Watch this video as Don narrates the story behind this vintage bus restoration.
For Don Mayton, a former General Motor plant manager and lead person of the restoration project for GM’s Futurliner #10, seven years (1998-2005) of self-less labor with only 30 volunteers is a journey that he will never trade for anything else. The 33-foot-long, 15-ton vehicle was GM’s pride and star of what they dubbed as “Parade of Progress” – a travelling showcase of some of GM’s technological advances during the 1950s until it was put into halt due to WWII. Futurliner #10 is one of only twelve vehicles of such kind manufactured by GM.
Don shared an unforgettable experience during one of the Futurliner’s exhibit in Canada. “We were in one of our show in Canada, and of the ladies observed a man walking up, stopping, looking and shaking his head. Walking away, he did it three times in about four hours. Finally, the lady got up and had enough nerve to ask the man, ‘what are you doing?’ And he said, ‘I’m trying to figure out where I saw this’. Finally, the light came on to him and he remembered as a little kid, his Dad brought him to one of those Parade of Progress”, Don says as he brushes a tear. Such shared connections brought about by the Futurliner were sadly forgotten in light of the advent of technological advances such that of the television. Don laments that most Americans have forgotten the joy of going outdoors to develop a deep connection with each another. For a long time, families were contended in sitting idly and staring blankly in front of the tube. The memories evoked by the Futurliner #10’s restoration is enough encouragement for him to press on, knowing what they embarked on served a higher purpose.