Back to the Warehouse

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Living in Michigan is a double-edged sword, anywhere in the all four seasons is really, but Michigan seems to be slightly different. As I always say, we’re the home of the Motor City, we basically have fuel in our veins. But when November or December rolls around we loose the ability to enjoy our passion. People park their cars and stash them away for the winter, and the roads are filled with boring basic cars for what feels like forever.

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After two years of tough winters, it seems like we’ve been given a break this year. It’s still early November, but we’re still hitting the mid 50s, which I’ll take every time. Which leads into the show we have here. Every first Saturday of the month at a nondescript warehouse around Ann Arbor, MI, one of the best car shows I have ever been to takes place.

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And there’s no better way to showcase this but with two GT40s and a Ford GT. Although both of GT40s are replicas, they’re still eye catching cars that will grab the attention of anyone within eye shot of them.

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While looking at the GT40s, this 1936 Bentley 4 1/4 drove by. I’ve been to a lot of car shows in Michigan, and I have never seen this Bentley before. That’s why I love this show, every month something new shows up.

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Keeping with the ’30s theme, this Lagonda V12 is a local car that is usually stored in the warehouse. You have to love an era of cars where 4 1/4 inline sixes and massive V12s were somewhat the norm.

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But then I was distracted by my absolute favorite car in all of Michigan.

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I’ve been seeing this Porsche for a couple years now, and I never get tired of seeing it. Everything about it is perfect to me, even the color.

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One of the reasons I love it, it’s clearly used. It’c clean, but the paint is chipped in areas and there’s dirt and road grime behind the wheels. The roll cage, color matched Fuchs, just perfect.

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And it also runs four exhausts. If you couldn’t tell, I never get enough of this car. Every car show I go to, I hope for the purple Porsche to show up.

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Along with the Porsche, another favorite car of mine was on hand. This is a Panhard 24. This is the car that kickstarted my interest in French cars. They’re an interesting car, a two cylinder boxer pushing out up to 50 horsepower. It’s weird, quirky, and slightly ugly. But I love it.

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It also has some of the coolest gauges ever. You can’t get more art deco than this.

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Inside the warehouse, not too much has changed since the last story I did back in 2012. Cars come and go, sometimes new ones show up and old ones go away. But the only thing that matters is the smell. A little bit of gas, some oil, that old building smell. That’s when you know you’re in the right place.

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While the Porsche and Panhard show up in the parking lot, one of my favorite cars in the warehouse itself is this 512BB. I like Ferraris, but I’m not that into them. But seeing a car like this parked way back with a Thunderbird is just an awesome sight.

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Continuing on with the flat Italian design, how can you skip the Countach? Even now the design would still make an amazing poster car.

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Like the 512, the Countach is just packed in with a Morgan, Jaguar XKE, Lotus Elan and a Mercedes. I love the warehouse because all the cars are even. There’s no premium spots, or no special treatment for certain cars. They’re all just parked together in no order.

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One last Italian wedge is the Pantera. And I bet you’ve never seen a sleepy eyed Pantera on top of that.

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The other cool thing about the warehouse is all the cars are in various states of repair. This Pantera has been being worked on for years. But it’s cool to see how much the engine sticks through into the cabin.

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Right next to it was a Mercedes with absolutely no engine at all.

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A BMW Isetta shell was a new addition to the whole warehouse. Probably in for a restoration job, the entire shell is held up on the a wooden stand. Talk about easy and saving space.

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Once noon rolls around all the cars that drove in start to roll out. Two Shelby Daytona replicas showed up, and like the GT40s they still look amazing.

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And for a little British flavor was this TVR Griffith, or as they were sold in the states, the Griffith Series 200. Basically, Jack Griffith, a Long Island Ford dealer was having dinner with Carrol Shelby one night and declared he could build a car better than the Cobra. So after getting some TVR Granturas and stuffing a Ford V8 under the hood, as you do, they then became the Griffith Series 200.

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Less than 200 of these Series 200s were made in 1965, which goes to show you never know what might show up at the warehouse. But with December’s meet coming up and the ever present threat of snow, next month’s show might be a little light. But knowing the people that attend the show at the warehouse, you never know what might still show up.

Delaney

Email: delaney@lifebalsters.com
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