Members of the Society encourage research, preservation, recording, compilation, and publication of historical material of every type. We monitor the worldwide development of the automobile and related items, for their inception to the present. We also assist fellow members in obtaining historical information and material. For all members, the SAH provides camaraderie and the free exchange of knowledge and data. The Society's roster helps members and others locate persons with similar specialized interests. The Society's membership also includes corporations and institutions that actively support the recording and preservation of automotive history.

Cugnot Automobile

Cugnot Automobile
The first vehicle to move under its own power for which there is a record was designed by Nicholas Joseph Cugnot and constructed by M. Brezin in 1769. A replica of this vehicle is on display at the Conservatoire des Arts et Metiers, in Paris. I believe that the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D. C. also has a large (half size ?) scale model. A second unit was built in 1770 which weighed 8000 pounds and had a top speed on 2 miles per hour and on the cobble stone streets of Paris this was probably as fast as anyone wanted to go it. The picture shows the first model on its first drive around Paris were it hit and knocked down a stone wall. It also had a tendency to tip over frontward unless it was counterweighted with a canon in the rear. the purpose of the vehicle was to haul canons around town.

Leland Chapter Officers

John Jos Jendza III (Top Hat John) / Director

Jim Petersen / Associate Director

Victoria Mobley / Secretary/Treasurer

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

SAH / Henry M Leland Chapter
HOLIDAY GATHERING      $10/per person / includes tour & hors d'oeuvres
Saturday, November 30, 2013, 1pm - 4pm ..  RSVP to Victoria
Place: Classic & Exotic Service Inc.
2032 Heide, Troy, MI 48084

Classic & Exotic Service, Inc. has been restoring the finest American & European Classic cars since 1988.
Located in Troy, MI, with over 30,000 square feet of floor space and a staff of 30, they are one of the Midwest’s largest and most experienced restoration facilities.
Our host, Brian Joseph, and the talented craftsmen at Classic and Exotic Service in Troy, MI are opening their doors to our gathering and welcoming us in. Classic and Exotic Services Inc. are respected world-wide for their extensive restorations. Their work on Duesenberg’s,  Packard’s,  Bugatti’s, and Bentley’s have won awards from Pebble Beach, St. John's, CCCA, to Amelia Island. Current projects include: American Underslung, Cord, Peugeot, Maserati, Ferrari, Pierce Arrow, Hispano Suiza, Rolls Royce, a Tucker and more!
It is a rare opportunity to be invited to tour Classic & Exotic Service, Inc. It is not open to the public.

 John Jos. Jendza III/Top Hat John/Director, SAH/Leland  
 Jim Petersen/Associate Director, SAH/Leland
Victoria Mobley / Secretary-Treasurer, SAH/Leland


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Leland Chapter Visits The Bentley Historical Library & Automotive Research Center / Ann Arbor MI

Great successful meeting at The University of Michigan, at The Bentley Historical Library with our host Mr. Leonard Coombs, Principal Archivist and his associate Olga and at The Automotive Research Center with our host Anna Stefanopoulou and students. We enjoyed a tour with Leonard & Olga of the Library and a look at some pieces that were set out for viewing. We then walked over to the Automotive Research Center. Returning to The Library for Dessert & Cider and a meeting.
We had 30 members in attendance with many new people and those we haven't seen in years.
Member activities included Charles Hyde and his new book: Arsenal Of Democracy (At its Annual Meeting on September 27, the Historical Society of Michigan recognized my work with its Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award for "exceptional achievements in documenting and advancing Michigan history." This award dates from 2007, making me the seventh recipient. )
New guests Steve Stanford & Russ Dore (from the Henry Ford 150) You can visit them on facebook and .. They also talked about 'bus tours' with Bianco Bus Tour Company
Bill McGuire was in attendance (from Toledo) and shared his website .
Kevin & Jane McCabe made it all the way from the Windsor, Canada area. Making a suggestion of future meeting/gatherings at the newly renovated/with added exhibits at The Canadian Transportation Museum and Heritage Village
For more information on The Bentley Historical Library and The Automotive Research Center please visit their websites: and

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

We are happy to have scheduled a tour and meeting at The Bentley Library and The Automotive Research Center (ARC),
Ann Arbor, MI, Saturday, September 28, 2013. Our hosts will be Mr. Leonard Coombs/Principal Archivist/Bentley Library and Anna Stefanopoulou/Professor of Mechanical Engineering/Automotive Research Center Director.
The Bentley Library has automotive research materials as well as many wonderful surprises in their archives. The ARC is fascinating and it will be an honor to be taken on a tour. Take a look at both of the websites.
The Flyer has been attached as well as directions. The flyer when printed will be like a booklet (2-up/2sided). If you cannot print it let me know and I'll U.S. mail it to you.
Any questions please let me know asap.
***Update: 2013 membership ***we currently have 28 paid 2013 members (12 are NEW members to the Leland Chapter)***
Victoria Mobley
SAH/Leland - Secretary / Treasurer
John Jos Jendza III/Top Hat John - Director
Jim Petersen - Associate Director
Society of Automotive Historians/Leland Chapter
Tour / Gathering / Meeting
Saturday, September 28, 2013
11:00 am  – 3:30 pm
v     Bentley Historical Library
v     Automotive Research Center
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Bentley Historical Library
University of Michigan
1150 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Automotive Research Center (ARC)
1231 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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RSVP to Victoria Mobley by September 23, 2013 or 586-246-0312
$10.00/per person includes Lunch, Tours, Donation to Library

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Bill Porter / Ninth Annual Concours d'Elegance of Southwest Michigan, August 9 & 10, 2013
submitted by SAH/Leland Member Charlie Henry

Happiness is blue skies, great cars and Bill Porter at the Ninth Annual Concours d'Elegance of Southwest Michigan. The August 9 and 10 event honored Bill as its Featured Designer.

On Friday the 9th, show entrants enjoyed a reception, buffet dinner and an opportunity to meet and talk with Bill. After dinner, he reviewed the history of automotive design in a slide presentation entitled “Bombs and Fins.”

As part of the Saturday concours, show cars paraded before the spectators. The emcee, Ed Lucas, introduced each car and provided background information. Bill then described design features and explained their importance to the automotive industry and trade. During the award presentations, as the winners again passed in review, Bill expanded his commentary on design and style.
Proceeds from the Concours d’Elegance of Southwest Michigan benefit Hospice at Home, a local non-profit organization. Hospice at Home provides care to those in need of medical care, but with limited means to pay. The available services include health and wellness training, caregiver classes, grief counseling and pre-hospice programs

Photos of Bill Porter at the concours.
5980 – Title slide of his presentation
5983 – Wound up and steaming all ahead
6018 – With Ed Lucas at the announcer’s table
6024 – Commenting on features of cars passing in review
6026 – Ditto

Sunday, June 2, 2013

SAH/Leland at Roush Automotive Collection / A Special Cruise Night & Meeting

Henry M Leland Chapter
A Special Cruise Night
 *Open by Invitation & Reservation Only*
 Rain or Shine
 Special Parking for Collector Cars                                         
DATE:       Tuesday, June 4, 2013
TIME:          5pm - 8pm
Doors open at 4:30pm
PLACE:         The Roush Automotive Collection
 11851 Market Street, Livonia, MI 48150
FEE:                 $10/PER PERSON
Includes Tour, Food, Dessert, Soda
Door Prize Raffle Ticket (must be present to win)
 *RSVP by June 1, 2013 to: Victoria Mobley* or 586.246.0312

The Roush Automotive Collection, located in the Detroit
Metropolitan area, is a 30,000 sq. ft. private facility.
Housed within the collection are a wide variety of displays,
multi-media exhibits, artifacts, memorabilia and 110+ vehicles.

The collection contains educational exhibits of products and
processes from Roush Enterprises as a supplier of
technological services to the automotive industry, aviation
industry and other manufactured goods businesses.

Roush Racing is represented in the collection through
the preservation of race cars, trophies, team equipment,
photographs and other artifacts signifying over 40 years
of motor sports achievements.
















Saturday, May 5, 2012

Lingenfelter Collection Saturday 4/28/12

Great Tour at the Lingenfelter Collection on Saturday, April 28. Take a look for more pictures on thanks to Charles Krome. His 2 daughters joined us as well as students from the Wayne State Industrial Design Department. The future car guys among us. Pat Bisson gave an overview of SAH National and our web site . The web site is being updated by Mark Patrick who now resides in Florida. You can find Mark on Facebook and can also email him at for more information. Top Hat John, Pat Bisson, Leroy Cole did an excellent job introducing and talking with our special guests.