Chesterfield County. The Automobile Museum prepares for the Autos for Autism event – The Voice


Cars and stars will come to the Stahls Automotive Foundation on July 22, when the Chesterfield Township Museum hosts the Autos for Autism fundraiser.

“Chasing Classic Cars,” TV show host Wayne Carini, Detroit Red Wings NHL defenseman Danny DeKeyser and Red Wings alumnus Darren McCarty will be in attendance for the fundraiser. The event is scheduled to take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Stahls Automotive Foundation, a non-profit organization that preserves, restores and displays vintage vehicles, musical machines and 20th century memorabilia.

“There are going to be different layers of tickets,” said Stahls chief executive Terri Coppens. “As a ticket package is the meeting with an autograph card and a thank you bag from Stahls, and another is just an entrance to the museum.”

Funds raised through Autos for Autism 2021 will benefit the Ted Lindsay Foundation, which supports autism research and education. This year’s fundraiser is the third organized by the Stahls Automotive Foundation. The first event took place in 2019, and in 2020 the event was revamped for online participation due to COVID-19.

“With all the restrictions lifted and everything, it seemed like a good time to get everyone out,” Coppens said.

VIP ticket holders will receive autograph cards for the event to get autographs from each special guest, admission to the museum, and a bag of goodies. Reserved entrance tickets to the museum will also be available.

During the event, the museum will exhibit special “guest” cars that are not normally available at the museum to the public. The museum will be open from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for ticket holders only.

Coppens estimated that meeting tickets would cost around $ 30 each, and museum tickets would cost around $ 15 for ages 12 and older. The number of meeting and hospitality tickets will be limited.

Pictured are Wayne Carini from the “Chasing Classic Cars” TV show, Mary Stahl and Stahls Automotive Foundation founder Ted Stahl.

The cruise portion of the event will take place outside the museum and available to the public at no cost, Coppens said. Owners of classic cars driving and parking can win prizes. Registration for the cruise is not required.

The cruise portion of the event will feature live music, a children’s bounce house, and a special Hagerty classic auto insurance tent, which has limited seating space. Tent space, water, and a Hagerty gift bag can be purchased for $ 10.

Participants can also purchase 50/50 raffle tickets to win prizes. The price of raffle tickets has not yet been determined.

An online auction began on July 7 as part of the event, offering prizes such as a tour for four of Jay Leno’s garage. Other items include donations from the classic rock band Kansas, VIP tickets to the Concourse of Elegance of America, a VIP package to the Woodward Dream Show at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, and other items.

Coppens said she expects the auction to end on July 21, allowing attendees to pick up their auction items at the event on July 22.

The museum is located at 56516 N. Bay Drive in the Township of Chesterfield. For more information, visit

Nicole Tuttle is a freelance journalist for MediaNews Group.


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