President's Message

The Dodge Brothers Centennial Tour has come and gone as 315 participants with 80 DBs descended on the Detroit area during the week of June 23. Other than a few break downs, a couple of missed turns, some bumpy roads and rain showers on Tuesday, the urban touring went well. People from six countries, including two from Sweden, four from the United Kingdom (with their cars), 26 from Canada and a large contingent from the Dodge Brothers Club of Australasia, joined in the week’s activities. One third of the attendees had not been to a DBC national tour before.
On Monday we visited the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village to see the largest collection of Americana outside of the Smithsonian. Tuesday took us to the beautiful home of Edsel and Eleanor Ford and the 1904 Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, the only early automobile factory open for touring. Wednesday was a bus trip to the fabulous Gilmore Car Museum. Thursday, we participated in “Dodge Days” at Meadow Brook Hall. The day began with a photo shoot of our cars and their drivers, followed by a public car show with our cars stationed at various places on the grounds surrounding the mansion. We were treated to a ribbon cutting ceremony opening the new Dodge Brothers displays in the Family garage and Danny’s Cabin and a viewing of the last two cars owned by John and Horace Dodge. These displays are the first steps in the creation of a Dodge Brothers Museum at Meadow Brook. There is some exciting news about our future Dodge Brothers Museum. Please see the related article elsewhere in this issue. That evening we had the Centennial banquet in the outdoor pavilion behind the Hall. Friday began with a member to member swap meet in the hotel parking lot. We then drove our cars to Golling Dodge for lunch and a visit to a modern mega-dealership that sells all of the Fiat Chrysler brands under one roof. In the afternoon we had a private tour of the Walter P. Chrysler Museum to see the great collection of Chrysler heritage vehicles which, sadly, are no longer available for public viewing. The week ended with a 100th birthday cake and coffee reception at the host hotel.e wish to thank all who were able to participate in the Centennial those of you who brought your Dodge Brothers vehicles. But remember, the celebration isn’t over. There are still centennial events to come where Dodge Brothers will get special attention: Das Awkscht Fescht at Macungie, PA in August, Old Car Festival at Dearborn, MI and Ironstone Concourse ‘d Elegance at Murphys, CA in September and , of course, Hershey in October. Get to one of these events, with your car, if you can. Finally, if you had a good time at this meet or if you were not able to make it this year, set aside June 14 – 20 next year for the Hawkeye Heritage Tour in Ames, IA. Details coming soon. See you in Iowa! Barry