Vintage Motors News
Welcome to the Home Page of Vintage Motors USA, a car club started in the state of Michigan in 2012. To see what we accomplished in the past five years, click on the year that you are interested in: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.
The members of this club really enjoy cars & trucks made in the USA! These include antique, fully restored vehicles as well as modified/hot rods; custom vehicles; and "special interest" vehicles!
Our home page is intended to provide an ongoing chronicle of news, events, and other items of interest to members. In fact we encourage members and others to send items of potential interest to our WebMaster.
Holiday Party a Fun Event!
On December 17, 2016, Vintage Motors held its annual Holiday Gala in Livonia at Subu’s Leather Bottle Restaurant. The food was excellent and we had an open bar and music! About sixty club members/guests attended.
Young members enjoyed the party as did us older ones!
Roxanne and Mike Fontana, Phyllis Davidovich, Ed & Ellen Danes, and Cheryl Sauer did an outstanding job organizing the party! This year we again had a very skilled MC: Mike Fontana for the event.
There were many raffle prizes including poinsettias and dinner tickets to local restaurants!
Left: A great buffet at Leather Bottle! Right: Jerry Mattson receives Dick Monroe Memorial Award.
Core Group Member Jerry Mattson was awarded the 2016 Dick Monroe Memorial Award by Jim Goff and Larry Miller via a phone conversation. (Jerry, smarter than us, was in Florida!) Congratulations Jerry!
For more photos and a video of the event click here.
2017 Season Opener Event!
The 2017 season for VMUSA has officially begun! On Saturday, February 11, VMUSA; members of the Motor City Falcon Club; FMRCOA; family and guests gathered in Wixom to tour RM Motorsports and GR Auto Gallery. Grandparents brought grandchildren, parents brought children and friends brought friends to enjoy the day. It was time to get out and dust off the winter blahs.
Mike Fontana introduces our host Bud Bennett who explained the history & activities of RM Motorsports to us.
First stop was RM Motorsports, a high-end, professional restoration and build shop with a special focus on vintage race cars. Bud Bennett and his sons, Craig and Kirt, hosted our group as we toured their 20,000-sq. ft. building designed for custom work, complete restoration, racing preparation and support. Bud has always had a love of racing and shared his interest with his sons. Together they’ve turned their devotion to a hobby into a thriving business.
Our group wandered through million-dollar race cars, prototypes, custom restorations and 100 hp go karts. For an organization that doesn’t advertise and runs primarily on word of mouth references, their facility was filled. Every vehicle had its story, but of special note were the UOP (Universal Oil Products) car and the vehicle body sitting in the paint booth.
Racing is both expensive and dangerous. A while ago, Craig Bennett crashed in the 1000 hp, UOP car. Good thing the shop can repair/create any part for the car as it sustained over $175,000 in damage. Craig, on the other hand, survived $1.2 Million in “repairs” — frightening times for everyone.
Left: UOP race car. Right: RS 2600 Weslake Cologne Capri in paint booth.
The RM paint booth was holding the shell of a RS 2600 Weslake Cologne Capri. This is a very special vehicle because only 12 were made over a 5-year period, and it’s owned by one of our guests, Jon Pastucha. He plans to show her this June in Europe at the Goodwin Festival of Speed. We’ll be watching the internet to see how things go!
From RM Motorsports, we drove around the corner to GR Auto Gallery. GR is a consignment auto dealer with 3 locations in Michigan with one in Wixom. Our hosts, Brendan Blanchard and Eric Flack, opened on Saturday specifically for our group to tour their facility. GR has made selling your vehicle a no-fuss, no-muss operation. With sales of over 1,000 vehicles a year, they are willing to work with both seller and buyer to move your vehicle. All inventory is listed on the internet which gives them access to the entire world market. GR has worked with several of our members, all with positive results. Jerry Mitchell was so impressed with the operation that he left his Avanti to go on the market!
A great selection of cars at GR Auto Gallery!
By now, we had worked up an appetite for lunch and pizza was served. Our raffle was drawn and our lucky winners were Cheryl Sauer, Tony Fundaro, and Bob Scharf. Thank you to Van Nazarian for first introducing us to RM Motorsports and thank you to Mike Fontana for making the day happen. It was a good start to a great year! For more photos and a video of the event, click here.
Don looks hungry and Cheryl wins the 50-50!