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As many of you know, the annual Father's Day car show held at Stan Hywet is one of longest running in the country, having just concluded its 52nd edition. I've been coming to this event since I was very young and have only missed a few in the past four decades. Unfortunately, out of town commitments dictated that I could not attend this year. I understand the weather was spectacular so I'm assuming that at least a couple of you reading this were among the ten thousand or so in attendance. I would love to read your comments about this year's event such as: Which cars did you like most? What did you think of the show overall? What family traditions do you have surrounding this event?
I received a form letter from a muckety-muck at GM yesterday. It thanked me for being a GM product owner (I still have the Chevy Suburban we bought new in '03) and politely asked that we continue to support their compnay by buying a new GM car.
To be honest, I've always been a Ford guy and most of the cars I own today are of foreign provenance. Having said that, the Suburban has served us flawlessly for the purpose which we purchased it. We have been considering retiring it to occassional use and replacing it in the daily fleet with something more efficient, so the GM letter was timely.
A few months ago I listed great automotive museums that are within the driving range of anyone in northeast Ohio. We are truly blessed to have so many world class automotive museums so close. One of my favorites is the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan-just north of Kalamazoo. What makes this museum so special is not just its car collections but where the cars are displayed-in restored barns. Don't laugh. The beautifully restored barns contains more than 175 vehicles, ranging from early brass era automobiles to Classic Era cars to muscle cars. And, if you're hungy you can visit a genuine old-time diner-complete with waitresses in vintage outfits! The museum's latest display is a look at the history of drag racing as in NHRA-complete with sound effects that will have you holding your ears! A room full of legendary dragsters are on display. Don't miss it.
By now, most of you have heard that the legal path has been cleared for the Italian car manufacturer, Fiat, to essentially acquire Chrysler. Since it has been over 25 years since Fiat cars have had a retail presence in the United States, it might be a good time to learn a bit about the company.
Fiat, which stands for "Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino" was founded in 1899. In a period of just a few years, it became Italy's largest auto manufacturer; a title it maintains to this day. In fact, it is Italy's largest industrial concern with 110,000 employees in Italy and roughly an equal number of employees around the world.