The Classic Auto Show and Cruise-In is the largest and most successful classic auto show and cruise-in held in Ohio. The event raises vitally needed funds for the Arthritis Foundation's research and support programs.
More than 2.6 million Ohioans have arthritis, including 11,500 children. Your attendance at the 35th Annual Classic Auto show & Cruise-In will support the foundation's mission to conquer and cure arthritis.
VINTAGE LUXURY AUTOMOBILE TENT
Featured Vehicle: 1930 Lasalle Convertible Roadster; Owner: Sutphen Automotive & Fire Engine Museum
Lasalle was a brand of automobiles manufactured and marketed by General Motors Cadillac division from 1927 through 1940. Alfred P. Sloan developed the concept for Lasalle as a companion marque for Cadillac. The cars were priced lower than Cadillac branded automobiles and were marketed as the second-most prestigious marque in the General Motors portfolio.
The Lasalle was conveived by famous designer Harley Earl, not as junior Cadillac, but as something more agile and stylish. Influenced by the rakish Hispano-Suiza roadsters of the time, Earl's Lasalle emerged as a smaller, yet elegant counterpoint to Cadillac's larger cars, unlike anything else built by an American automotive manufacture.
This Roadster is powered by Cadillac's "ninety Degree V-8", making the car fast, while its smaller size makes it sportier and more agile. The body was built by Fleetwood and features a convertible top, rumble seat and golf bag compartment.
Other cars on display include:
The Futurliner was so popular, that it will be back again at the Classic Auto Show in 2017.
1940-1952 FIRST GENERATION FUTURLINERS
In 1940, 12 first-generation Futurliners were built to replace the original eight Streamliners. The Futurliner caravan consisted of 24 trucks, 11 passenger cars and three station wagons. The old Streamliner caravan consisted of 25 trucks and 19 different passenger car-units.
The early show had five major exhibits, while the latter had 15, plus two Army trucks which formed part of the Defense Exhibit. The most spectacular of the new pieces of equipment was the Aer-O-Dome tent. It seated 1,500 people and was built like an inverted umbrella with ribs exposed.
In 1946, after a WWII hiatus, several of the Futurliners were in a Detroit parade to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the invention of the automobile.
Owners: Peter & Debbie Stephens Dublin, Ohio; Photo Credit: Rob & Katie Eberst
The Baby Reo is the world’s first fully functional miniature car ever built. It is an exact, working one-quarter scale replica of the full-sized Mama REO:
Baby REO was built in 1905 as a marketing and promotional event for the 1906 model year. It cost more than $3,000 to build or more than double the cost of the Mama REO, which is a full sized REO Model A, 5 passenger Light Touring Car.
The car was first unveiled in January, 1906 at the National Auto Show in New York’s Grand Central Palace. It subsequently made a cross country tour visiting dealers showrooms, fairs, conventions and other auto shows. The car received critical acclaim and enthusiastic reviews wherever it went.
Baby REO was modified in 1907 and 1908 to reflect the current year’s model changes.
Baby REO was used by REO Motor Car Company for promotions until 1911 when the 2 cylinder touring car (Mama’s style) was phased out.
The car was then leased to Barnum & Bailey & Ringling Brothers Circus and was used for promotional activities and circus acts. The engine was modified, due to fire concerns with the highly flammable big top tents, to run on compressed air.
Baby REO served as the transport for the celebrated midget, Tiny Tim, at the Ringling Brothers circus. The car also appeared with The Lilliputians and their 40” tall star, and George “The Welsh Giant” Augar (height 7’7”) and “Jumbo” the elephant. Baby REO was used for 30 years as an exhibit for fairs and conventions but was “lost” in 1936.
In anticipation of REO’s 50th anniversary, the company started a nationwide search for Baby REO. It was found in 1954 in Altoona, PA in a REO truck dealers collection. It was returned to Lansing, MI for the first time in nearly 50 years where it was placed on temporary display.
Baby REO went on another national tour for REO’s 50th anniversary, then went to Henry Austin Clark’s museum. After appearing with James Melton, noted opera star of the day, it went to Vicksburg, MS where it was displayed in the office lobby of REO Truck Company’s largest shareholder.
Baby REO was then lost again until the 1980’s!
In the 1980’s, Dick Teague, noted car designer, searched and found Baby REO in Mississippi and repurchased it for $3,000 (same as it’s original cost) plus $50 for dinner for the family that had been promised the car. The later model year modifications to Baby REO were undone and the car put back into its original 1906 condition including restoring the engine to run on gasoline.
The cars permanently reside in the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum in Lansing, Michigan. Car Collector Magazine rated the museum “one of the ten best automobile museums in the United States”.
1910 BUICK BUG
For the first time ever, at the Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show, in conjunction with the Buick Great Lakes Regional presented by the Buick Heritage Alliance, the Sloan Museum will be displaying the Buick Bug.
Created in just three weeks, the revolutionary Buick Bug race car was designated as a Model 60. Packing a 622 cubic inch engine, the 2,600-pound Bug featured an aerodynamically shaped aluminum body, with streamlining even influencing the aluminum discs that cover the spoke wheels. Built as a single-seater, the Bug was the first race car to locate the driver in the center of the body both laterally and longitudinally.
The principal drivers of the dominant factory Buick racing team was Louis Chevrolet and 'Wild Bob' Burman, whose car this is reputed to be. On March 30, 1911, near Jacksonville, FL, Burman drove the Bug to a speed record for a race of more than 10 miles. The NY Times reported that Burman and the Bug won the 20-mile Open Free-For-All event at the Atlantic-Pablo Beach Automobile Race Meeting at an average speed of 91.06 mph.