- Location | 9961 Central Ave, Carlisle, OH 45005, USA
- Lat/Long | 39°35'19.17"N 84°20'17.02"W
- Previous Location | Dayton Wright Brothers Airport (One Unit)
- Image By Matt Allouf | 122918
- Google Street View | August 2011
- Latest Confirmation | 072119
Information Update History
We came across some cool video footage and some great photos of these units recently; unfortunately they clearly illustrate the fact that time is taking its toll on this pair of Futuros with their condition definitely in decline. The video
was posted to Youtube 081819 by talksmart
081819. The photos
were posted to Instagram the same day by thevampirechronicles
These great photos of this pair of Futuros were posted to Flickr recently by Matt Allouf
; they provide an excellent recent look at the units and their condition. Thanks for sharing them Matt!
There is a photo
of these Futuros and a DeLorean a little further down the page. We recently came across this photo by hotrodshopinbfe
which continues that same theme but with a very different style of vehicle. The original photo can be found on Instagram here
An email we received recently from Allison Gibbs added a little additional information about the history of these units. Allison wrote that the Futuros:
"... were owned by the Martz family, long time residents and business owners. From what I understand, the first one to be installed was (previously) at the Wright Brother's Airport in Springboro, OH. It was delivered by a flatbed, super-wide semi. The second, from the stories I've been told, used to be a doughnut shop somewhere. It was put in place with an aerial drop by helicopter. Quite the to-do in a small, suburban farm town, circa early 1980's."
This confirms earlier information about the previous location of one of the Futuros but also adds new information regarding the second unit having previously served as a doughnut shop. Also interesting, and new, is the information that the second unit was flown into Carlisle by helicopter.
Thanks for the information Allison.
We received an email this past week with a little history on one of these two Futuros from Tom; thanks for the information Tom. Tom tells us that:
"One of these Futuros was originally installed at Dayton Wright Brothers Airport. It was there for several years in the 1970's, but was then moved to the current location that you show. I do not recall when the second Futuro was added nor where it came from. It has been there in the configuration shown in your photo for many years, at least 15 years.
So far we have been unable to find any additional information about or photographs of the Futuro at the Dayton Wright Brothers Airport. As always if you can add anything be it history, personal recollections or photographs please let us know
We did recently come across this nice photo of these "twins" as they appeared 111914 wearing their "winter coat". The photo was taken by army.arch *Adam*
and is displayed here with Adam's permission; thanks Adam. The original photo can be found on Flickr
In 2013 the Royce City Futuro
was the subject of an April Fool's joke on PlanetRockwall.com
; one year later in 2014 the Carlisle Futuros were similarly used in an April 1st article on Cincinnati.com
In the article (which now includes an update indicating the article was a marketing ploy by MetroParks of Butler County
that took advantage of the April Fool's tradition) we read that:
"Butler County park rangers are investigating after a passing motorist reported strange phenomena at the park (Voice of America Park) Thursday morning. The man ... told park officials he observed an "odd-shaped piece of construction equipment" ... he observed several workers with the vehicle, but as he approached, the workers "scrambled" into the vehicle, which then began to make an "odd humming/vibrating sound" and "disappeared completely," ... The man provided a photograph he said he took of the object with his mobile phone ...
The photograph was of course a photograph of this pair of Futuros. I wonder which Futuro will be so used next year?
visited the Carlisle "twins" 032213 and captured this great close-up shot. The photo is displayed here with permission.
We came across this photo by Jeremy Popp on DMCTalk.org
; the photo is undated.
There is something of a parallel between the DeLorean
and the Futuro; both could be said to be "futuristic" at the time they came out (and arguably still so today) and both ultimately failed in the "mass" commercial sense but subsequently achieved something akin to "cult" status. We often find the "green eyed monster" stalking us when thinking Futuro and Jeremy Popp and his Delorean seem to give rise to a similar feeling.
Seems like the Futuro and the DeLorean just go together like "peas in a pod".
Other than the video by ZX2ManDave and the photo links below along with a few other photos out there we cannot seem to find any information on this pair of Futuros other than a comment by Jan Segrest on RoadSideAmerica.com
from 101200 to the effect that they had been on site for years and are (or at least they were at the time) "lived in" and the fact that the Wikipedia Webpage on Carlisle, Ohio
mentions the Futuros.
We would love to find out more about these Futuros so if you have any information please let us know
A few photos of this pair of Futuros can be found by following these links: