Marysville Car Show to celebrate 101st anniversary of automobile Wills Sainte Claire – The Voice
The Blue Water Region Antique Automobile Club of America and the Wills Sainte Claire Automobile Museum’s 29th Annual Marysville Auto Show will celebrate the 101st anniversary of the Wills Sainte Claire automobile.
“Our local group in the AACA-Blue Water region puts on a fantastic car show every year, and this year the brand honored is Wills Sainte Claire,” said Terry Ernest, director of the Wills Sainte Claire car museum. .
The Wills Sainte Claire automobile was manufactured in Marysville from 1921 to 1926, according to a recent press release from the museum. C. Harold Wills, Henry Ford’s first employee and chief engineer, left Ford’s job to manufacture the Wills Sainte Claire in Marysville and develop its “City of Contented Living” for all of its employees.
The Wills Sainte Claire Automotive Museum is a non-profit organization focused on educating and preserving the history of the Wills Sainte Claire automobile. It has been open for over 20 years.
The Marysville Car Show will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 12 at Marysville Park, located at 801 E. Huron Blvd. There will be 20 Wills Sainte Claire automobiles from across the United States on the show grounds.
“This is the largest gathering of Wills Sainte Claire cars since the factory opened 101 years ago,” the statement read.
To accomplish this, the Wills Sainte Claire Automotive Museum Board contacted all Wills Sainte Claire automobile owners and personally invited them to Marysville for the national meet with the goal of breaking the record for the largest number of Wills Sainte Claire cars in one location at the same location since the factory opened.
“Of the more than 12,000 Wills cars produced, only about 80 survive today,” Ernest said. “We should have 25% of all known cars in Marysville by Sunday, June 12.”
Ernest said organizers were initially going to hold a national 100th anniversary gathering, but COVID-19 demanded they delay the celebration for a year.
The show is open to all vehicles of all ages, including trucks, boats and motorcycles, and vehicles can be registered on the day of the show. All proceeds from the exhibit will go to support the Wills Sainte Claire Automobile Museum.
Ernest said there are about 70 people registered for the four days of events the museum will be hosting for museum members, including the June 12 car show which is open to the public.
“We are expecting over 100 cars for the auto show which is in conjunction with the Wills National Meet,” he said. “We hope to raise $10,000 for the continued operation of the museum.”
At the auto show, the public is encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy Marysville’s shady park, the statement said. Food vendors will be present throughout the day.
The entry fee is $15 per vehicle or $20 for vehicles to be judged. Cars will begin parking at 8 a.m. and dash plaques and awards will be handed out at 3 p.m.
For more information or to register, call Gary Minnie at 810-327-6721 or visit willsautomuseum.org/upcomingevents.htm.