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.
Join Stahls’ on Veterans Day weekend at the Stahls’ Power Play for Heroes charity hockey game benefiting the Guardian Angles Medical Service Dogs.
Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs pair Michigan Veterans with individually trained medical service dogs.
The charity hockey game features Team Stahls’ and the Detroit Red Wings Alumni. The Red Wings Alumni team has a star studded roster including 4X Stanley Cup Champion Darren McCarty.
Game day includes raffles, memorabilia, autograph sessions and a fun environment for all to enjoy all while honoring our Veterans.
Arena and game time details:
St. Clair Shores Civic Arena on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 12:00 pm (20000 Stephens St., St Clair Shores, MI 48080).
Click here for Pre-Sale tickets for only $7 (plus fees). Tickets at the door and at St. Clair Shores desk $10 each (ll & up).
Last night, we celebrated our last Rock’n Roll In Cruise In night of the season! We had over 120 cars displayed proudly by their owners! Seeburger’s Cheeseburgers of New Baltimore was serving up some great food and we were handing out fresh donuts from Corn Fun Family Farm in Casco! We want to thank each and every one of our visitors that spread the word about these fun family-oriented nights and hopefully new friends were made! We can’t wait until Thursday, May 28, 2020 to kick off the new season with bigger and better things to come!
We have added a couple new events to our Events page including our Annual Veterans Day Open House and Power Play for Heroes Hockey game! The game takes place on Saturday, November 9th at Noon and features Team Stahls vs Detroit Red Wing Alumni with some of your favorite past Detroit Red Wings. You can purchase advance tickets at the St. Clair Shores Civic Arena (20000 Stephens St., St Clair Shores, MI 48080) or on game day for $10 each, kids 10 and under are free. Game day includes raffles, memorabilia, autograph sessions and a fun environment for all to enjoy all while benefiting Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc.
Our 6th Annual Veterans Day Open House will also benefit Guardian Angels while we open the doors of the collection from 10:00-5:00. We will have special military displays along with music, t-shirts and other items honoring our veterans. All are welcome, you do not need to be a veteran to attend. Entry to the museum is always by donation and since all donations are benefiting veterans, we ask that everyone dig a little deeper on this day.
This Sunday at the Orphan Car Show, you can see examples from more than a hundred car companies that contributed to the automotive industry that you may never even heard of. The show is held each year at the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum and showcases automobiles that are 25 or more “model-years” old and are no longer manufactured or imported into the US. Zundapp definitely falls into this category. Zundapp was a major German manufacturer that was founded at Nuremberg in 1917 producing munitions. They departed from that business at the end of World War I and the first motorcycle emerged in 1921. In the early 1930s, motorcycle sales were sagging and they decided to take a stab at building an automobile. They never got past building prototypes and they returned to their primary interest of motorcycles and later, aircraft engines.
Twenty five years later, after a decade of postwar concentration on motorcycles and light machinery, the completely different Janus went into actual production. The odd-looking auto has one forward facing seat for the drive and one passenger and one rear facing seat for two more passengers. The name Janus came from the Roman god who faced two directions… well played. Approximately 6,900 were built before Zundapp again abandoned the car business and returned to motorcycles.
See our 1958 Zundapp Janus at the Orphan Car Show in Ypsilanti, Michigan this Sunday, September 15, from 9:00-4:00. Cost is $6.00 per person, children 12 $ under are free with adult. www.ypsiautoheritage.org for information.
We will be heading to the exclusive Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this week with our 1929 Stutz Model M! This beauty is a very rare LeBaron-bodied chassis sporting “cut-down” doors and a rear mounted spare. It is said there are only two surviving examples that share this unique and desirable combination of features. We will be posting lots of photos on our social media while in Monterey and will update the website when we return, hopefully with a big ribbon on the car!
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!