On Tuesday, June 2, we set out to bring smiles to the faces of those who usually do that for us. We had a Cruise Out with museum cars, staff and volunteer cars, and some visitor cars and to eight senior living centers and Henry Ford Hospital in Clinton Township. We wanted to let the seniors know how much we missed them and let the staff at the hospital know their efforts are appreciated. It turned out to be a pretty warm day and we lost a car or two along the way to the heat but also gained a few! We want to thank everyone who took part in this wonderful event. We received thank you calls and cards from the locations we visited stating the residents really enjoyed the cars. We have to say that once again, they are the ones that brought smiles to our faces. We miss you all and can’t wait to see you again!
The attached letter was sent out to our email list to notify of the collection’s re-opening plans. We are very excited to re-open once our renovations are complete and bring an unforgettable experience for all our visitors! Stay informed by signing up for our email list! You’ll be the first to know!
This incredible 1919 Pierce-Arrow 66 A-4 Touring car recently arrived at the collection after making an appearance at the 2020 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The car was custom-built for vaudevillian and early motion picture star, Roscoe C. “Fatty” Arbuckle. The coachwork was a very early design by a young Harley J. Earl for Don Lee Coachbuilders in southern California. Earl would eventually move on to a stellar design career at General Motors. The chassis has a 147.5″ wheelbase and 36″ tires. The gas tank holds 32 gallons since the car seldom got more than 4 miles to the gallon.
Though we are temporarily closed due to the recommendations of the CDC, we will be open again soon and you will be able to see this beauty in person! Stay tuned to our social media and web page for updates!
We have made the decision to close our collection to the public on Tuesday, March 17 due to the state of emergency called by Governor Whitmer. Our first priority is the safety of our staff and guests. We do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will re-evaluate the situation next week to decide of future openings. We appreciate your understanding and we will see you again soon!
We were privileged to be a part of a wonderful tradition in Detroit last week, a Toast To Hockeytown. This event is celebrated its 20th anniversary as the signature event for the Detroit Red Wings Foundation. We brought our 1921 Chevrolet and our 1932 Chevrolet Confederate to add a little pizzazz to the already dolled up Little Caesars Arena! There were so many great costumes and many stopped to get a great photo with our two beauties. It was the bees knees!!
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!
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.
Join us for a fun day of pizza, cars, music, and friends! This annual event raises money for the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 154 and also brings in non-perishable food items for their food bank. We also collect toys for the Marines Toys for Tots program. The event is open to the public and there is an entry fee at the door. See the flyer for details!
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.
What an amazing 3 days! Our Hat Trick for Heroes event was a booming success! It all began with a gala with special guest Jay Leno who put on a fantastic show and was able to tour the museum with Mary and Ted Stahl. On Veterans Day, we held our 3rd Annual Open House where veterans, their families and all who support them, were invited to tour the museum, buy shirts, hats and dog tags to support our local heroes. We capped off the trio of fundraisers with the Stahls’ hockey team vs. Detroit Red Wing Alumni in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. We are so honored to be able to host these gatherings for our veterans as a way of giving back to those who gave so much for our freedom. All funds raised will be donated to the Disabled American Veterans, Michigan region.
Thank you to all who have served, are currently serving and their families! We will see you next year!