This 1998 Reynard 98i tells the story of one day Sunday, Nov. 1st, 1998. That day, at the Marlboro 500, racing legend Bobby Rahal lined up on the starting grid of a professional race for the final time. After two decades behind the wheel he would be moving on to full-time team management duties. Though he finished 11th, one would think he had crossed the line first based on the cheers and accolades given to him by the crowd and by fellow drivers.
The bodywork is ‘shrink-wrapped’ as tightly as possible over the mechanical hard points of the car and the cockpit sits right at the centre. This approach helps to reduce frontal surface area, but also makes it easier to manage airflow over the surface of the bodywork and into the engine’s roof snorkel intake and to the active aero components. It looks awesome, and it works very efficiently.
Today, we honor those brave, honorable, selfless men and women who have honored our country with its highest form of service.
In 1952 Chrysler supplied custom-built Parade Phaetons to New York, Los Angeles and The White House for transporting dignitaries in parades and other special events. Chrysler built three of these grand Phaetons – two went, to the cities of New York and Los Angeles, and the remaining car – this car – was garaged in Detroit and “loaned” to the White House whenever President Dwight D. Eisenhower needed to use it.
From Presidents Nixon, Kennedy, Ford, and Eisenhower to astronauts from the Apollo missions – all could be seen riding in these parade phaetons.
Take a “behind the scenes” tour of some of the most unique cars in the collection that are not on display in the museum galleries. The Vault is home to cars representing over 100 years of automotive history, some of which have rarely been seen by the public. A docent will guide you through the Vault while sharing stories about a selection of the cars in our diverse collection.
During the three-day journey, the family had to overcome both emotional and mechanical break downs as they pulled together in order to get to their destination on time.
After filming, the bus was used for promotional events before being donated to the Petersen Automotive Museum.