This presentation focused on the marvels of
science and how they would affect our lives in the future. The demonstration incorporated
a model jet plane that would streak across the stage in a fraction of a second
depicting the speed at which we would travel.
Chemicals were poured into a pop bottle and 90 seconds later would jump
out as synthetic rubber. In yet another foretelling of the future a small "rocket
shop" would take to the heavens, depicting the yet unknown of scientific research in
At this display the
individual was given the opportunity to "feel" the difference with power
steering and how hydraulics make driving easier.
These of course were an exhibit unto
themselves. They were built especially for the Parade and carried its animated exhibits.
Their 16-food side panels fold out to form marquees and stage platforms. Lighting towers
rise up from their tops and they have their own public address systems.
POWER FOR THE AIR AGE
A full size cutaway Allison jet engine sets upon the stage of a
Futurliner and a lecturer explained its parts and the theory behind jet propulsion.
OUT OF THE MUDDLE
This display focused its attention on highway needs.
"Muddle", loosely translated, means "mess." Development of this
exhibit followed by little more than a year, GMs Better Highway Awards contest in
which the company offered cash prizes for the best essays on highway problems submitted in
a nationwide competition. GM staff spent 18 months consulting with traffic engineers and
developing the display. They built a model consisting of more than 1,000 buildings and an
estimated 1,500 plastic cars and trucks along with countless trees and other fixtures. A
complicated electrical system with 25 motors operates the display automatically, causing
the cars and trucks to move, buildings to appear and disappear and traffic lights to
The exhibit consisted of two displays on a 16-foot-wide panel, one on
each side of the Futurliner where they could be viewed by crowds outside the vehicle.
Pre-recorded commentaries explain what was happening.
How It Worked On one side of the Futurliner
(Out of The Muddle Part I) a community is portrayed, choked by traffic congestion. Its
causes and suggested remedies are explained. The "community" is turned upside
down by means of panels which revolve to show how expressways and by-passes and can solve
traffic problems. On the other side of the Futurliner (Out of the Muddle Part II) a
similar portrayal of traffic problems is presented plus a cross a cross section of a
"dream" city of the future with underground thoroughfares and other improvements.
The displays ran continuously and lasted about 3 or four minutes.
This animated display
provided the "inside story" of these relatively new devices.
This was a modernistic looking structure
with a 46-foot tower and served as an information center with exhibits.
ALL-AMERICAN SOAP BOX DERBY
This display appealed to the appealed to
minors. On display was a racer that won one of the greatest of boys classics along
with pictures of "Derby Day" in Akron, Ohio.
Information was provided via "request
cards" which could be mailed to GM requesting the educational booklets on display.
MIRACLES OF HEAT AND COLD
This was a two-part lecture demonstrating
how heat and cold serve us in our homes and daily lives.
OUR AMERICAN CROSSROADS
This animated display changed every 10
minutes to show how communities would change in the future as a result of the automobile.
DIESEL POWER PARADE
The subject was a two-cycle high-speed
diesel engine and its uses.
WORLD OF SCIENCE
The lecturer explains friction in the atmospheric ocean that we live
ENERGY AND MAN
A lecturer shows how man may harness energy from the sun in the
This hands on display allow the visitor to push the buttons and
learn how high compression engines and better fuels boost car efficiency.
OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUTH
This exhibited provided an opportunity to win model cars from the
Fisher Body Craftsmans Guild.
VERSATILE METAL POWDER
The lecturer explains how parts are made from this materials and how
it helps speed production.
POWER FOR THE NATIONS
For the train lover, this display was
synchronized with voice and action of the Diesels on the rails. The lecturer also covered
the economic implications that modern railways would have on the future of our country.