Downie Chevy Article 10-29-1927
CHEVROLET'S USED BY ENTIRE CIRCUS Downie Bros. Wild Animal Show Uses Seventy-Five Trucks j methods of transportation during his When the circus comes to town—if it happens to be Downie Bros. Wild Animal Circus—it comes by Chevrolets. Seventy-five of them—sturdy one-ton trucks—make up the train that transports this entire show, wild animals and all, from the time in early spring it leaves its winter quarters at Ilarve de Grace, Md., until it returns there late in Autumn. Andrew Downie, head of the show, fixed on Chevrolets after trying oiher 42 years in the show business. He experimented with horses and wagons, canal barges, steam tractors hitched to trailers, mo*tor trucks and railway circus trains. Now7 the 75 Chevrolets carry the entire show, consisting of 200 clowns, musicians, tight-rope walkers and other employees, as well as lions, tigers, the “big top,” side shows and complete equipment everywhere on the circuit from inaccessible mountain hamlets to seaside towns. One truck used by General Manager Harron as a summer home provides him with a residence en route. Another carries a complete electric lighting plant. I^ast year the circus caravan traveled 7,000 miles over roads of every sort, up mountain trails and dragging it and out of muddy circus lots. Not one spring was broken and no trouble was experienced with rear ends, or gears, or clutches, according to statement by the chief mechanic, despite the grueling iest that each truck underwent and despite the fact that each truck carried an average load of more than 4,000 pounds. Dependability, Mr. Downie explained, was the big thing that decided nim in favor of Chevrolets. His advance guard draws up a traveling schedule which he must adhere rigidly to. His trucks may not break down en route lest he disappoint the youngsters in the next town keyed up for the big parade. Another factor favoring Chevrolets, he says, is the ease and convenience with which new parts or service may be obtained even in remote country districts. His is said to be the largest motor circus in the world.