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Lansing to Dearborn Run
September 4-5, 2014

2014 Lansing to Dearborn Run


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2014 Lansing to Dearborn Run

September 4-5, 2014

Lansing, Michigan

(Special thanks to Sally Van Atta and Dorothy Grace for sharing their photos
Dorothy Grace for sharing her videos
& John Grace for writing a recap of the events)

          The 33rd running of the Lansing to Dearborn Run was held on Sept 4th and 5th, 2014. The Run is co-hosted by the Southern Michigan Motorist Regional group of the HCCA and the Snapper`s Brass & Gas Touring Region of the AACA. Participants came from as far as Australia and England. Participation was down slightly due to the loss of long time participant Patti Schaefer, who lost her fight with Alzheimers just 2 days before the run.

          31 participants left the Henry Ford Thursday morning and followed Hines Drive to a local Coney Island for breakfast. From there, the tour visited the Roush racing museum, and participants were able to see cars with horsepower far greater than they were driving. The next stop was at American Gear, where owner Jeff Emerson showed participants the process of gear making as they freely walked and viewed the machinery in the shop. American Gear is capable of making sprockets and straight cut gears of a variety of sizes. Some of the cars on tour have benefitted from their services. From there the run went to Lou and Mabel Fisher`s stationary engine collection. Tour participants toured several buildings of stationary engines that were in operation. The highlights of the collection were seeing the large engines run, including the 100hp Corliss steam engine with a 12ft flywheel and the 70hp Gardner Diesel. The next stop was at Dan and Susan Walter`s home, where they hosted a lunch for all the participants on the tour.    This was an ideal setting to visit with each other and make adjustments to the cars. From there, it was on to Okemos to the end of the day`s run. Like in past years, the Okemos Auto Collection allowed the tour cars to be stored overnight in their service bay. The cookout dinner ended the day.

          Friday morning had the remaining 27 participants head to Williamston Historical Museum for a coffee stop that was hosted by the tour founder`s wife, Sue Neller. It was then on to Gregory to the Richmond Air Field where 5 participants treated themselves to a glider ride. Meanwhile, several participants still on the ground used the time to change a tire on John Biggs` 1904 Ford AC that came all the way from England. The next stop was at Skip`s tractor repair, a third generation Fordson tractor dealer that supplies parts for vintage tractor restoration. Skip proudly showed his Ford tractor collection that included some unique models. The lunch stop was at the Mill Race Village, a village of restored historic buildings from the area. The town of Northville was also celebrating Victorian Days and a vintage clothing sale was held at the same time.

          The remaining 25 participants finished the day at The Henry Ford. The traditional Pizza Party was held in the parking lot and finished before the storm of the century hit. The Friday night showers and power loss in local hotels did not prevent the weekend weather from being beautiful as tour participants participated in the 64th Old Car Festival at Greenfield Village. This was a record year with approximately 850 cars, trucks, motorcycles and bicycles registered for the weekend event.