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Tulsa Auto Show’s Futurliner #10 To Stroll Through Tulsa

TULSA (April 10, 2018) – The Futurliner #10 – one of the main features of this year’s Tulsa International Auto Show – will be driving through the streets of Tulsa Thursday starting at 11:30 a.m.

Until this year, the Futurliner #10 last appeared in Oklahoma in the 1950’s as part of the General Motors Parade of Progress but will return for public display in Tulsa after being restored. The 101st anniversary of the Tulsa Auto Show is being held April 13-15 at the River Spirit Expo at Expo Square.

“It is one thing to see the Futurliner #10 in a photo or video, but seeing it in person is just incredible,” Bill Knight, president of Knight Automotive Group, said. “For anyone who hasn’t yet had an opportunity to see this wonder from decades ago, this is a great opportunity to come out and view it firsthand.”

The Futurliner #10 was one of 12 large dual-front wheeled display vehicles that crisscrossed the country in the early 1950’s, part of a General Motors promotion called the Parade of Progress. The GM Parade of Progress and its crew of about 60 young men carried futuristic and inspirational exhibits to millions of people across North America from 1936 through 1956.

The parade of Futurliners accompanied by GM’s newest cars for sale would pull into small towns just like the circus once did, set up at the fairgrounds or a park. This 1953 Futurliner, with 16-foot display doors on either side, was a perfect platform for static exhibits and live demonstrations of emerging technology of the future.

“We know the Futurliner #10 is a popular attraction but Oklahomans have been particularly excited about seeing it,” David Yarde said. “We really enjoy seeing the smiles on the faces of everyone who sees it up close and we encourage everyone to catch a glimpse while it is in Tulsa.”

The Futurliner has visited Tulsa twice before at the Tulsa Fairgrounds as part of the Parade of Progress – in 1941, prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, and again in 1955. With the increased popularity of television and other growing technologies, the Parade of Progress eventually retired and the Futurliners became a memory of the past. However, efforts were made to restore some of these 12 items of Americana, with Joe Bortz eventually donating the Futurliner #10 to the NATM. The remaining Futurliners remain in private ownership or sit unrestored.

“To be able to take the Futurliner #10 on a tour of Tulsa will be such a great opportunity for anyone who wants to get a preview of this year’s Tulsa Auto Show,” Tom Bloomfield, general manager with Don Thornton Automotive Group, said. “We want everyone to have a chance to see it in person before the show, and then get inside the Futurliner once it is parked and on display at the show.”

The Futurliner #10 will travel a route that begins Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at Expo Square at the Tulsa Fairgrounds, works its way through part of the city and then back to the Tulsa Auto Show location at the Tulsa Fairgrounds. The route itinerary is as follows:

11:30 a.m. – Futurliner #10 to leave the site of the Tulsa Auto Show at Expo Square

11:35 a.m. – Futurliner to drive past Utica Square

11:40 a.m. – Futurliner to pass Woodward Park at South Peoria Avenue

11:42 a.m. – Futurliner to continue tour past Veterans Park on South Boulder Avenue

11:43 a.m. – Tour will travel north on Main Street

11:50 a.m. – Futurliner to head west on 5th Street

11:51 a.m. – Traveling north on South Boulder Avenue, the Futurliner will pass the offices of The Tulsa World

12:00 p.m. – Futurliner gets back on the road by traveling north on South Boulder Avenue and then east on 3rd Street

12:01 p.m. – The tour will then take the Futurliner south on Main Street

12:02 p.m. – Futurliner will then travel west on 5th Street

12:03 p.m. – The second stop of the tour will take place at the Mayo Hotel, where the Parade of Progress staff stayed on its 1955 visit to Tulsa

12:15 p.m.  – Futurliner to hit the road once again, this time traveling south on Cheyenne Avenue, then west on 11th Street, and then south on Boulder Avenue

12:20 p.m. – The Futurliner #10 will begin its return to Expo Square by traveling east on 21st Street

The Tulsa Auto Show is one of the largest consumer shows in Oklahoma and will feature a variety of entertaining activities for adults and kids. In addition to the Futurliner #10, the 101st anniversary event will include dozens of automobiles from the re-creation of the 1950’s Tulsa Auto Shows; the 18-Hole Mini-Golf Course Experience with proceeds benefitting the Crossover Community Impact; antique cars from the 1920’s and 30’s; the opportunity to test drive 12 cars and trucks from Toyota and Chevrolet; a “Caffeine and Gasoline” event; and lots and lots of 2018 and 2019 new cars and trucks from 25 automobile brands.

Those interested in purchasing tickets are encouraged to go to www.thetulsaautoshow.com for additional information. Buy one get one free coupons are also available at QuikTrip.

Among the 25 automaker brands participating in the show are Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Chevrolet, GMC, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Porsche, Ram, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.

The Tulsa Auto Show is sponsored by the Tulsa Automobile Dealers Association and print partner The Tulsa World.

The Tulsa Automobile Dealers Association is a non-profit organization that exists to serve and promote the franchised new motor vehicle dealers of metro Tulsa and is the owner of the Tulsa Auto Show.