Get your mo­tor run­nin’

Clas­sic cars cruise through St. Michaels for mo­tor mu­seum fundraiser pa­rade

Sunday Star - - FRONT PAGE - By CHRIS POLK cpolk@star­dem.com

ST. MICHAELS — For­get about the Macy’s Pa­rade — Thanks­giv­ing is just around the cor­ner when the tem­per­a­tures turn crisp and you spy a line of vin­tage Rolls Royces, Stutzs and Due­sen­bergs mov­ing down Tal­bot Street.

Sat­ur­day, Nov. 18, was the last ma­jor event and fundraiser for the Clas­sic Mo­tor Mu­seum of St. Michaels, the Thanks­giv­ing Pa­rade of clas­sic cars.

Fifty-six sedans, con­vert­ibles, coupes trucks and tour­ing cars shim­mered in the bright au­tumn as they cruised through town.

The mood was hol­i­day fes­tive as, one by one, the cars were parked in the mu­seum’s new park­ing lot that sur­rounds its build­ing com­plex on Merengo Street.

Since its “soft” open­ing in Au­gust, the new, spa­cious main build­ing of the mu­seum has had about 1,500 vis­i­tors, said Linda Had­daway King, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the mu­seum.

“This is the next big thing in St. Michaels,” King said.

Or­ga­niz­ers say the mu­seum is a “liv­ing” mu­seum, mean­ing the cars are not just on dis­play. They are used and some quite fre­quently.

The col­lec­tion ro­tates fre­quently so there al­ways is some­thing new to see.

Au­to­mo­tive restora­tion has be­come a high art, ac­cord­ing to mu­seum of­fi­cials, and they have be­come aware that it is an art fewer and fewer crafts­men fol­low.

In an ef­fort to en­gage young peo­ple and foster the next gen­er­a­tion of au­to­mo­tive crafts­men, the mu­seum re­cently launched “First Gear,” an ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram in part­ner­ship with St. Michaels Mid­dle High School.

Five stu­dents cur­rently are restor­ing a 1938 Alvis, one of many clas­sic ve­hi­cles pro­duced by the Alvis com­pany in Britain from 1919 to 1967.

Stu­dents al­ready have re­stored the chas­sis, and now other parts of the car will be worked on, King said.

Restora­tion les­sons are be­ing of­fered un­der the guid­ance of Mike Kealy of Bay Hun­dred Au­to­mo­tive.

There also is a St. Michaels Car Club at the high school, which is look­ing to be in­ducted into the Bay Coun­try Re­gion chap­ter of the An­tique Au­to­mo­tive Club of Amer­ica.

King said there are plans to turn a cur­rent stor­age build­ing into a class­room and li­brary.

The Clas­sic Mo­tor Mu­seum of St. Michaels is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri­day, Sat­ur­day and Sun­day through the last day of Christ­mas in St. Michaels, Dec. 10.

Win­ter hours are 11 a.m to 5 p.m. Satur­days only.

For in­for­ma­tion, visit www.clas­sic­mo­tor­mu­seum.org.

PHOTO BY CHRIS POLK

Rare, clas­sic and his­toric ve­hi­cles cruise down Tal­bot Street Sat­ur­day in the an­nual Thanks­giv­ing pa­rade given by the Clas­sic Mo­tor Mu­seum of St. Michaels.

PHOTO BY CHRIS POLK

Julie Heikes cruises be­hind the wheel with friends in a 1966 pink Cadil­lac owned by Vic­tor DuPont on Sat­ur­day in the an­nual Thanks­giv­ing pa­rade given by the Clas­sic Mo­tor Mu­seum of St. Michaels.

PHO­TOS BY CHRIS POLK

St. Michaels Fire De­part­ment’s vin­tage lad­der truck is one of the show­pieces Sat­ur­day in the an­nual Thanks­giv­ing pa­rade given by the Clas­sic Mo­tor Mu­seum of St. Michaels.

A speedy Tri­umph TR6 that ran the roads in 1973 takes spec­ta­tors back to a sim­pler time on Tal­bot Street Sat­ur­day in the an­nual Thanks­giv­ing pa­rade given by the Clas­sic Mo­tor Mu­seum of St. Michaels. The car is owned by Wayne Win­ter­ling.

Ken Bri­ers’ 1950 Ford F-1 pickup cruises down Tal­bot Street Sat­ur­day in the an­nual Thanks­giv­ing pa­rade given by the Clas­sic Mo­tor Mu­seum of St. Michaels.

Clas­sic cars, such as a 1932 Stutz, left, shine in the mu­seum park­ing lot af­ter the St. Michaels Clas­sic Mo­tor Mu­seum’s an­nual Thanks­giv­ing pa­rade on Thurs­day.

Re­tired Tal­bot County Cir­cuit Court Judge John North, cen­ter, cruises his 1933 Due­sen­berg Sat­ur­day in the an­nual Thanks­giv­ing pa­rade given by the Clas­sic Mo­tor Mu­seum of St. Michaels. Pas­sen­gers in­cluded Tom Seip, right, Florence Jack­son, cen­ter right, and Alexa Seip, right.

Ra­di­a­tor cap on a 1932 Stutz shines in the mu­seum park­ing lot af­ter the St. Michaels Clas­sic Mo­tor Mu­seum’s an­nual Thanks­giv­ing pa­rade on Thurs­day.

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