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Alcan Leads The Way

Cameo Leads the Pack on the Alcan Highway

A Cameo leads the Chevy Truck “six pack” on the Alcan highway in 1957.  For this one time General Motors used this 1,520 miles between Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada to Fairbanks, Alaska (two years before Alaska was made a U.S. state).

Their engines were never shut off during the 45 hour run!  It was all a dirt and gravel road except for a short strip south of Fairbanks.  The U.S. had built this road so our military could have access to Alaska during WW II in case of any invasion by Japan.

The Chevrolet Cameo was kept in front all the way with an almost bullet-proof 235 inline six cylinder engine.  For a 1957 GM video of this dramatic run through the wilderness with blinding dust, rain,hail and treacherous washouts in between, check the video section of our website at –

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The Task Force champs took it all in stride with no break-downs.

NOTE: It is assumed the Chevrolet dealer in Fairbanks, Alaska was given – or sold at a very low price – these six trucks. General Motors had no interest in doing a return back down the Alcan.  Lucky Chevrolet dealer!

NOTE:   This was only half the journey for these six Chevy trucks with each assigned  two drivers.  Yes, it happened all over again! After several days in Fairbanks, including a real bed in a hotel for the drivers, the fleet did the RETURN  to Dawson Creek under the close observation by American Automobile Association (AAA). Soon after that they all continued again as a convoy to the GM Proving Grounds near Detroit for vehicle checks. Total distance in 1957, over 8,000 miles round trip!

 

 

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