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2021 Fall Drive

Updated: Nov 5, 2021

This year we did a joint fall event for members of JAGM and WDMGC.

On Saturday, October 2nd, we started the event by meeting at Stahl’s Automotive Collection in Chesterfield Township. Stahl’s is home to over 80 superb cars ranging from 1886 to the 1960s and restored and operational automated musical instruments dating from the early 20th century.

The first room in the museum is dedicated to unique and historic instruments. For example, we saw and heard the 1926 Hudfeld Phonoliszt-Violina. During most of our time there we heard music played on the Gruden Theatre Organ performed by their resident organist.

Next we moved into the second and larger room where over 80 cars were on display with special emphasis on the great cars of the 1930s and 1940s, along with a number of docents to provide details about any of the cars that peaked our interest. Also hanging about from the ceiling and walls were many pieces of automobile memorabilia.

After leaving Stahl’s Museum, we did a one hour drive over scenic back roads to Metamora. We were hoping to see substantial color change on our drive, but the color change was just starting. Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable ride on a nice fall day.

Upon arrival at Metamora, we enjoyed lunch at the White Horse Inn in their first floor private dining room.

After lunch, we drove another hour on more scenic back roads over to Linden to the Mueller Orchard & Cider Mill to enjoy cider coolers and donuts. A tractor meet was underway so we had a chance to view some older John Deere and Farmall tractors among others.

About 5 PM, most were heading home after an enjoyable outing with other car enthusiasts.

Phil Crutchfield

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