1936-'40 Parade of Progress
GM Futurliner Restoration Project
National Automotive and Truck Museum of the United States

'33 World's Fair

1936 Parade
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Power Plant
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News Clip
C.S. Mott
On Tour

1938 Previews
1941 Parade
1953 Parade
1954 Parade

Appreciation Letters


In-Line Six
Other Futurliners
Oral Roberts Cathedral Cruiser

Photos supplied by Bernard A. Zink

1936 Newspaper Clipping

Motorcade sections are unique in the automotive field. They measure 33 feet from bumper to bumper and need underpass clearance of over 12 feet. Said to be among the largest cab-over-engine jobs on the road, they were built in the Fleetwood Fisher Body plant in Detroit, where custom bodies are turned out for Cadillac. The spacious interiors of the cabs, finished in bright red leather, are of cubic measurement equal to most passenger cars.

    Parade of Progress visitors viewing the Diesel power plant on Obelisk square, World War Memorial Plaza. One of the most popular exhibits is the trailer-housed engine which generates electricity for lighting the exhibition halls and stage, and operating all the machines.

  Line forms on the right! From 7 o-clock until after 10 last night long lines of persons waited to see the General Motors exhibit. At thirty-minute intervals a scientific stage performance was given.
    About eleven thousand five hundred persons attended the General Motors Parade of Progress Exposition yesterday in Obelisk square of the World War Memorial Plaza, exposition executives estimated last night.
   "Rain forced us to close for five hours during the day," said J. M. Jerpe, exposition director, "which accounts for an attendance figure below that of Thursday. Many schools canceled scheduled visits because of the rain. About three thousand school children were present during the day."
    Record crowds are expected today and tomorrow, should weather conditions be favorable. Admission to all attractions on the exposition grounds is free of all charge.

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