53rd Annual Meet

53rd Annual Meet
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wheelmen at
The Old Car Festival at Greenfield Village
Hope the New Year is off to a great start for everyone! The Michigan Wheelmen would like to invite you to the 53rd Annual Meet, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wheelmen participating in The Old Car Festival at Greenfield Village, Dearborn, MI. Hopefully, you already read the article “Can You Believe It? 50 Years!” from the last Wheelmen Newsletter, and are looking forward to joining us September 9-13, 2020.
Our meet will again take place during The Old Car Festival. This festival, which began in 1950, celebrates automobiles from the beginning of the automobile up to 1932. In 1970, some of our early members got our club involved in this event. Many of you may remember that in 1995 the Wheelmen celebrated our 25th anniversary of participation, by holding our annual national meet at the Old Car Festival (OCF). This meet brought 473 members and families to Michigan.
Greenfield Village is part of The Henry Ford. The Henry Ford (THF) is a large indoor and outdoor history museum complex and a National Historic Landmark located in Southeastern Michigan. The museum collection contains the presidential limousine of John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln’s chair from Ford’s Theatre, Thomas Edison’s laboratory, the Wright Brothers’ bicycle shop, the Rosa Parks bus, many other historical exhibits, and the Benson Ford Research Library. Close to 2 million people visit these historic attractions annually. Here are a couple of links to give you an idea of what to look forward to during the 2020 Meet:
Meet Details
Some of the following information was in the last newsletter, but to help you with planning we are including it here. Please notice the Lodging information, as rooms are on a first come, first served basis. A normal national meet starts Wednesday evening with a century/welcome meeting and registration pickup, and runs through Saturday night, with everyone leaving for home on Sunday morning. Because this meet is tied to the festival, which is a Saturday/Sunday event, we’ve had to adjust the normal schedule. However, we tried to build flexibility into the schedule in case members need to arrive late or leave early. The following schedule is subject to change:
Wednesday, September 9
Arrive for the Welcome/Ride meeting and packet pickup.
Thursday, September 10
There has been discussion about whether we will do a century ride at this meet. Due to the metropolitan Detroit area traffic and growth, doing a century nearby would be unsafe. However, if you do want to ride 100 miles, MI Wheelmen John Grace’s Lansing to Dearborn Antique Car Run, might be just your ticket. More details will be available later. The Wheelmen have been involved with this ride periodically since 1985. All riders will have to be self-supported. However, we are being given a VERY special opportunity. This has never been done before! EVER! Jim Johnson, Director of Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford, has given us a thumbs-up to hold a 50 Mile Ride within the Village to commemorate our 50th anniversary. Period clothing is required, and you will receive a special hangar bar for your Meet Medal. Meet medals are being designed by Wil Hentges of MI. He is the artist who designed the beautiful meet medal and t-shirt for the 2011 Annual Meet held on Mackinac Island. Packet pickup for late arrivals.
Friday, September 11
Possible activities include: Swap Meet, Lunch/Awards Banquet, Ford Factory Tour, Henry Ford Estate Tour, Annual Business Meeting, Henry Ford Museum, Evening Mixer at Greenfield Village.
Saturday, September 12
OHWT, Demo, Group Photo, Games, Ice Cream Social, Lamplight Ride, Fireworks.
Sunday, September 13
Sunday will be a repeat of Saturday minus the OHWT and Group Photo. Village Closes at 5p.m. and the Meet is concluded. As you can see, we have a lot of activities for your enjoyment. Saturday and Sunday, you’ll be surrounded by 600-700 antique automobiles doing their own activities. When you register for the Meet, you’ll be allowed the usage of both the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village for all of the days that you are at the Meet, at no additional charge.
Contracts have been signed at two hotels. The hotels are adjacent to each other and 4.5 miles from The Henry Ford. These live links will take you directly to our special group room rates. Rates (for both hotels) are: King with fridge/microwave, $109 plus taxes. Two Queens with fridge/microwave, $114 plus taxes. If you would prefer to phone in your reservation, see the direct numbers below. (800 numbers could lead to confusion, so please use the following numbers.) If you call in your reservation you MUST mention “Wheelmen Annual Meet” to get the special rate.
Periodically we will be sending emails with information and live links. If your email address is incorrect in the Wheelmen Roster, or you do not have one listed, and you are interested in staying informed, please send your correct email address to bswheels@comcast.net
Feel free to email or call if you have any questions. 734-377-6953.
Hope to see you in September, 2020!
Meet Captain,
Bill Smith