Michgan Mille started in 2006 with humble beginnnings. What started as a couple of people wanting to get their cars out for some back road exercise has turned into a premier rally for sports and classic cars. The first year we had nine cars and twelve people join us in 10 cars and one very fast chase truck. The trip was a circumnavigation of the lower peninsula of Michigan with stops at many of the lighthouses that dot the shoreline of this wonderful state. We also had a boat cruise on Mullet Lake. The following pictures will remind those that attended of the great time we all had on the very first Michigan Mille.
In 2007 we headed to Indiana for a tour of car museums. First on the list was the world renowned Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners Michigan. We had few more cars that year. We went over Labor Day weekend to catch the famous ACD event in Auburn Indiana. First stop on the trip was the world famous Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners Michigan. Without a doubt one of the finest car museums and certainly one of the nicest settings for any museum.
Uncustomairly we did get off course and had to stop at a local campgrounds for directions. The problem is that the people there did not know where we were either, forcing us to figure it out on our own.
We had some wonderful meals and what meal would be complete without and after-dinner cigar.
We did find out way to South Bend, the home of Studebaker and the museum there celebrating that now defunct car company. All in all a great rally with exciting auto related stops and lots of nice roads in between.
The following year it was back to our traditional Father’s Day weekend timing and for our third year we headed to Cayahuga Falls Ohio and the roads around the Amish country. This year was our first year staying in one hotel for the entire trip. This
“cloverleaf” idea called for a different route each day and we certainly found a lot of nice roads to explore in eastern Ohio. We did experience a few minor mechanical problems on this trip.
Some of the more memorable aspects of MMIII were being joined by Kurt once again but not as a navigator but with his 1930 8 litre Bentley. Our growth continued this year. We had 15 cars. We visited the Packard museum in Warren Ohio, Summit Racing had their open house in one of our very few days of rain in all of the Mille’s and on Sunday before heading home a quick stop at the Antique, Classic and Collector Car Show at Stan Hywet Mansion, home to the founder of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
Did I mention that we had a couple of technical difficulties this year.
Michigan Mille IV took us across the state to Ludington Michigan. The next morning we boarded the coal fired ferry that has been plying the waters of Lake Michigan for almost 100 years. Once we landed in Wisconsin we headed north thru the Door Peninsula and eventually found our way to St Ignace in the upper peninsula of Michigan.
Our timing coincided with the annual St Ignace car show which was in full bloom when we arrived.
The next year, 2009 for the fifth running we again went back to the northwest corner of the state to relive some of the great times and experience some of the finer roads we found in our inaugural outing. We based in Traverse City and explored both the Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas as well as a tour of a private car collection. Haggerty insurance, based in Traverse City hosted us to a dinner and showed us many of the vehicles of their collection.
2010 found us heading back to Ohio and the Columbus area to explore the wonderful roads in and around Hocking Hills State Park. Our numbers had swollen to about 30 participants, and clearly the highlight was the fabulous roads we discovered. We did have a failed attempt to take a paddle wheeler ride for lunch one day in Zanesville, but while the caterer showed up with lunch the captain was nowhere to be found.