Posted 22 October 2003 - 03:57 PM
Maybe former Escorter driver Larry Leif can shed some light on this.
Also, regarding the musical horns on the Escorters. Did they just play the 3 note "Go Greyhound" or the whole jungle including the "and leave the driving to us" or something more ?
Posted 23 October 2003 - 12:28 AM
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Posted 23 October 2003 - 06:39 AM
You're kidding. The 1976 Bi-Centennial! Please get in touch with me. That whole celebration in NY was a blast. Love to hear from you.
Posted 23 October 2003 - 06:44 AM
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Posted 23 October 2003 - 11:56 AM
The Escorters also sported a plaque on the dash, behind the steering column, which stated "Manufactured by Kalamazoo Manufacturing Co. for Greyhound at the World's Fair 1964-1965". This plaque also contained the Serial and Engine numbers.
Unfortunately, Kalamazoo ceased operation in the mid 1980's after over 100 years in business. Their primary interest was the manufacture of railroad and off-road utility vehicles. Because of this, there is very little information available as to how many were made and was hoping that someone here might have some information on the subject.
Posted 23 October 2003 - 12:53 PM
In Fair News, Vol.2 No.4, Greyhound unveiled the Glide-a-Ride, "designed and manufactured by Clark Equipment Co., Battle Creek, Mich."
Or are you talking about the Escorter only?
Posted 23 October 2003 - 02:33 PM
While there is much similarity between the two, there does not appear to be any markings on the Glide-a-Rides similar to those on the Escorters that would indicate that they were made by the same company.
Posted 23 October 2003 - 03:25 PM
Did I miss your introduction? If so, sorry, and welcome to the group! How did you know about the Kalamazoo connection?
Posted 23 October 2003 - 10:41 PM
" ... Greyhound had 160 Escorter Taxis made ..."
I don't know how accurate this info is.
Posted 24 October 2003 - 02:19 AM
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Posted 24 October 2003 - 02:41 PM
I read elsewhere on this site that the original musical horns were removed from the Escorters while still in use at the fair, as they would get stuck when wet and became very annoying. A complete restoration should include the horn, if not an original (which probably no longer exist) at least one that plays the same tune. Perhaps Ray in Pasadena can direct me to where I might obtain a copy of the Vault II recording of the original horn.
I did not attend the fair, so there is no way for me to judge how many Escorters might have been crawling around, but itís hard to believe that there would have been 160 of them. How about someone who was there ? Does that number seem unreasonable ?
Posted 24 October 2003 - 03:28 PM
I assumed that none of the Escorters survived in original form, except as vague rumors. How about some gritty details? And some photos, maybe? What say?
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