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!
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!
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!