During today’s open hours, George DeLorean, brother of John DeLorean, stopped in for a tour. This was the first time he had seen the collection and was very impressed! He took time out to take photos with our volunteer staff, including Vern Lancaster. Vern has brought his DeLorean automobile to several of our Thursday Night Cruise Ins.
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 have some new arrivals here at the collection! Some are new to us and some we’ve brought out of storage. We like to change things up now and then to keep it fresh, you never know what you’ll see! Some of the new vehicles include a very cool wrought iron VW Beetle and a beautiful 1932 Nash. Some of the returning vehicles are our 1914 Woods Mobilette and our 1924 Marmon. There will be a few others brought in from storage so be sure to stop by and see. Remember we will be open to the public Veterans Day, Monday, November 11 from 10:00-5:00.
Check out this beautiful wooden bar fully stocked with Titanic memorabilia! It now stands in our main room in all it’s glory! It includes glasses with the White Star Line logo, models, books, and even a photo signed by the youngest survivor of the Titanic, Millvina Dean. At two months old, she was the youngest passenger aboard. It makes for a great photo op!
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!
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!
This weekend we will celebrate our 5th Annual Veterans Day Open House and Charity Hockey Game against the Detroit Red Wing Alumni! The game will be on Saturday, November 10 at St. Clair Shores Civic Arena beginning at 12:00 Noon. Admission is only $10, kids 10 & under are free! All proceeds will benefit Guardian Angels, Medical Service Dogs, Inc. Sunday will be our Open House at the Stahl Automotive Collection, 56516 North Bay Drive, Chesterfield, Michigan. This event runs from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and celebrates veterans and their families! All are welcome, limited free valet parking, music, t-shirts, military items and more. Come share stories with laughter and tears and let our veterans know we care! Donations will be accepted for Guardian Angels at the event also. Meet the founders and a few of the dogs may be on hand too!
We are partnering with WXYZ-TV Channel 7 in sponsoring the Detroit Dream Cruise! Channel 7 put together a 30 second spot about Stahls for Facebook. You can see it here. On August 18 at 7:00pm, you can watch the 2-hour Dream Cruise Special on WXYZ Channel 7 and see a more in-depth tour of the museum. We will have a spot on the west side of Woodward, north of 12 Mile along the cemetery fence. Look for our banners, stop by and say hello!
Stahls Auto Museum!!!! We won Best Lunch City for the 2017 Great Race! Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this event run so smooth! We had such a great time meeting all the racers and seeing the thousands of spectators line the streets to welcome the cars. For those of you that didn’t make it inside the museum, remember we are open every Tuesday from 1:00-4:00 and the first Saturday of the month from 11:00-4:00!
Mary and Ted Stahl were also awarded the Spirit of the Event award for their constant support of the race and for offering up their race vehicle so that two of our own racers whose car broke down the day before the race, could compete in their first Great Race. Of course, their actions did not surprise any of us that know them. Ted’s own words that we hear from him constantly are “Be Kind”, and he and Mary are great examples of that statement.
Trevor Stahl and Josh Hull came in 5th in the Expert Division and 7th Overall! Stop in to see the beautiful trophies on display in the Music Room!