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. 

Smiling faces are seen as we gather at the warm sunny west side of the building.   Julie won the 50/50 drawing.  Our GROUP PHOTO, taken after our meeting.

Sue & Bill Volz had lunch in a cozy booth.            So did Homer Hinchliff & Bob Grove.         Conrad Zumhagen dined with friend/guest Kathy Stevens.

Chapter Activities

We had an exciting time watching the Ford F-150 Pickup Truck Assembly Line in operation (1,200 built each day).  Boarding the bus back to THF.

<-----  These 8 photos were taken on the Mystery Cruise to the Matt Switlik Collection and to Calder's Dairy, both located in Monroe, MI.

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

The WLEC started off 2018 with a lunch & meeting at our favorite Asian Restaurant, the Ocean Garden Buffet in Toledo on January 21st. It was nice to see everyone's smiling faces in this new year. During our meeting our Members were shown the final design of our T-Shirt (and Meet Logo) for the CZM in September in Archbold, Ohio.

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.

Rita & Jim are standing with Corny, the company mascot. Jim & Corny greet with a "High-Five".

Heidi waves "HI!" as fellow Members exit THF (The Henry Ford) Museum and get aboard the bus that will take us to the Ford Rouge Plant Tour.

A CaptainVideo YouTube video of our day @OGB

Coming Soon, A Video Of Our Day From Steve "CaptainVideo" Rohde.

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.

Our club was "officially" welcomed to the plant tour.  

A CaptainVideo Production.

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

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.

Members & guests are seen in the lobby awaiting entry to the theater to view the video about the history of the Jiffy Mix Company.

Many thanks to our VP, Jim Pfleger, for arranging our chapter event on Thursday February 22nd in Chelsea, MI. Our group of 22 members & guests toured the Jiffy Mix Plant. The factory tour was very interesting. Next, we walked across the road to Los Tres Amigos Restaurant for a lunch and meeting. Thanks to member Dennis Berry for arranging this great eatery for us.

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

A CaptaiVideo YouTube of our day.

OGB on Alexis Rd. in Toledo.                                             Warren is seen busy with Members paying their 2018 SDC Chapter dues.                                            

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 !

We had SDC labeled tickets issued to our group.               WLEC Members are seen heading down a hall towards the exit to the bus boarding area.

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.

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


Starting off the New Year with lunch with friends.          Newest WLEC Member, Conrad Zumhagen of Ann Arbor, introduces himself to "the boys".

Dan  makes his lunch selections and returns to his seat to partake in the "YUM".                  Warren loaded his dessert plate with Jello & pudding.

Heidi & Mike Seery were having a great time at our event.  VP Jim Pfleger was getting set up to sell 50/50 tickets. Steve Rohde (CaptainVideo) in action.

December 3, 2017

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.

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

Our group of 17 Members met for lunch at Ford's Garage on Mich Ave/US-12 in West Dearborn.  We had two dedicated wait staff who took good care of us.

Jiffy Mix Corp Owner & CEO, Howdy Holmes, dropped in to greet our group. And, he signed a 1988 photo of himself and Indy Race Team for Michael. Howdy raced 1979 thru 1988.

Steve (CaptainVideo) is seen interviewing the lunch attendees. He asks everyone about their New Year Resolutions.

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.

CaptainVideo's YouTube coverage of our event. ----->

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 Auction Video.

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.

Rita, Jim & Julie are at the Jiffy Plant entrance.

CaptainVideo's Coverage of our tour at the YAM.

Our gang met on Saturday morning, March 17th, at The Henry Ford (Museum) in Dearborn. We purchased tickets and then boarded a bus for The Ford Rouge Factory Tour. We saw the popular Ford F-150 Pickup Truck being built. It was an awesome tour. After that, we went to the nearby Ford's Garage for lunch and our meeting.        A BIG Thank You to our VP / Trip Director, Jim Pfleger, for arranging our fun day in Dearborn.

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.

The Ford's Garage is known for their huge variety of Burgers'n'Fries. And, they were EXCELLENT !  Our gang exiting the eatery, heading to our meeting.         

Our members lunched in "cozy" quarters and CaptainVideo took advantage of the photo op.      Michael, Heidi, Denise & Dennis said the food was great.

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.

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.

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.


Our gang finishes lunch and awaits the 50-50 drawing.

Jim & Rita are either going to take a shower or they are going on the Jiffy Mix Plant Tour!


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.


Kathy pulls the winner.       Bill & Sues Volz's guests, Dave & Inge LeForge, are the winners.

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). 

CaptainVideo's YouTube video of the event.


Here is CaptainVideo's coverage of our Holiday Gala Luncheon.

Kathy checks out the menu as Warren enters updates from dues payments and Jim prepares for selling 50-50 tickets.

CaptainVideo's movie clip of our lunch at OGB.

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.

Here's a video of our event.

Thanks Steve (CaptainVideo)

17 WLEC Members gathered at the Harbor Inn & Ale in Monroe, adjacent to a nearby Lake Erie marina. This gathering was our annual Holiday Event.

Attendees enjoyed the food and camaraderie prior to our meeeting and chapter officer elections. After that, Jim Pfleger (Alias, Alex Trebeck) led us thru a game of Automotive Jeopardy. Many thanks to Vida & Tom Parker for setting up the day at the Harbor Inn & Ale.

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.

Our annual WLEC Auction took place on November 12th at Downtown Toledo's Spaghetti Warehouse. There was a surprising low membership turnout (only 13 of us there). The Italian style cuisine was outstanding. Auctioneer Chuck Plymale did a great job of presenting the auction items. Thanks to Jim Pfleger for setting up this fun day for us.

These 19 photos are were taken on the show field, Riverside Park, Ypsilanti ----->

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.

Prez Harvey & VP Jim conduct our business meeting.                                           Mel is seen at one of OGB's two dessert stations.