How many people can remember back to 1965,1966, or 1967. I have something on my mind and I cannot find anything about on what's on my mind. Google has been absolutely useless. I was not driving yet, so it was probably June-July 1965, or June or July 1966. In August 1966 I got my drive's license.
I think it was 1965. In a mall parking lot about two blocks from me, Chevrolet sent up a tent. Its was one of those blow up tents. It was a dome tent. It was called Chevy Show. It was either red and white stripes or orange and white stripes.
The show was free and lasted about 20 minutes. Since it was free I attended the show many times.
You walked inside the tent in an area I will call the lobby. There were several items on display. The one I remember was an articulated Corvair engine
( You all remember the Corvair---before Ralph Nader? ). You could see all of the internal parts to this engine moving as an electric motor made the internal parts move.
The rest of the show was behind a curtain. Cross through the curtain and you were greeted with 40 or 50 portable chairs. The floor was the asphalt of the parking lot. Up front and center was a white cone that was about 10-15 feet in diameter. The conical shape was not centered; It was offset.
This cone was a movie screen. The lights were turned down and the movie started. What was so cool about this movie set up was that you could "feel" it. There were several scenes that were shown.
I don't remember all of the scenes but I can talk about 3 of them.
1) There were two Corvettes blasting at high speed down the concrete highway that had be to GM's proving grounds. We, the audience, were "riding" in the chase vehicle behind the two Vettes. All of a sudden the Vettes hit a low spot in the road and you could see the the suspension working. And then we crossed over the low spot. At that moment I was pushed down into my chair. It was an involuntary movement. The Vettes hit the bump and we hit the bump and were pushed into our chairs. Very strange feeling. Very cool feeling.
2) The next scene was in Cypress Gardens in Florida. We are in a power boat that is chasing some professional water skiers. The skiers were doing what pro skiers do when they are putting on a show. One of the skiers is attached to a kite and goes airborne. And then the next thing we know, we are in the air riding that kite. It was a real cool feeling, to be airborne, but your shoes are still on the asphalt.
3) Now we are flying along at the Rainbow Bridge in Utah. And then we fly under this rock bridge. It was cool to be making that flight. That is all I can remember about it.
The only thing I have been able to find about this Chevy Show are pics of these two tractor-trailer rigs moving down the highway.
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It was such a cool show that it has stayed with me all of these years. As noted, it was free. I was a kid with no money. The movie was way cool so I would go out the exit and go back in front and get in line again. And again and...
Does anybody else remember this Chevy Show I am talking about?