2nd Annual MFD Classic Motors Spring Road Rally

Rally driversHere is a great group of car enthusiasts that joined us for a perfect day on our 2nd annual MFD Classic Motors Spring Road Rally!

Our Rally through Leelanau County was met with Cherry blossoms, panoramic views and many great memories!

Special thanks to Dean Carrol of Lemay Car Museums Club Auto, Lochenheath Golf Club, The Leland Lodge, Dan McDavid and TC Photo’s to name of few that made this event so special!

SVRA Mail Bag

Tony,

On behalf of myself (Healey 3000), wife Dawn (Lotus S7) and our MFD Classic Motor Team we truly enjoyed a wonderful experience at Amelia. It not only went smoothly but the unusual run on the historic airfield site made it all the more entertaining. Your Team was once again on top and handled the conditions with class!

For me personally, I thank you and Pam for parting with the event banner. It will hang with pride near my Bocar, pictured on the banner as it ran in 1960 on that very course!

We are looking forward to see you all at Road America in May. Meanwhile, be safe, healthy and smile!!

Cheers’

Mike and Dawn Fisher

A salute to classic car community heroes and heroines

First week, the classic car hobby celebrated its seventh annual Collector Car Appreciation Day, a day staged under proclamation of the U.S. Senate, promoted by SEMA (the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association) and involving a series of car shows from coast to coast and border to border.

And if you are fortunate to live in the right area, you could celebrate with Hagerty, the insurance and valuation provider, which again rolled back the clock by taking over a service station — this year an iconic structure in Beverly Hills, California — and offering a full-service fill up of your classic car’s tank at whatever the price of a gallon was when the car was produced.

“This day is about celebrating America’s love affair with the automobile and more importantly encouraging people to get their cars out of the garage for a weekend of summer cruising,” said McKeel Hagerty, chief executive of the family-owned company.“This event transforms the owners back to the time their car was new and full service gas stations were the norm.”

ClassicCars.com got into the celebration two ways this year, sponsoring a car show in Arizona and, for the second year in a row, asking you, our readers, to submit your nominations for the people who should be recognized as Classic Car Community Heroes or Heroines.

“Collector Car Appreciation Day is a great opportunity for us to celebrate and honor the people who make this hobby tick, and give back in so many ways to the community,”  said Roger Falcione, chief executive of ClassicCars.com

Speaking of Beverly Hills, Jay Leno was nominated because of all he does for the hobby (much of it anonymously, or at least without any public fanfare) — and for the attention he brings to the classic car community.

And Jay’s in very good company this year as we salute the other heroes and sheroes:

Ronnie Reed of Maricopa, Arizona, was nominated because he donated his dream car, a 1977 Chevrolet Caprice, to the Walk by Faith raffle to raise money for the construction of a new church and facilities to provide empowerment workshops, day care and pre-school facilities and a community food pantry and kitchen that will provide meals for children during non-school months.

James-at-MFD-Traverse-cityReed is in the vehicle restoration business. Another nominee involved in the professional side of the hobby is Dawn Fisher. Dawn and her husband Mike own MFC Classic Motors, a 35,000-square-foot facility in northern Michigan where they house their own vintage and race cars and also provide storage space for others. The facility also houses Hammer and Dolly Restoration and the Grand Rapids Auto Gallery. We’ll let Jim Hoffman take it from there:

“On a visit there with my 8-year-old grandson, James, Dawn took the time to show and tell us about their prized possession, with stories of their racing experience, restoring old cars, history of some of the vehicles. My grandson James is now an over-the-top car enthusiast. Dawn let him sit in a few of their classics while telling us about their history. Mike even gave James a cap of an Audi S4 (one of his race cars) and signed it. Above and beyond being kind to us, Dawn totally deserves this award recognition.

 

Award Time on the 18th Green

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A great article in Avanti Magazine about the ’63 Avanti that resides here at MFD Classic Motors!

By Lewis Schucart

Avanti Magazine Editor

PLYMOUTH, Mich. –  The Concours d’Elegance of America was held at the Inn at St. John’s on Sunday, July 28t, 2013.  The show featured “invitation only” world class vehicles showcased on the grounds of this magnificent facility, and the fourth Avanti produced joined the stellar lineup.

This year’s event included a tribute for London to Brighton, Auburn/Cords, electric cars:  past, present and future, Jet Age vehicles, 50th Anniversary of the 1963 Studebaker Avanti, the 1963 split-window Corvette, and the Porsche 911.

AOAI members Mike and Dawn Fisher of Traverse City, Mich., had their white R2 automatic Avanti transported to the show by Adam L. Hammer.  The Fishers were not able to be at the show, but nevertheless, their Avantu won a purple ribbon the Lion’s Award in their class for Americvan postwar cars from 1960 to 1970.

The Fishers acquired their ’63 Avanti at the Gooding & Company auction in January in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Avanti Magazine #161).

The Best in Show American Car went to the 1933 Chrysler Imperial Dual Cowl Phaeton.

In 2013, the Concours d”elegance paid tribute to the cars that were in the movie “The Great Race.”

In addition to the cars were giclee prints, which are reproductions made from original art and an invitational art exhibit tent.

Prior to the Sunday concours, RM Auctions held an indoor event that featured three models from the Studebaker.  A 1941 Studebaker Commander DeLux-Tone Sedan sold for $29,700;  1958 Packard Hawk sold for &88,000; and a 1957 Packard Clipper Country Sedan station wagon solve for $44,000.

A 1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual-Cowl Phaeton solve for %682,000 and was the top-selling vehicle.  Other top sellers include a 1932 Packard Individual Custom Eight Convertible Victoria for $374,000, a 1932 Packard Twin Six Sport Phaeton for $330,000 and a 1933 Marmon Sixteen Five-Passeneger Sedan for $330,000.

Sunday’s exhibition capped several days of concours events, including an Automotive Hall of Fame induction and awards event on Thursday, tours of two private car collections in the area on Friday, an auction of collectibles on Saturday and a Saturday night gala.