Google “Orphan car show” and the first five links that pop up on your computer screen are for the big event staged annually for the last 16 years in conjunction with the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum just west of Detroit in Michigan. Scroll a little further down the page and you’ll find other shows for … Continue Reading →
Celebrating classic car culture, in Metro Detroit and beyond
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Set the GPS in your car for Florida and it will route you right down I-75, through Toledo and Cincinnati, Chattanooga and Atlanta on your way to the Sunshine State’s tourist attractions. But allow us to suggest an alternate route, or at least a detour well worth taking. Consider I-69 and … Continue Reading →
CANTON, Ohio — Bob Lichty has proven that you can, indeed, go home again. And not only has Lichty come home, but he’s done much to make it a prominent stop for classic car collectors, including those who attended his Grande Salon classic car auction held here on the eve of the annual Glenmoor Gathering … Continue Reading →
DEARBORN — Today, people traveling in motor homes can park for the night at most Walmart stores. But what about those who hit the roads a century or so ago, back before big box stores, in fact, before there were formal campgrounds? “It’s perfectly fitting that we’re parked here next to Scotch Settlement School,” said … Continue Reading →
AUBURN, Ind. — Once upon a time, if you had any interest in classic cars, in seeing them and especially in buying or selling them, this northeastern Indiana town was the place to be each Labor Day weekend. In town, there was the annual Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival, a celebration of Indiana’s — and three of America’s … Continue Reading →
PLYMOUTH, Mich. — There are concours d’elegance, ultra fancy gatherings of ultra fancy classic automobiles, held at exclusive venues from coast to coast. The most famous in the United States is staged each August at Pebble Beach on the California coastline of the Monterey Peninsula. Detroit has its own concours, the immodestly named Concours d’Elegance … Continue Reading →
TRAVERSE CITY — With nearly $120,000 in prize money to be awarded at the end of the event, the competition among teams participating in The Great Race is serious, indeed. However, all you need do is to look at a list of those teams to realize that there’s room for some fun, too. The Great … Continue Reading →
DEARBORN — At the annual Motor Muster at Greenfield Village, cars are parked in chronological order, from the 1933 model year right up through the 1976 model year, a cutoff date chosen in honor of the American bicentennial.
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — When he was 16 years old, Robert Gamble of Shelby Township owned a 1954 Ford Victoria. Forty-six years later, he bought another one just like it. Just like it, that is, except that this second Victoria needed a lot of restoration work. Gamble found his second Victoria in Arizona, and after years … Continue Reading →
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Dana Mecum was a teenager when he started working in his father’s small town Buick/Pontiac dealership in northern Illinois. But before his own 23rd birthday, Mecum had opened his own used car dealership, specializing in exciting-to-drive Chevrolet Corvettes, Camaros and Chevelles.