organized categories. Each product or piece of content comes with high-resolution images and detailed descriptions to help visitors make informed decisions about their style, health, outdoor activities, and now, automotive racing pursuits.

Adding automotive racing content doesn’t take away from MansBrand’s commitment to fashion. The site continues to offer a wide range of Mens Fashion items, including shirts, jeans, suits, jackets, and more. By keeping up with the latest trends, MansBrand ensures its users always have access to the best fashion advice. The platform regularly updates current trends and remains a go-to hub for all things related to men’s fashion.

In the health section, MansBrand provides information on various topics, including prostate health, heart disease, and mental well-being. It offers tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, provides resources for further research and treatment options, and promotes regular health check-ups and preventative care.

The outdoor and adventure category offers advice on hiking, camping, and other activities. It also includes product reviews and recommendations for outdoor gear and equipment, helping men enjoy their outdoor experiences to the fullest.

Willis further noted: “We’re excited about the positive feedback we’ve received from our users. They’ve found valuable insights and products across all sections of the site. The automotive racing section is something that many of our users were looking forward to, and it fits perfectly within our diverse range of offerings. We believe it will inspire more men to explore and engage with us.”

MansBrand is committed to continuous improvement and actively seeks and incorporates customer feedback. They aim to be a comprehensive hub for men looking to enhance various aspects of their lives, whether it’s through fashion, health advice, grooming tips, or now, automotive racing content.

By expanding their offerings, MansBrand hopes to encourage a proactive exchange of ideas and experiences. They aim to inspire men to embrace new fashion challenges, refine their style, and discover passions in automotive racing, outdoor adventure, and health-conscious living. The platform invites men from all walks of life to join its growing online community.

For a comprehensive experience, the Mens Fashion Website  also includes features that are easy to navigate. From advanced search capabilities to logically organized categories, every item is accompanied by high-resolution images and detailed descriptions.

For more details on the new automotive racing section and other categories, visit the official site.

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2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview

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The 29th annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, powered by O’Gara Coach, will bring a full day of free family fun to Beverly Hills on Sunday, June 16. This year’s Father’s Day car show will feature 100 rare and iconic vehicles, great food and plenty of entertainment. The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, which will take place between Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., is one of the area’s most beloved annual events. Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect to see on California’s most iconic street:

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This year’s event will host a special celebration of hypercars, supercars, race cars, classics and custom-built showstoppers. Provided by exclusive private collections, passionate car enthusiasts and even some of the world’s most recognized manufacturers, this has become one of the country’s preeminent luxury car shows.

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Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Chairman Bruce Meyer, Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman, Rodeo Drive Committee President Kay Monica Rose and renowned car buff Jay Leno will present trophies to 12 award-winning entrants—from “Most Elegant” to “Best in Show”—on the main stage starting at noon.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: 2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/2024-rodeo-drive-concours-delegance-preview/
Published Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2024 17:10:18 +0000

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Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more

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The latest café racers, flat trackers, and electric scooters.
We kick things off with a feel-good story of a botched Ducati 996 custom job, rescued by a talented garage builder. Then we look at a dazzling Yamaha SR500 flat tracker from 20-year-old Moritz Bree, a dustbin-faired Honda Dax from K-Speed, and a BMW CE 04 scooter from Deus ex Machina.

Ducati 996 café racer by Jaron Hall
Ducati 996 by Jaron Hall Most people would balk at the idea of customizing a Ducati 996, but Utah-based garage builder Jaron Hall’s work on this 996 is nothing short of noble. That’s because when Jaron got his hands on the 996, it was in dire need of saving.

The Ducati’s previous owner had tried to turn it into a scrambler, so it came to Jaron with no fairings, a hacked subframe, and a smorgasbord of sketchy parts. Working after hours (he has a marketing day job), and taking on the entire build solo, Jaron turned the mongrel 996 into a high-class Italian café racer.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-motorcycle-news-june-16-2024
Published Date: Sun, 16 Jun 2024 20:50:06 +0000

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