More photos from our great time at the Woodward Dream Cruise.

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Avantis, and a Champ P/U, await their turn at the Pass-in-Review stand.       MC Ron Pinsoneault talks with Conrad about his cool R2 4-speed.

Heidi & Vida, best of friends !

Dick's 1965 Commander and, .........................   a pair of Larks.                               3-1963 Avantis, a '71 Avanti II, a '76 Avanti II & a '60 Champ P/U


On Saturday March 18th we gathered at the Loma Linda Mexican Restaurant in Swanton (West Toledo), Ohio for a lunch, meeting and guest presentation. South Bend residents Joe & Sharon Molner joined us for our lunch and meeting and then entertained us with stories about their relationships to Studebaker & Avanti. Joe was close friends with Mike Kelly, the owner of the (so far) last Avanti auto manufacturer. Sharon worked for many years at Studebaker.                   

A BIG thank you to Jim Pfleger for setting up this program for us.

Our next stop was a restored Texaco Service Station in Delta, Ohio. Jim's freshly restored '63 Lark Sedan looked "fab" parked next to the gas pumps.

CaptainVideo's YouTube clip of our day in Birmingham, Mich.

A CaptainVideo Production.

<---------  Here it is, CaptainVideo's excellent video of our hot day in Downtown Ann Arbor.

Chapter Activities

We had a great spot on Old Woodward near the 555 Bldg.

Our cars really shined and the onlookers really loved them.

The WLEC & NEMC SDC Chapters and the Indy AOAI Chapter had a 17 vehicle display on Old Woodward in Birmingham at the 22nd annual Woodward Dream Cruise on Saturday August 20th. The big crowds got treated to a line up of 11 Avantis from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin. Complimenting the Avantis were 4 Studebaker Hawks, a Commander & a Champion. Many thanks to event organizer Joe Papai for putting together one of the largest local Avanti gatherings in recent years.

CaptainVideo's YouTube video of the event.

S A L I N E

Rich's late arrival '83 Avanti makes 12 total cars.

A CaptaiVideo YouTube of our day.

Saturday August 19th was a beautiful day on Old Woodward Avenue in Birmingham, MI. We "WOW'd" the big crowd with our line-up of 8 Avantis, 3 GT Hawks and a Champion Sedan. Our 12 vehicles caught the eye of many Dream Cruise guests who were not familiar with our brand of classic cars. But, we schooled them as we manned our "We Invented Cool!" recruitment table with our SDC 12' Feather Banner bringing them in.

We entered Secor Metropark (just off Central Ave./OH-20) and toured the Nat'l Center for Nature Photography. The displayed photos were awesome !

The cruise's first stop was Matt Switlik's Field Artillery (1775-1918) Collection in Monroe, MI. Matt collects & restores these artifacts. Shown above is a new wheel being built for one of his displays.

Station owner Dave Mahler had a friend, Harold Johnson, open the building for our tour. The auto memorabilia & petroliana was first class, particularly the signage.

Here's a video of our event.

Thanks Steve (CaptainVideo)

<--- Our cars parked at Shield's Pizza on Telegraph Rd., just north of 10 Mile Rd in Southfield, MI.

There were 37 vehicles signed up for the cruise but the rain kept the actual count to just 15 vehicles. Last year the rain had the count at just 10 vehicles with 4 Studebakers in the count (that's 40% folks !). This year 8 were Studebakers ...... that's  53% folks !  AWESOME ! GO Studebakers !

VP Jim was busy selling 50 / 50 Tickets on the show field.

After lunch we held a short meeting. Veep Jim started a discussion about the WLEC hosting the 2018 SDC Crossroads Zone Meet at Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio

Pre-War Cars: 1914 Studebaker SC-4, 1927 Roadster, 1929 Dictator, 1940 Champion (Larry Gardon's latest car in all its Taxi Cab splendor).

That's TJ & Sandra Studebaker and her '62 Lark Sedan.

Everyone enjoyed our tour there. The mounted photos showed a pictorial history of the wet lands and wilflife perserve.        Departing for Wauseon & lunch..

1949 Champion & 1953 Champion Sedans.                                                   1961 thru 1964 Hawks (silver thru GT).

After the Historic Cannon Collection Tour we drove to nearby Calder's Dairy for some great ice cream treats.

We started off 2017 with a return to our favorite Asian Restaurant, The Ocean Garden Buffet in Toledo.  Twenty Members gathered on Sunday January 15th at 1 PM to partake in the amazing food selections at the OGB. After lunch there was a short meeting and then there was the Officer Elections, a carry over from the previous month.

Julie, Dave & Liz with our SDC signage.          Jim was busy with 50/50 tkt sales.                   Club Members looked over the Sullivan menus. There were many food choices.

Seen are those in attendance at the WLEC monthly meeting led by Prez Harvey. Many thanks to Vida for sitting in as Secretary and taking the meeting minutes.

On Saturday February 25th, twenty-three attendees gathered at Rose's Italian Restaurant in Canton Michigan for lunch, a meeting and a presentation. Spark Plug Collector / historic expert Bill Bond, of Ann Arbor, gave us a first class talk about the 150+ year history of spark plugs. His display cases were filled with a wide variety of examples. Our club members were amazed about what little they actually knew about this small, but very important, part in each of our classic cars. Many thanks to Bill for sharing his knowledge with us.

WLEC & NEMC Member Bill Krueger was awarded Favorite Studebaker at the YOCS for his original condition '63 Avanti. Congrats Bill !

We came across a classic Barber's / Dentist's Chair and staged a tooth extraction. Heidi & Harvey hamed it up with the pliers & drill.

CaptainVideo's Coverage of our tour at the YAM.

On Saturday June 10th, fourteen of us met at the North42 Restaurant in MacRay Marina in Harrison Twp, MI. A BIG Thank You to Scott & Lee Burgy for setting up our restaurant and Air Museum visits. We had our lunch & meeting in a large room with a great view of the marina. The food was excellent. After our meeting, we followed the Burgys thru the Security Check at Selfridge ANG Base and onto our tour of the Air Museum. The volunteer staff there was very knowledgeable about all of the military items and aircraft at the museum.

Our annual Spring Dust-Off was held on April 23rd. Compared to last year's event, it was 20 degrees warmer. Twenty-five WLEC Members enjoyed the great weather as we started the day at Johnny's On-The-Lake in Belleville, Michigan. Back in the 90's this great location was named Reflections. The WLEC would begin the new year by meeting here every January. It's been a while and we're glad to be back.
 

Linda distributed and read over the tour route directions. Thanks Linda.

CaptainVideo's YouTube Auction Video.

The featured vehicle this year was Tucker. The Tucker Club held it's int'l meet at this orphan car show. There were just a few actually at the show. There were about 225 total vehicles registered for the Ypsi Orphan Car Show. The 33 registered Studebakers & Avantis was the largest single group there. We had 30 Studebakers actually on the show field for the event.

22 Chapter Members attended the October 15th Fall Color Tour. Ed & Linda Costell did a super job of arranging our route and stops. We started the day with light showers at Cabela's in Dundee, drove to West Toledo's Secor Metropark, had a lunch & meeting at Sullivan's in Wauseon, then finished the tour at a restored Texaco Service Station in Delta, Ohio.

The 35th Annual SDC Swap Meet & Car Show was held at South Bend, Indiana's St. Joseph County 4H Fairgrounds (it was a Crossroads Zone Meet too) May 6th & 7th. We counted 20 WLECers seen there.

Bill's '64 GT Hawk is Velvet Black and Warren's '62 GT Hawk is Silver with a slight green tint (interestingly different!).

The 21st Annual Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show, held in Riverside Park on September 17th,  had 250 registered entrants. That's up 10 from last year. However, the Studebaker/Avanti count dropped from 33 last year to 28 this year. One wonders why.  A similar situation exists with the Hudson class as it also had its lowest car count at 14 vehicles. Other classes have seen small count increases. The recent addition of Plymouth, Pontiac, Mercury & Oldsmobile cars has enabled this wonderful car show to continue to show some growth. This year, the weather was very July-like with the cars gleaming in the mid-80s sunshine. This year's  Mystery Cruise, on the 16th, also took place in dry Summer-like weather. More than 30 cars participated in the cruise to locations in the Monroe, Michigan area. 

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         OUR GANG ON OLD WOODWARD !

L-R Back Row: Joe Papai, Jerry Mitchell, Bev Ford, HB Calder, Jason Ford, HB's Friend-Fritz, Ray Swetman, Rich Mills, Scott & Lee Burgy & Gary Taylor.

L-R Front Row: Harvey Snitzer, Bill Krueger, Warren Godlew & Bill Peacocke.

We held our annual Spring Dust-Off on Saturday April 8th at historic Willow Run Airport's Yankee Air Museum. We had a sunny, cool, dry morning for our arrival. Eighteen members and guests toured the YAM. Jim, our docent, did an outstanding job of explaining the local civilian & military displays in the museum. After our tour we held a short meeting and then cruised to the nearby Cracker Barrel Restaurant for lunch.

M I L A N

On Saturday October 15th WLEC Members took part in one of our chapter's very best Fall Color Tours. Members gathered at noon at the Dundee Old Mill Museum for a tour of one of Henry Ford's electrical automotive component plants. The tour continued thru Milan then onto Saline. Many thanks to Ed & Linda Costell for organizing this super chapter event.

 D U N D E E

The WLEC attended the 23rd Annual Rolling Sculpture Car Show in Downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan on Friday July 14th. We had 6 vehicles in our line-up parked on Liberty Street. The weather was perfect, in the low 80's with cloudy skies and a breeze. Plus, we were parked on the shady side of the street. Our club turnout was low but the fun factor was high for those who attended this great event.

Heidi's Mom, Arvada, pulled the 50/50 drawing ticket and our Drivers Seat Editor, Rita, was the lucky winner this month.

On Sunday September 18th the WLEC attended the 20th Annual Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show. It's a 2-day event with a "mystery cruise" on Saturday and the actual show on Sunday. The cruise began at 9:30 AM at the Ypsi Auto Heritage Museum.

Above: Harvey & Joe man the SDC Recruitment Table.

Below: Mike & Chuck guard our 12' SDC Feather Banner.

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Timbits & Apple Cider, titled "Trunk-Or-Treat" by our hostess, Linda.                                          There were many takers of the sweet treats.

A Video of our day by CaptainVideo.

On June 18th, a small group of WLEC Members visited & toured the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, MI. This scenic 90 acre campus is the largest car museum in North America. The Gilmore is comprised of 7 independent museum buildings displaying more than 480 vehicles. Dave & Donna Piper, Jim Pfleger & Rita Bunting, Harvey & Julie Snitzer and Gerald Baird had a great time there. The featured vehicles that day were part of The Air-Cooled Gathering.

(Of note, there was no WLEC Business Meeting at this event). 

Manning the SDC / AOAI Recruitment Table are Harvey, Warren & Bill.

The 22nd Annual Ann Arbor Rolling Sculpture Car Show was held on the streets of the downtown area on Friday July 8th. This year's feature vehicle was Studebaker & Avanti. The WLEC led the way with 18 of the 26 vehicles on display belonging to this chapter's members. 122 years of Studebaker was represented by an 1880 Buggy thru a 2002 Avanti Convertible. The weather was hot & humid and our cars (and, trucks) shined.

After the final Color Tour stop in Saline, the group headed to nearby Mac's Acadian Seafood Shack for a club chapter meeting and a meal. The food and conversation were a great finish to a truely wonderful day that wrapped up the 2016 cruising season.


The 53rd SDC Int'l Meet was held May 3-6, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana in conjunction with the annual swap meet there. The AOAI & ASC also held their annual conventions at the same time. This was the SDC's first Int'l Meet, since the 70's, to be a 4 day event instead of a full week. The weather was not the best as the meet started off with heavy rains and cold winds. The last two days were sunny and dry but very windy and cool. Most members said that it was a good event.

Scott & Lee Burgy, Bill Peacocke, Rita Bunting, Jim Pfleger, Harvey Snitzer, Warren Godlew and Joe & Bev Papai had an excellent lunch at Shield's Pizza.

A CaptainVideo YouTube video of our day @OGB

The 2016 WLEC Christmas Party was held at Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant in Monroe, MI on Sunday December 4th. This was our first lunch & meeting at this facility. We had a quiet / private room and great table service. The main courses and desserts were excellent. We will most likely return there for a future event. Many thanks to Vida Parker for setting up this location for us.

Our Chapter Members spent Saturday afternoon November 12th at the Spaghetti Warehouse Restaurant in Downtown Toledo. We enjoyed lunch, a chapter meeting and our annual Auction. Many of our 27 attendees had trouble getting to the restaurant as Toledo's Holiday Parade had many nearby streets blocked off. But, once the crowds cleared, we were able to make it to our gathering.

L to R: Jerry's '49 Champion, Jason's '63 Avanti (from Wiscosin), HB's '63 Avanti (from Nevada), Scott's '80 Avanti, Gary's '62 GT Hawk, Warren's '62 GT Hawk, Bill's '64 GT Hawk, Harvey's '71 Avanti, Bonnie's '83 Avanti, Bill's '63 Avanti, Joe's '76 Avanti.

Beginning our cruise event in Cabela's lot has been a standard for the past several years.

On May 22nd, WLEC Members visited the Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art.  Next we gathered at the original Tony Packo's on Front Street. M.A.S.H.'s Corporal Klinger (actor Jamie Farr) was right, this is a great place to eat. The Hungarian cuisine is delicious. 

Our Cars Are The Stars on Old Woodward!---->

There were 30+ cars on Saturday's Mystery Cruise, 4 were from our marque. There's HB Calder's black '63 R2 Avanti, Bill Krueger's turquoise '63 Avanti, Jerry Mitchell's green '49 Champion Sedan and Dick Cattrysse's red '65 Commander (many driving photos taken from Dick's car).

Joe's '76 Avanti is in Porsche Sepia Brown, Scott's '80 Avanti is Burnt Orange and Harvey's '71 Avanti is Regency Bronze Firemist.