Mike lived 53 years and was a Duesenberg fan for 40 of them. Marc was Mike’s best friend and ultimately bought a 1937 DeSoto but not before Mike went to that big Duesenberg dealership in the sky. One of Mike’s long time desires was to take a ride in a Duesenberg. The two friends conspired to bring Mike’s long time bucket list wish come true but not in exactly the way he envisioned, due to his untimely death.
Marc then arranged to give Mike a ride in a red 1935 Duesenberg SJ Murphy Bodied roadster valued at 5 million dollars. The ride was thanks to the generosity of Chuck, a man with an extensive car collection. Chuck offered to fulfill Mike’s last wish by giving Marc, and Mike’s ashes, the unforgettable ride as the photos will show.
The “bucket list” event was a collective effort by Mike’s friends who, 1) arranged the ride with the owner of the car, 2) Contributed the cost of purchasing a sterling silver urn that Mike’s ashes were in on “Mike’s First and Last Duesenberg Ride” and last, posted the event on YouTube and on Mike’s memorial website. It is a stirring tribute to a man who changed the definitions of “creative” and “friendship” for all who met him.
A long time classic car buff, Mike also built detailed models, such as the 1935 Auburn Speedster owned by Marc’s father as well as a 1/8 scale model of a Jaguar XKE coupe, a car Mike lusted after for decades. He made a 1/18 scale model of his father-in-law’s 1940 Ford coupe that featured operating doors and windows. Mike was an artist creating lasting memories of cars that meant much to friends and family. His spirit lives on each time a friend or acquaintance visits a classic car show, car rally or club meeting where car enthusiasts gather.