2nd Annual
NATMUS
TOUR TO ZEELAND, MI
GM Futurliner Restoration Project
National Automotive and Truck Museum of the United States

    Over 50 people met on Saturday May 12, 2001 to observe the progress of the Futurliner Restoration project.  Bill Bicknell pointed out an interesting fact. Back in 1953 the first showing of the Parade of Progress after World War II occurred on May 12, 1953 exactly 48 years ago.
    Mike Ball had his portable display set up for all to view. In addition, he set up the slide projector and many took the time to go through slides taken in the 1950's of the Parade of Progress as well as the Futurliners. These slides came from the PARADERS.
    Almost all of our volunteers that work on the Futurliner were present. In fact, to show the dedication of our volunteers Wally and Audrey Snow were present as well as celebrating their 29th wedding anniversary. Congratulations Wally and Audrey.
    John Weller, his wife and son were present. Weller Truck has restored most of the major running gear on the Futurliner including axles, brakes, differential etc. A big thank you to John and his company.
    We also want to thank the folks from NATMUS that made cash donations at the work site for the Futurliner Restoration project.

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The NATMUS folks arrived by charter bus and the volunteers showed up in their automobiles, some driving their antique cars.


Joel Dirnberger came from Monicello, Minnesota and brought along the 1:24 scale Futurliner model that he is working on. He has the body done and continues to work on all the attachments. It looks great.


    After reviewing the work progress everyone headed for Jerry's Country Inn for lunch. Afterwards we had a short program. Linda DeVries had made as a donation to our project of a leaded stained glass Futurliner. Ed DeVries volunteered to auction off this donation to raise funds for the project. Ed managed to raise $700 for the leaded stained glass Futurliner. GREAT JOB ED! I think we will have Ed be our auctioneer at the next AACA and BCA meeting.
    We also want to thank TONY BECKER for making the high bid.

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