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!
Our first Autos for Autism took place on Thursday, July 25th both inside and outside the building. Special guests Wayne Carini of TVs Chasing Classic Cars, and Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings spent the evening with visitors signing autographs and posing for pictures! Our car show outside was overflowing with some great cars, people, live music, and a bounce house. Wayne Carini even walked around outside to check out the visitors cars. We were able to present a check for over $27,000 to the Ted Lindsay Foundation for Autism! Thank you to everyone who donated and we hope to do it bigger and better next year!
We are co-hosting this family-fun event with the Chesterfield Township Parks and Recreation Department on Thursday, June 27th! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and watch the 1965 slapstick comedy movie, The Great Race starring Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon, and Peter Falk. See the two cars that star in the movie, the Leslie and the Hannibal along with many other wonderful antique automobiles! There will also be a Cruise In from 4:00-7:30 in the south parking lot! Marco’s Pizza will be on hand during the Cruise In while El Charros and Achatz Pie Company will join at 6:00pm! Special guests Tom Daldin and Jim Edelman of the PBS show “Under The Radar Michigan” will be on hand signing books and handing out popcorn! Or come and meet Dog and Bear and get a copy of their book of adventures! The movie starts at 8:00 so be sure to get here and grab your spot on the lawn!
This weekend we have two shows we are participating in! Our 1935 Lincoln we be on display at the Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, June 9 at Ault Park. Our 1935 Chrysler Airflow will make its way to the Packard Proving Grounds for the Cars are Stars show! If you in either location, be sure to stop by and say hello! We will have flyers on hand about the collection!
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 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!
Our two newest additions to the collection arrived today! A beautiful 1904 Peerless Type 8 Style K Touring car with a King of Belgium body style and an 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen. The Benz is a replica of what is considered the be the first automobile. These will be set up for display immediately so make your way out to the collection and see them first hand!
This past weekend, we were able to share our 1924 Delage with the attendees of the 2019 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on Amelia Island, Florida. The weather was warm and the cars were hot! Although we did not win in our large circle of amazing cars, we won a spot in many hearts. People just loved seeing the beautiful mahogany body of this gorgeous vehicle. He drew lots of attention and was even judged by the Hagerty Youth Judging program. What a great way to get the kids involved in the car collecting hobby! Keep the history alive!
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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!