The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Monday, October 27, 2014

It Is A Housecar

Back in September, the Hemmings blog posted two related items about the Brooks Stevens motorhomes.  The first posting noted that a modified version of a Brooks Stevens was for sale at Hemmings, at a price of $150,000 (photo below).  The second provided a history of the Brooks Stevens vehicles.  Apparently, while driving one to the New York World's Fair in 1940, Stevens was pulled over in Manhattan for driving a commercial vehicle on Fifth Avenue.  Stevens replied, "This, Officer, is not a truck.  It is a housecar."  He then made his way to the fairgrounds, where NBC interviewed him in a live broadcast. 

No comments: