Since we cannot open on Veterans Day this year, we’ve decided to go virtual. We will give a walk-through of the museum on Wednesday, November 11 beginning at 1:00 pm on our Facebook page. We will be selling raffle tickets with some great prizes! Information will be posted on our events tab. We want to make sure that veterans know that even though we can’t all gather physically, we will never forget them or what they’ve done for us. All proceeds will benefit Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs. Stay tuned for more information!
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 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.
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!