The Bootmobile Rolls into Chicago...not so fast.

The Bootmobile Rolls into Chicago...not so fast.

Chicago, Friday, January 20, 2012. Move that “Weinermobile”–make way for the “L.L.Bean Bootmobile”— hitting the road and heading west to the Windy City– maybe, probably, most likely.   The larger-than-life embodiment of L.L.Bean’s most iconic product, its “Maine Hunting Shoe” has been recreated into a giant 13-foot high and 20-foot long vehicle in honor  of L.L.Bean’s 100th Anniversary celebration.

The Bootmobile made its first public appearance last Wednesday in New York City’s Times Square.  From there it embarks on a tour of major cities in the U.S.  Earlier reports had the “Boot” stepping into the Second City to re-boot at the Chicago Auto Show,(opening February, 10).  WRONG, according to the spokesperson at L.L.Bean, “We can confirm that the Bootmobile will NOT be at the Chicago Auto Show–we will let you know if/when it will make its appearance in Chicago.” Stay tuned, SMC, will keep on top of this breaking story.

The question is: If, What and When, the “Boot” steps into Chicago–How will it do in the Chicago snow?

Some fun facts about the Bootmobile.

If the Bootmobile was an actual boot, it would be size 747–like the airplane.
The Bootmobile is 13′ tall, 20′ 6″ long and 7′ 6″ wide.
The Bootmobile is green–it generates 0% CO2 emissions thanks to a diesel engine with urea tank and particulate filter.
If an actual person were to wear the Bootmobile, the person would be 143′ tall – 32′ taller than the Statue of Liberty.
The Bootmobile laces are made of 12 strand braided mooring rope, capable of towing 106,000 lbs.
The driver enters and exits through the heel.
A camera provides visibility for the rear and top of the Bootmobile.

The Making of the Bootmobile.

To see a video of the making of the Bootmobile go to youtube and search for the L.L.Bean Bootmobile video.

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