We had a full day on tap for Thursday on the AMSOIL Woodward Dream Cruise Week Road Tour. After our daily morning meeting we made the 45-minute drive to the Lingenfelter Collection in Wixom, Michigan. The Lingenfelter name is synonymous with high-performance upgrades to Corvettes and Camaros. They make already-fast GM vehicles go really, really fast. Owner Ken Lingenfelter has been a friend of our Road Tour program for many years. When we are in Detroit, Ken has always welcomed us to see his private collection of vehicles and the vehicles that the company has in their “fleet.” Once you step into the building you know that Ken’s tastes lean to the exotics, as row after row of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and European supercars take your breath away. The middle room is filled with rare vintage Corvettes and Camaros that have had the Lingenfelter touch. The third room has a wide range a special-interest vehicles, including some classic hot rods and modern muscle cars. Ken was on hand during our visit and answered all of our questions about the vehicles. It was a great morning and many thanks to Ken and the staff at Lingenfelter Performance Engineering for making us feel so welcome.
Before lunch we made a quick stop at the M-1 Concourse in Pontiac. This facility can best be described as condos for cars. Private car enthusiasts purchase a “garage” for their vehicles. In the center of the huge facility is a road race course that is available to the condo owners. There was a special function taking place when we stopped so we were not able to get a full tour but the setup looks fantastic.
After lunch we headed to the Jack Frost Collection in Washington, Michigan. The story behind the Jack Frost Collection is as amazing as the items that were on display. Jack Frost was the owner of the largest specialty lighting company in Michigan during from the ’30s-’60s. The company supplied lighting for indoor and outdoor events and activities not only in the Detroit area but in the entire Eastern United States. Jack was also a car enthusiast who had a love for Rolls-Royce vehicles, and was the founder of the Rolls-Royce Club in Detroit. After Jack Frost died the entire facility was acquired by contractor and car enthusiast Dale Wells. Dale and his staff have begun to set up the collection of memorabilia and autos as a museum that will soon be open to the public. They also have a complete auto restoration facility on the property to work on the museum vehicles and also those of the general public. It is a step back in time when you visit the Jack A. Frost Museum. Thanks to Dale Wells and his staff for showing us the amazing treasures of Jack Frost.
We had a special treat on Thursday evening. We had been invited to a special party at the home of longtime Road Tourians Gina and Bob Adams. The Adams have been involved in the Detroit car scene for many years and Bob is an officer with the Michigan Hot Rod Association. When we arrived we realized this was not a small affair. There were local hot rods covering the beautiful back lawn and it was a who’s who of the Southeast Michigan hot rod and special-interest car community. The food was fantastic and there was a live band for entertainment. It was an evening to remember and we were so pleased to be a part of the event. Thanks to Gina and Bob for welcoming us to their home and for the special evening.
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