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					                                                                                                                                                November, 2007
                                       t r a n sp ort: chauffe ur s e r v i ce s – w hat i s the f uture

limo, limo, limo…

If  you need to travel, you will certainly enjoy the luxury of riding
    in a limousine. Historically speaking, the definition of a lim-
ousine is a stretch luxury car that is driven by a chauffeur. The
                                                                                                      Limousines were based on a stretched-out version of big se-
                                                                                                   dans. A sedan has two rows of seats and room for rear passen-
                                                                                                   gers. Early limousines were crafted so that the passenger seats
French Limousin region gave us the term, and it was developed                                      faced forward, as was usual, but offered a much greater amount
from hoods that people from the area wore, which reminded the                                      of leg room. Two other seats were put in behind the driver’s seat
linguists of the profile of a car. Limousines are also character-                                  that faced the rear of the passenger compartment, so that sev-
ized by a sliding glass window between the passenger area in                                       eral passengers could be seated in the rear and have a face-
the rear of the vehicle and the driver area in the front. This is                                  to-face conversation, although the seats behind the driver could
so that passengers may converse privately without the driver                                       be folded up as necessary.
overhearing.                                                                                          Another early model of limousine was based on a horse-
                                                                                                   drawn stagecoach, which was also used for carrying multiple
 WOrlds lOngEst lIMOusInE                                                                          passengers. It combines aspects of a bus with those from a
 	 Limousines	are	all	about	being	noticed	and	that	is	certainly	what	Jay	Ohrberg	
   of	 Burbank	 California	 gets	 in	 his	 100	 foot	 limo.	 Jay	 designed	 his	 monster	
                                                                                                   sedan. Limousines typically have many side doors in order to
   limo	 himself	 and	 now	 hires	 it	 out	 through	 his	 car	 hire	 company.	 The	 limo	          reach the rear seats. Station wagons also influenced the pro-
   has	 26	 wheels	 and	 can	 be	 driven	 rigidly	 or	 adjusted	 to	 bend	 in	 the	 middle	        gression of the limousine in history, as another way of improving
   around	corners.	This	incredible	car	is	currently	in	the	Guinness	Book	of	World	
   Records	as	the	longest	car	in	the	world	and	even	has	two	driver’s	compart-                      limousine transportation. The station wagon offered a roof rack,
   ments	–	one	at	each	end	–	to	help	with	reversing.	The	longest	car	in	the	world	                 which was used to carry baggage, and early limousines of this
   is	better	equipped	than	many	Hollywood	mansions,	including	luxuries	like	a	
   large	Jacuzzi	tub,	a	sun	deck,	a	helipad,	a	swimming	pool	(with	a	diving	board	
                                                                                                   type were used in parks, in order to transport visitors from a
   of	course),	a	king	sized	bed	and	a	satellite	dish,	just	to	name	a	few.	While	the	               train station into the park itself.
   limo	isn’t	actually	street	legal,	it	is	mainly	hired	out	for	exhibitions	and	to	be	
   used	in	movies.	Could	you	imagine	a	100	foot	limo	driving	around	your	neigh-                       Through time the limos have evolved based on the model
   borhood?	Only	in	America!                                                                       of car used. Hummers now can come in stretch limousine ver-                                                                              sions, for example, and are in essence a souped-up version of

                                                                                                                                    November, 2007
                             t r a n sp ort: chauffe ur s e r v i ce s – w hat i s the f uture
the early stagecoach model. The U. S. President rides in a Ca-             dEfInItIOn Of lIMOusInE
dillac DeVille touring sedan that was specially made for him.              	 A	large	passenger	vehicle,	especially	luxurious,	driven	by	a	chauffeur,	usually	
   One reason why discerning individuals choose limo service                 with	a	partition	separating	the	passengers	from	the	driver;	or	simply,	a	large	
                                                                             automobile	driven	by	a	chauffeur.
is for traveling to airports in style, funerals, weddings or birth-
days, and proms. City tours are very comfortable when done in
a limousine, as is traveling to and from shopping destinations.
Special events provide a great reason to choose limousine ser-
vices, and might include a night of clubbing, attending holiday
parties, or a special evening of enjoying holiday light tours. No
matter what your special transportation need might be, there is
a limousine ready and waiting for your use.

By Jonathan Blocker


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