Have you signed up to receive our quarterly newsletter yet? What are you waiting for?? The January 2020 issue was just released! You can sign up at the lower left side of our home page and you’ll never miss out! Our newsletter recaps our past events and lets you know about the upcoming events! We list our open hours for the next 3 months plus some other great content. Sign up soon so you won’t be left out! If you’d still like to receive the January 2020 issue, send us an email and we’ll send you a copy. Just remember to sign up so you won’t miss out on any other news of what’s happening at Stahl’s Auto Collection!
Despite the snowpocalypse that hit on Monday bringing 8″ of heavy, wet snow to the area, our Veteran’s Day Open House carried on! Guests lined up at 10:00 am to enter the collection and were guided to a table where veterans name badges containing their name, branch, and years of service were made. Patriotic music filled the building while Bob Hope entertained on the big screen. Our ceremony began at 11:00 with speeches from John Lind of the Arsenal of Democracy museum, Dan Stahl of GroupeSTAHL, Mary Lamparter of Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc., and Sheldon Ewers and his service dog Roy closing. A very talented 5-year-old named Nina brought tears to all while she sang the National Anthem and America The Beautiful. You can see a clip of her singing here. After the ceremony, guests strolled through the collection admiring the beautiful rows of cars, memorabilia, signs, and gas pumps. Guest organist Justin LaVoie played the Wurlitzer Pipe Organ, delighting all our guests. This year we added a “Thank You” wall that held notes from local schools, JROTC programs, scout groups, and Stahl’s visitors thanking veterans for their service. The notes were available for veterans to take home and the leftover notes will be sent to local veterans groups. Military items were on display and tshirts were available for a donation to Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc.
On Saturday, a charity hockey game was held between Team Stahls and Detroit Red Wings Alumni at the St. Clair Shores Civic Arena. The Wings roster included Darren McCarty, Drew Miller, Joe Kocer, and Dino Ciccarelli to name a few. The Ted Lindsay trophy was on hand and a moment of silence was held to honor the passing of Mr. Lindsay in March of 2019. The game was a real nail-biter but as we all know, the real winners are the veterans.
We thank you, we honor you. Thank you for your service.
We are adding this magnificent 1916 Owen Magnetic Tourer to the collection soon! This is a wonderful example of a very technically sophisticated car has a magnetic drive system with electric speed changes. It uses a system similar to a locomotive where the motor produces electricity that then powers the wheels. A system of complex speed controllers and a speed selector on the steering column allows the driver to select a speed range but the car has no clutch. The drive combination of gasoline and electric drive system is not unlike a hybrid drive system of today except that the car is not equipped with propulsion batteries. The system did work as advertised and the cars were very easy to operate and quiet due to the elimination of gear noise. (Information courtesy of Bonhams).
This beauty also participated in the 1916 Rose Bowl parade in Pasadena, California!
WXYZ-TV Channel 7 came out and filmed an episode of their #Explore web series last week. They highlight places in Metro Detroit that may fly under the radar. We hope that all who see this wonderful video see what they are missing and make a plan to visit! Warmer temps are coming our way which means Cruise In season is approaching! Stay tuned for upcoming information regarding our Thursday Cruise Ins and so much more!
Click here to see the #Explore video from WXYZ-TV Channel 7!
We will be hanging out with WXYZ Channel 7 at the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan on January 21 from 11:00-5:00! We will be set up in the lower atrium with the Channel 7 crew. We will have our 1939 Ford Midget Racer on display. This one of a kind car was built just for William Clay Ford, Sr. for his 14th birthday! At that time, 14 was the legal driving age. Stop by and say hi, pick up a flyer and talk to the staff about hosting your next corporate event at Stahls! It is truly a one-of-a-kind experience…the sights, smells and even sounds! The mighty Wurlitzer Theatre organ, the elegant and powerful Gaudin Dance Hall organ and so many more! You have to come experience this place for your self. Hope to see you there!
On Thursday, December 6, the MotorCities National Heritage Area Partnership honored two individuals and eight finalists who have distinguished themselves in the areas of auto and labor heritage with its 5th annual Awards of Excellence. The winners in each of the three categories — preservation, education and interpretation, and tourism, were announced during Michigan Auto Heritage Day, an invitation-only event for state lawmakers in the Capitol Building in Lansing.
Sandra Clark, director of the Michigan History Center, received a MotorCities Champion Award. When MotorCities was being created, there was a lot of talk about Detroit as the “Motor City,” however, it was Clark who said that the story is so much bigger. In her role at the Michigan History Center, Clark added the true statewide perspective. Her leadership was critical in receiving the state’s endorsement in order to move up to consideration for the heritage area. Clark went on to serve as chair of the MotorCities Board of Directors and continues to advocate for the state’s auto history.
Senator Steve Bieda (D-Warren) was also honored with MotorCities’ annual Milestone Award. He has served as both a Senator and Representative of his local district in the Michigan state legislature since 2002. He helped found and co-chairs the Michigan Legislative Auto Caucus, providing a forum for legislative discussion about all matters related to the auto industry in the state. It was in partnership with that caucus that MotorCities launched the Michigan Auto Heritage Day and Awards of Excellence in 2014.
Nominees for the award for Preservation included:
- The Cherry Hill Ford Factory Complex in Canton, which is working to restore an original Henry Ford Village Industry Factory and Dormitory in order to offer veterans programming – the same purpose it served when Ford opened the facility in the 1940s;
- “Carriages to Cars” led by Mike West on behalf of the Oakland County Pioneer Historical Society, which chronicles the evolution of vehicle manufacturing in Pontiac;
- and General Motors Durant-Dort Factory One in Flint, which was the factory operated by Billy Durant and J. Dallas Dort prior to Durant’s acquisition of Buick in 1904 and the formation of General Motors in 1908.
Nominees for the award for Interpretation and Education included:
- The Henry Ford Quiz Show presented by the Henry Ford Heritage Association based in Dearborn, which features an interactive quiz presented at major automotive events allowing visitors to test their knowledge of the automotive icon for a chance at prizes;
- The Model T Outreach Program operated by the Casual T’s and Piquette T’s, who provided a 45-minute presentation to third graders across the region, but also brought those students outside the classroom to interact with a Model T and driver;
- and, the Model T Experience supported by the Manufacturing Academy in Jackson, which uses a cutaway engine of the famed “Tin Lizzie” to demonstrate to students of all ages how the engineering, manufacturing and business acumen of Henry Ford helped shape the auto industry we know today.
Nominees for the award for Heritage Tourism are the following:
- Mary and Ted Stahl of the Stahls Automotive Foundation of Chesterfield Township, which stands to foster education and appreciation of vehicles of all makes and model at their museum through hands-on interaction;
- and the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum Calendar Project, which takes a Lansing institution beyond the limitations of its four walls and beautifully showcases how this museum, its vehicles and its stories truly belong to its home city of Lansing.
We are pleased to announce that Mary and Ted Stahl won the award! Dan Stahl, Erin Stahl, staff, and volunteers of the collection were on hand to accept the award. Thank you to Motorcities Heritage group for all you do to keep history alive!
Tired of the shoving, pushing, and chaotic shoppers? Come out to Stahls Automotive Collection where you will have lots of elbow room! You won’t need to push anyone! Stroll through our wide aisles, taking in the sights, sounds and smells of yesteryear. We’ll have our Grinch car set up where you can take a great family photo for a Christmas card! We will be open from 11:00-4:00. Walk off that dinner!