Emil Hess & Charles Eisenhardt entered the limousine business as office boys with a company called Sayers & Scovill, which was founded in 1876. By the 1930’s, the two men had purchased the company, renamed it Hess & Eisenhardt, and built custom vehicles for such clients as Carol Lombard and Harry Truman. Today, the Ohio-based Hess & Eisenhardt is the limousine industry’s oldest manufacturer.
A special event for the children of soldiers in the Middle East organized by Jon Chester of Limousines by Linda in San Diego attracted a swarm of publicity. A police escort, Shamu the whale, and a letter from President Bush highlighted the festivities.
In many parts of the country, the emphasis is on shifting industry regulation from local to state levels. In Washington State, regulatory control of the limousine industry was removed from municipalities and given to the state’s Utilities and Transportation Committee.
The eighty-fifth anniversary of the Cadillac limousine was marked in 1991. Carey Limousine reached its seventieth anniversary, and Don Dailey celebrated his twentieth anniversary as Carey’s president. Dav-EI Livery observed its twentieth year since being founded by David Klein. The National Limousine Association marked its sixth birthday, and Limousine & Chauffeur Magazine turned eight.
The first year of the new decade, may well become known as “The Year of Limousine Crash Testing.” Three stretches were sacrificed at the feet of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. But a lot more happened… Associations made headway in a variety of regional issues... Coachbuilding companies started, stopped, and changed hands... And a few individuals stood out from the crowd for unique contributions to the industry. Here is a very brief look at some of the notable people and events.