Northeastern Michigan Chapter - Studebaker Drivers Club
Share our passion for Studebakers & Avantis !
The Northeastern Michigan Chapter became a chartered SDC Chapter in 1999. We've been an active club with planned monthly events. Our Members attend local & national club venues and back in 2012 our club hosted the SDC Crossroads Zone Meet in Frankenmuth, Michigan.
We've never met a car we didn't like, but our personal favorites are Studebaker Cars & Trucks and Avantis. We love to display them at morning cars'n'coffee gatherings, cruise nights, parades, car shows and at our monthly club events. Please come by and check out our classic rides. Of course, questions are welcomed.
Who knew we’d run into Batman? Actually, the Batmobile. Not literally! Our trip south started innocently enough. As luck would have it, The Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology – organizers of The EyesOn Design event in Detroit (actually Grosse Pointe Shores) – scheduled a “pop-up event” to cruise Lake Shore Road the Sunday after IDYSD. Looking for excuses to take a road trip, Barbara and I planned our Saturday drive to Metro Detroit. Once there, we’d run a few chores and visit a few of my old haunts. Our first stop was the Northville Watch and Clock Shop to pick up my Howard Miller regulator I’d dropped off a few weeks earlier for cleaning. The watchmaker loved my car and had to excuse herself from the store to come visit. While the watchmaker was still working, I promised her a cruise on our next trip. COVID-19 just has a way of interfering with life. I’d forgotten to bring sanitizer! CVS (drug store) was our next and unscheduled stop. With 9/11 fresh on our minds, the next Kodak Moment was an easy one. The summer after September 11, 2001, a local artist painted the American Flag on the back of the now-closed Marquis Theater. The Marquis once (1970s) sold $1 tickets to the second running of contemporary films. In 2010, Barbara and I saw a Doo Wop performance there. Yes, we really saw Smokey Robinson! Hey(!), it’s after Labor Day – so, cider and donuts - a must! Parmenter’s Cider Mill, once owned by my son-in-law’s grandparents, was right around the corner. Oops…many others had similar thoughts. No cider and donuts but we managed a photo op. An overnighter surely includes a hotel, the Renaissance Baronette was our go-to place. Pre-COVID, our last stay had more creature comforts. Regardless, Marty knows how to make a mean martini. Mixing old with new, we stopped at the nearby Carvana Kiosk before dinner at Plymouth’s Cantoro’s Trattoria. Cantoro’s, a favorite, has great food – once the food ordered is delivered. …perhaps, a story for a one-on-one! What’s a final trip round the block in Northville without confirming the Long Lived Legend of Batman and Robin sightings? Whenever close, the afterburner actuator kicked in and quickly we were dispatched. Next time, perhaps, we’ll catch the elusive Masked Crusader of Northville! Bill (Accompanying photos below. CLICK ON A PHOTO TO READ CAPTION).