TOURNAMENT OF ROSES GRAND MARSHAL
The 2022 Rose Parade Grand Marshal LeVar Burton rides the parade route in a 1923 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost. This Rolls Royce was built in Springfield, Massachusetts, by the New Haven Carriage Company, a Rolls Royce approved bodybuilder. Rolls Royce built Silver Ghosts in the United States from 1919 to 1926 and this American-built Rolls Royce is considered to be as desirable as the British-built models. Rolls Royce Silver Ghosts were one of the longest production model runs, exceeding the length of time of Ford Model T’s.
MAYOR OF PASADENA, VICTOR M. GORDO
The mayor’s party is riding in two vehicles. One is a 1915 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 7-Passenger, owned by Joe and Janice Conzonire. The smooth contours of this stylish, cast aluminum, touring car body represents one of Pierce-Arrow's first major steps to more automotive body design. In the early teens the cars had begun to lose their thick coach-inspired lines in favor of simpler, smoother-looking designs. The distinctive fender-mounted headlights, adopted in 1913, proved their value both in making certain no one would mistake a Pierce-Arrow for another marque and for their better illumination of the road. The second vehicle is a 1920 Pierce- Arrow Model 38 Series 31 5-Passenger Touring owned by Chris Kidd. Pierce-Arrow’s entry-level Model 38 was introduced in 1913 and listed for over $4k by the end of its model run in 1920. An open-bodied Pierce- Arrow carried Woodrow Wilson and Warren G. Harding to Harding's 1921 inauguration, and one was used prominently in the 1950 movie Cheaper by the Dozen.
TOURNAMENT OF ROSES PRESIDENT
The 2022 Pasadena Tournament of Roses President Dr. Robert B. Miller and family are riding in a 1967 Crown Firecoach Fire Engine. The engine was built in Los Angeles and was purchased new in 1967 by the Pasadena Fire Department and designated as Engine 38. It has a 500-gallon tank and pumps 1250 gallons of water per minute. In 1985, the engine was sold to the San Marino Fire Department as a backup engine and designated as Engine 24. In 1991, the engine was retired from service and purchased by current owner Louis Farah, a San Marino Firefighter Paramedic. Louis will be driving the engine and his co-pilot is his daughter, Dr. Jennifer Farah, MD, Medical Director of the Emergency Department at UC San Diego Medical Center and Medical Director of the Chula Vista Fire Department.
PASADENA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT: HOME GROWN TALENT, GLOBAL IMPACT
Each child has enormous potential to bloom—particularly when rooted in an environment rich in inclusion, compassion, and diverse educational opportunities. Tournament of Roses President Robert Miller pays homage to his roots and salutes the students and faculty in the Pasadena Unified School District. Teachers ride in a vintage vehicle while the Pasadena Unified All Star Band accompany them with 47 band members, 12 color guard and 12 dancers, plus Band Director Dan Adams and Co-Director Karen Klages.
ROSE BOWL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2021
Class of 2021 Hall of Fame members Jim Delany—Big Ten Conference and Ron Simpkins—University of Michigan ride in a 1940 Continental. The car was Edsel Ford's idea after a 1938 trip to Europe. It was designed by styling maestro Eugene 'Bob' Gregorie and was unique as it was “long, low, and rakish”. The 1940 Continental was the most expensive model in the Lincoln-Zephyr range. Only 404 examples of these mostly hand-assembled cars were completed: 350 cabriolets and 54 coupés. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright considered it to be, "the most beautiful car ever designed." It was one of the first cars recognized as something more than a mere machine—by New York's Museum of Modern Art.