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Offline Paul Ayres #5640

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1926 Cadillac Phaeton in the Rose Bowl Parade
« on: January 01, 2009, 12:15:57 PM »
Does anyone have the story on the 1926 Cadillac on the insurance company float in the Rose Bowl Parade today?  Is is owned by a CLC Member?  Paul Ayres #5640

Offline Vince Taliano #13852

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Re: 1926 Cadillac Phaeton in the Rose Bowl Parade
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2009, 08:15:39 PM »


1925 Cadillac - first car insured by Farmers

http://jdonalds.smugmug.com/gallery/6972202_VmXqR/1/446265951_VXpmX#446265951_VXpmX

Tournament of Roses Parade float features rare 1925 Cadillac
by  Richard Davis   
December 31, 2008


Farmers Rose Parade float to feature rare Cadillac Phaeton

This year our Tournament of Roses Parade float will have a very special rider, a rare 1925 Cadillac Phaeton. The car is the exact make and model of the first car Farmers insured when we opened our doors more than 80 years ago. So how do you load a rare 5,200 pound car onto a float made of plywood and Styrofoam? Very carefully.

The journey began on Dec.10, when the Cadillac Phaeton was gingerly loaded into a special car-carrier and transported from its Home Office lair to the Rose parade float construction site in Pasadena. The car was then driven onto a flatbed truck, which was delicately backed up so the Cadillac could be driven at a glacial pace onto "Family Outing," the 75-foot float, which depicts a countryside setting complete with Tudor house, watermill, stream and two small boats. 

Behind the Phaeton's polished wooden steering wheel sat a courageous Larry French, fleet operations coordinator, who was assisted by about a dozen float "engineers" through the two-hours of nail-biting, prayers and slow-motion driving.   

This year marks our 50th year of participating in the parade, which has grown through the years to become an important holiday event, viewed on TV by thousands in the U.S. and throughout the world.  To celebrate this important milestone, we are extending our role and presence and Rose Parade events. We have also been selected to be the Official Supporter of Rose Parade Bands.

Farmers and the Rose Parade — 50 years strong
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Offline Vince Taliano #13852

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Re: 1926 Cadillac Phaeton in the Rose Bowl Parade
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2009, 08:21:06 PM »
Another Cadillac Parade car



..."Yes, the biggest star gets the biggest car, a 1929 Cadillac. The regular Disney Stars & Motor Cars parade ends with Mickey and Minnie Mouse in the grand Cadillac. During the Christmas season, Santa Claus is a bigger star than Mickey, so Santa gets the Cadillac."

Vince Taliano
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