Columbus – July 2017 – Smokin’ Saturday Evening

Each July there is a car event in Columbus called the ‘Goodguys’, which attracts thousands of classic cars to town. After the event on Saturday many make their way to the Polaris area where they gather in a parking lot for Quaker Steak and Lube.

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There was a large collection of (mostly) Harley Davidson motorcycles

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Nearly all of the vehicles were extensively customized.

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The police were on hand – not to give out tickets – but to rate their burnouts.

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London, OH – June 2017 – Cobra Club Gathering

In the early 1960s small British car manufacturer AC partnered with famed automotive genius Carroll Shelby to build the Cobra. This fabulous 2 seater has remained to this day one of the best examples of a sports car ever built.

A series of events over the years has lead to a large ‘replica’ market. We caught up with the Cobra Club at a truck stop near an interstate west of Columbus as they prepared to parade into the small town of London. With nearly 100 Cobra’s it was impossible for me to find the replica’s from the originals. Either way it was an impressive site, these spectacular sports cars gathered amongst the trucks.

 

Cars were from all over the U.S. and Canada.

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A Daytona – original or replica???

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The parade awaits…

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They are off…

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Enthusiastically…

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Some proud Canadians…

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An unusual site for those not expecting it, these classic cars sailing across the Ohio soybean and cornfields.

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Brighton, MI – June 2017 – Lingenfelter Collection

As part of the weekend long ‘Eyes on Design’ car show the Lingenfelter Collection had an open house. Owned by Ken Lingenfelter, who runs a business that specializes in engineering high performance automobile modifications.

The collection included a number of Ferrari’s, a Bugatti, and numerous Corvettes. It was held in their garage in an industrial park in far suburban Detroit.

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Buffalo – May 2017 – Pierce Arrow Museum

The Pierce Arrow Motor Car Company was one of the first luxury cars ever built. They were so well known for luxury William Howard Taft ordered two as the first presidential vehicles.

George Pierce had started out building bicycles in the 1890s before moving on to cars. He also ended up building motorcycles and trucks in addition to the cars.

The Pierce Arrow Museum was opened in 2001 in an old Mack Truck showroom. A new expansion recently completed has the full size Frank Lloyd Wright design filling station

 

The entrance to the new section

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The drum from the company band in the early 1900s

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Two famed Pierce Arrow hood ornaments

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Artwork in the bicycle section

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One of the recently donated Corvettes

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The filling station

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A couple of classic Auburns.

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Columbus – April 2017 – Wagner Hagens Auto Museum

German Village in Columbus is a great neighborhood with mostly small brick houses, on very small lots, situated on small brick streets. Because of the demand for space in German Village I was amazed when I came across an article that talked about an ‘auto museum’ in the neighborhood. This is not a neighborhood where you would expect something like this.

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The Wagner Hagens Auto Museum was listed as being open by appointment, with a phone number listed. Once I called I spoke to Steve, who said we could come over that morning.

We arrived right as another group was leaving, and was able to find parking on the street just down the block. The garage door was open and we walked in to find a great collection of cars jammed in the garage.

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Steve welcomed us, and proceeded to tell us about he and his business partners passion of collecting, including not only the cars but a significant amount of memorabilia.

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Up front was a great collection of 50s ‘Detroit Iron’, a Nomad, Edsel, and many others. Towards the rear was a collection of Packards.

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While the 50s cars were nice, nothing compares in style to the Packards.

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Also throughout was Steve’s collection of unique license plates, which included many hard to find plates.

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Best of all were the stories that he shared on not only the acquisition of the cars, but also of the history of the cars themselves.

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Situated in an old auto shop garage, with most everything in original state, a visit to the Wagner Hagens Auto Museum is well worth the time. And it was topped off with a bratwurst sandwich at the nearby Mohawk Restaurant, what a perfect morning.