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.
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.
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!
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.