Director's Message

Welcome to the official website of the Spirit of St. Louis Region of the Classic Car Club of America. Founded in 1985, we are a non-profit organization whose mission is to further the enjoyment, restoration and preservation of distinctive motorcars produced during the period from 1915 through 1948, and foster a spirit of unequalled fellowship among those interested in the pinnacle of automotive design.  

Our Region is based in St. Louis, Missouri, and serves 100 members within the Eastern half of Missouri and Southwestern Illinois, in addition to several members from around the country. We are an active club and our events calendar includes monthly dinner outings called Spirit Nights, spring and fall driving tours to places of local interest, an annual picnic, and other social events throughout the year. Our bi-monthly newsletter, Spark Plug, includes pertinent news, an activities calendar, invitations to upcoming club events, and much more.

Ownership of a Classic automobile is not a prerequisite of membership. We encourage anyone with an appreciation or interest in cars of this era, and the friendship of fellow enthusiasts to consider joining our club.

Come join us...............

John J. Lowell
Regional Director

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News from around the ssr Region

Stately 1925 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Buckingham Limousine, owned by Wendell Smith
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The Andrae’s 63rd Wedding Anniversary
by Wendell Smith

On June 12, I had the pleasure of participating in a photo shoot on the occasion of Randall and Alean Andrae's 63rd wedding anniversary.  Cars have always been a major part of the Andrae’s lives, consequently, it was only appropriate that they capture their wedding anniversary by having a professional photographer take photos in their front yard with two special cars, a 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud and a 1925 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. The Cloud is actually Randall’s most recent acquisition. When Clouds came out the Andrae’s had two as their daily drivers.  According to……………………………..Continue Reading

The Experience Concours at CCCA Museum
Featuring Cadillac and LaSalle
by Duane Wesche

The event opened with a Museum Trustee meeting on Thursday night, May 31st.

SSR member Duane Wesche at The Experience alongside a 1934 LaSalle Convertible Coupe
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The following morning an overnight tour of western Michigan and the Lake Michigan shore was conducted. On Saturday June 2nd, the art exhibit opened at the CCCA Museum featuring works by Alex Buchan, David Chapple, Gerald Freeman, Tom Hale, Steve Macy and Dan McCrary. The group of us that did not do the overnight tour ate lunch at the Gull Lake Country Club and then were treated to antique wooden boat rides on the lake. Saturday evening the entire group had a dinner at the car museum with several speeches and introduction of the Grand Marshal, Clive Cussler, author of over 45 best-selling books and a noted collector of Classic automobiles.  The artists that were still present were also introduced.  I happened to sit with………………..Continue Reading

2018 Pierce-Arrow Gathering at Gilmore

August 23-26, 2018
by Duane Wesche

The group of about 100 people began to gather at the Plainwell, Michigan Comfort Inn on Wednesday, August 22nd.  The first official event was the welcome dinner held at a member’s home in Plainwell on Thursday evening.  Great food and a good time to get acquainted and reacquainted with everyone.

Pierce-Arrows gather at the start of the event

On Friday, the first day of touring took us through the back roads of western Michigan to the South Haven Yacht Club for lunch.  We stopped along the way to tour the mostly MOPAR collection of a former Chrysler dealer.  Guests were encouraged to stop and visit a large collection of large steam tractors as well as a small train museum along the way back to Plainwell.  We all came together for dinner in a private dining room at a nice local restaurant in Plainwell.  After dinner, some of us………………………..Continue Reading

SSR Members gather in the foreground of a 1928 Cunningham at the Concours d’Elegance of America, l-r Wendell Smith, Jan Yarbrough, John and Rose Gibson and Bob and Sonia Abbott

SSR Members Attend Concours d’Elegance of America
by Wendell Smith

Over the past few years several Spirit members have attended Grand Classics and Concours d’Elegance events in the Midwest. It is fun getting to see the wide variety of quality automobiles these shows attract and it is always interesting to visit with fellow enthusiasts. Also, the shows typically serve as fundraisers for worthy non-profit associations.  

Prior to its closing, The Art of the Car Concours in Kansas City, Missouri, a fundraiser for the Kansas City Art Institute, was an event many frequently attended. Some have also taken cars to various CCCA Grand Classics, attended Concours shows in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Des Moines, Iowa, Geneva, Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, and most recently Plymouth, Michigan. 

This year represented the 40th year for the show in Plymouth.  Formerly known as Meadowbrook, the show was held on the campus of Oakland University.  The event has since moved to the nearby Inn at St. Johns and is now called Concours d’Elegance of America.  

True Concours shows have a juried selection process.  An application, modest fee, and several specific photographs are typically submitted several months prior to the show.  There are generally…………………………Continue Reading 

the pinnacle of engineering, styling and design for their era
— Classic Car Club of America
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dedicated to the collection, preservation and enjoyment of the world’s finest cars.
— Classic Car Club of America
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