Pictured at a “get acquainted” dinner for leaders of regional associations were (from left) Ed White, Barbara Pastelak, L&C editor Scott Fletcher, Larry LeCompte, Ty Bobit, Frank DiGiacomo, and Alan Fisher.
Mother Nature smiled on the Limousine & Chauffeur Show in Atlantic City on February 3-5, 1987. Snow storms blocked roadways into Atlantic City a few days before the show, and more snow blanketed much of the East Coast after the show. Sunny skies and pleasant temperatures, however, greeted the more than 2,000 people who filled the Atlantic City Convention Center to see the latest offerings from coachbuilders and suppliers.
Ninety-three limousines and luxury coaches were displayed at the show. Cadillac and Lincoln limousines were both well represented on the exhibit floor. The Lincoln/Mercury division offered a look at the 1988 Lincoln Town Car. The Cadillac Division displayed its Presidential model limousines, a non-armored version of a vehicle currently being used by President Reagan.
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Reflecting a recent industry trend toward longer limousines, most of the limousines in the show featured stretch lengths of 50 to 60 inches. A number of coach builders also displayed limousines sporting extended passenger doors. Tandem rear axles, overhead control panels, removable consoles, and wide bodies were among the many other items of interest.
Ralph Nader highlighted the well-attended three-day program of conference sessions. Nader focused critical comments on the insurance industry and discussed the need for organization within the limousine industry in confronting supplier and operating problems.
Other conference speakers addressed marketing, advertising, communications, airport regulations, and insurance. An operator panel discussion concluded the conference program and provided an opportunity for attendees to get direct answers to a variety of questions and problems. All of the conference sessions were professionally recorded and made available on cassette tapes.