A short drive from Detroit is the small town of Ypsilanti, home of a surprising number of seemingly unconnected automotive milestones. My first stop was the World’s Last Hudson Dealer, Miller Motors, and the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum, and the National Corvair Museum. All at the same location, 100 East Cross Street. It’s also part of the Motor Cities National Heritage Area.

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Checking out some squiggly lines on a map, I ended up heading northeast on County Road 40a from Auburn. After crossing the state line into Ohio, the road was now state route 249. Joining up with SR-2, I headed more north, I think. It was a beautiful drive through Ohio farm country.

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A real highlight of the trip was visiting South Bend and the Studebaker National Museum. I’ve always had a soft spot for these cars, probably since my dad always boasted about the red ’52 Champion he had… the first car he ever bought. As a kid, I watched Mr. Ed on TV every week and Wilbur always drove a Lark; check my YouTube area for a vintage Mr. Ed spot I’ve favorited, plus a couple of old Stude spots I’ve posted.

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The Speedway museum is a fantastic collection of old race cars, memorabilia, track history and cars made in Indiana. Everything from Duesenberg racers and street cars, a turbine-powered race car, early pace cars and trophies are on display. Allow at least two hours to go through the museum.

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Explore San Diego County's backroads, beaches, mountains and deserts with Joyride Guru® and award-winning author Jack Brandais. Make them your San Diego day trip.