A good friend of mine Chad D. who shares the Fuelfed spirit in all things mechanical, grow up in SW Michigan with a neighbor that had a bigger secret than anyone realized. Chad knew him as Mr. Mittler of Mittler Industrial Supplies. Mittler had some nice antique Chris Crafts that Chad was aware of growing up. Chad also knew Mittler raced vintage cars and expressed that I should meet him some day and bench race over cocktails. As my interest in vintage racing and tuning grew, I got more emmersed in the culture and surrounded myself with like-minded drivers.
Years passed and I still hadn’t had the good fortune of meeting Mr. Mittler. Chad kept trying to get me to visit Three Rivers to meet Mittler and possibly see his passionate collection.
Last Sunday, Tom Mittler passed and as I learned, left quite the legacy. Chad sent me a link to Mittler’s car collection and mentioned that his vintage boat collection is even grander.
Tonight, I’ll have a cocktail in my shop to honor a kindred spirit I never meet, but felt I knew.