A CaptainVideo clip of our visit to Ft Meigs.


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.

Saturday May 19th in Ypsilanti was a forecasted to be a rainy day.  Luckily we experienced only a brief shower that barely affected our day. Eleven WLEC Members enjoyed a great lunch at Aubree's Restaurant in Depot Town-Ypsilanti. After lunch we conducted our meeting. Next, several of us (6 Members) drove an 1/8th mile west on Cross Street to tour the Michigan Firehouse Museum. 

A CaptainVideo YouTube Video of our day at the WDC.

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 gang at the conservatory bldg entrance.   Steve, Mike, Fred & Ed in the Bonsai gallery.      Ron & Myrna in the arid Room.

CaptainVideo's movie clip of our lunch at OGB.

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. 

CaptainVideo's Coverage of our tour at the YAM.

The 22nd Annual Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show in Depot Town's Riverside Park was an excellent event. There were 20 vehicles in the Mystery Cruise on Sept 15th, 3 Studebakers were in that group. The Show on Sunday the 16th was comprised of 230 registrants. This year's Studebaker class was the smallest in recent times with 20 of the 26 registered Studebakers & Avantis actually displayed on the show field.

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.

Member's Cars on display:  Scott & Lee Burgy's '80 Avanti II, Harvey & Julie Snitzer's '50 Studebaker Champion Starlight Coupe & '71 Avanti II, Conrad Zumhagen's '63 Studebaker R2 Avanti 4-Speed and Charlie Saganek's '48 Cadillac Coupe..

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.

Chapter Activities

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.

         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.

CaptainVideo's YouTube video of our tour--------->

CaptainVideo's YouTube Video of the Studebaker Pass-in-Review.

<-----------------          A CaptainVideo YouTube Video of our Thursday evening cruise to Archbold for dinner.

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.

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

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.

Sandra's '62 Lark next to Jim's '63 Lark.        Warren's & Don's Hawks.        The 1st showing of a Packard 352 powered '56 Golden Hawk from Dearborn.

On Sunday June 24th, 20 WLEC Members met in Archbold, Ohio as a "preview" for our hosting of the 2018 SDC Crossroads Zone Meet in early September. We started the afternoon with a fun lunch at Mom's Diner. After lunch we relocated to the Sauder Heritage Inn parking lots to scope out the car show & tent & vendor parking areas. After that we moved inside for a chapter meeting and a close look at our banquet room where we will also be displaying items for our Silent Auction & Blind Raffle.

On the road west to Grass Lake, MI.      At The Lost Railway Museum.       Bill checking out a "wooden" trolley.           Harvey & Bill enjoyed the tour.   

Julie & Dick at the eatery entrance.     Looking over the menu.       Jim selling 50/50 tkts.             And, .... the lucky winner is Dave Shelbo.

Our gang had a great tour of the different areas in the main bldg.                 The Studemino & Avanti are ready for the cruise to Dundee.

The 2018 SDC Crossroads Zone Meet at Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio on September 6-8 was a great success. The numbers are in: 56 Registrations with 90 Badged Attendees, 27 Studebakers & Avantis and 60 Banquet Seats made this meet a slightly smaller version of our 2014 Dundee CZM, also a great success. Enjoy the six Slide Shows (below) that provide a pictorial of those wonderful days in the country in NW Ohio.

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 ----->

Saturday April 14th was to be the start of our cruising season with our annual Spring Dust Off. But, Mother-Nature had other ideas. She provided heavy rain and a windy bone chilling 38 degrees. Needless to say, the weather affected our event turnout ..."0" Studebakers & 6 attendees at the Ft. Meigs Museum. We added 2 more members at our lunch at nearby Bob Evans Restaurant. We will have to plan a return to tour Ft. Meigs in warmer and dryer weather so that everyone can take in the entire experience of walking the grounds of the fort. Thanks to our VP, Jim Pfleger, for setting this event up for us and to the hearty soles who showed up.

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.

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.

Jerry's '49 Champion Sedan, Harvey's '50 Starlight Coupe & Bill's '63 Avanti line-up for the Mystery Cruise.     Other cars in the cruise line-up.

A CaptainVideo YouTube video of our day @OGB

A CaptaiVideo YouTube of our day.

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.

CaptainVideo's YouTube Auction Video --------->

The SDC Michiana Chapter held their annual Parts Swap Meet and Car Show at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds in South Bend Indiana on May 3-5, 2018. The WLEC manned a table at the entrance area of the large Vendors Building promoting their hosting of the Crossroads Zone Meet in Archbold, Ohio on September 6th & 7th.

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

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.

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.------>

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.

Awards Banquet in the Sauder Heritage Inn Lower Level                         Silent Auction / Raffle Ticket Sales and Drawing

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.

We enter Hidden Lake Gardens.         Fred & the Seerys at the park entrance booth.          Wow, actual dinosaurs roam the 755 acre grounds!

The WLEC & NEMC SDC Chapters attended a joint event at this year's Woodward Dream Cruise. We were part of the 40,000 vehicles & 1,000,000+ attendees. A BIG thank you to Joe Papai who again worked his magic to obtain 15 parking spots for us on Old Woodward in Birmingham. We displayed 8 Avantis & 7 Studebakers to "WOW" the public again this year.               

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.

Linda & Rita at our Recruitment Stand.     Jerry purchasing a CZM Coin Tray.    Steve showing his 1924 "Big 6" next to Marcia's 1892 Stude Buggy.

The WLEC's July 14th tour of the JH Fentress Popcorn Museum was pleasing to the eyes & tastebuds as Jim Fentress popped us some corn to snack on. It was great to return and view the additions to this museum. Our last tour was over 5 years ago. Next we went to Charlie's for lunch and a meeting. Thanks to Jim Pfleger for arranging our great day in Holland & Toledo.

A CaptainVideo YouTube Clip of our day.

Our Fall Color Tour & Poker Run took place on Sunday October 7th. We met at Cabela's in Dundee and then headed west on M-50, 13 miles, to Hayden Ford-Mill in Tecumseh, MI. Next we cruised west another 13 miles on M-50 to HLG (Hidden Lake Gardens) in Tipton, MI.   HLG is a 755 acre botanical garden owned & maintained by Michigan State Univ. After our tour there, we drove back east 26 miles to Dundee for lunch & a meeting at the Great Lakes Eatery & Ale restaurant, just off of Cabela's Blvd.

Thanks to Ed & Linda Costell for again organizing our annual Fall Event. . 

Registration & Hospitality & 50/50                                                   Vendors & Car Show & Judging

December 3, 2017

Bush's '50/'84 Studemino                             Bev & Heidi getting ready to cruise.                    Ed handing out water & snacks for the morning.

We enter Hayden-Ford Mill, 1/2 way to Tipton.    Linda offers Poker Cards for the Run.         Fred joins the gang in his '64 Avanti.

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.

Stinson Tent Raising & Lowering & Parker Banner Raising               Cruise to Mom's Diner via Wooden Covered Bridge & Forest

On Father's Day, Sunday June 17th, the 31st annual Eyes on Design Car Show was held at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford Estate at Grosse Pointe Shores. Several WLEC / AOAI Members displayed their cars there.