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Coming This Summer in Traverse Northern Michigan's Magazine: Number 9 Comes Home to Sleeping Bear Dunes

Last Friday morning, our Traverse photographer, Todd Zawistowski, and I headed to Glen Haven in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to shoot a story I'm working on for the July 2013 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine. My working title for the story is "Number 9 Comes Home." This heart warmer will take readers back 50 years to when Louis and Marion Warnes's dunes mobile rides were the highlight of a Sleeping Bear vacation—and their sleek fleet of 1948 Fords were head turners. Car Number 9, in particular, became a celebrity after being photographed for a postcard of the Sleeping Bear Dunes. But after the Warneses sold the fleet for newer models, the car was lost to history. Until ... sorry, you'll have to wait for the rest of the story in July for the mystery reveal. Okay, Hint: check out the photo of Number 9 being loaded into a Hagerty Insurance semi after the photo shoot. P.S. Thank you to Hagerty's Jonathan Klinger for bringing Number 9—home—to Glen Haven for our photo shoot. What a beautiful morning it was!

Here's Todd Zawistowski shooting Number 9:

She's a beauty even in my IPhone 3 photo. Wait until you see the pinup shots Todd came away with.

Jonathan driving Number 9 to pose in front of its old Glen Haven garage:

Number 9 travels in style!

So long Number 9—until our Traverse readers meet you again in July!

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Tags: Sleeping Bear Dunes, Sleeping Bear Dunes mobile, Traverse Northern Michigan's Magazine, hagerty insurance


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Comment by ellyn Dunnow on November 3, 2012 at 9:44pm

Can't wait to read the article!  Glen Haven is one of my favorite places to visit when I'm in the area.  I remember going up north with my parents and waiting outside the General Store after buying our tickets for the Dunes ride.  It was a thrilling ride.    Thanks in a advance to Joanathan Kllinger for his part in your story.  


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