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

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.

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.

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.

Everyone is looking over the many food choices on the menu.  It looks like Don has found his favorite item.

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.

VP Jim & Prez Harvey conduct our meeting.     Warren discusses club finances in his Treasury report.    Rita gave her Editor's report.

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.

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.

Chapter Activities

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

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

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.

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 CaptaiVideo YouTube of our day.

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.

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.

Julie is seen recording the minutes from our meeting.


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.

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.


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.

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.

Jim is working the game board for his Automotive Jeopardy game. It looks like Jerry is raising his hand as he believes he knows a correct answer. Jerry was the eventual game winner. Dick & Don came in 2nd & 3rd respectively.

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

Sandra pulls the winning 50/50 ticket and Jerry is the lucky winner holding the matching ticket. Congrats Jerry.

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 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.

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.

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

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 !

Members are seen departing our final 2017 club event. It was a very busy year with many great places (old & new) visited by our gang.

..............     See you in 2018 !


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.

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

Jerry, who just recently returned from a 3 week trip to England & Israel, is filling in Sandra on the details.

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

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 ----->

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

Harvey leads our chapter meeting as Warren gives the Treasury report.

Warren is seen taking checks for 2018's club dues from Dick & Bev.

A CaptainVideo YouTube video of our day @OGB

Attendees checkout the many dishes offered on the SW menu.                  Dick wonders if he can handle all of that food .... absolutely !

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.

A CaptainVideo Production.

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

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

Here's a video of our event.

Thanks Steve (CaptainVideo)

CaptainVideo's Coverage of our tour at the YAM.

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

Warren assists Jim with the 50/50 tickets and cash.

Secretary Julie records the auction item bid data for Chuck.   An Andy Studebaker autographed NLF Helmet was offered.

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. 

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

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.


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.

The auction items are displayed for all to see.     Chuck offers a Stude Truck Steering Wheel.

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


Heidi & Vida, best of friends !

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

December 3, 2017

 D U N D E E

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.

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.

Julie, Becky, Larry & Dick are seen departing after the lunch, auction & club meeting.

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.

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

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

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

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.