That's My Name Too

Owning a Car with Your Name

John Gunnell - May 09, 2014 07:01 PM


Having a car with the same name as you makes it even more special

John Gunnell

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      It had to be fate that brought Bill and Cheryl Haynes and a 1919 Haynes automobile together. The couple will be showing what is believed to be the only 1919 Haynes still in existence at the 2014 Milwaukee Masterpiece, Aug. 24, 2014, on Milwaukee's lakefront.
      The Batvaia, Illinois, couple has owned the Model 45, light six, seven-passenger touring car for more than 10 years. The Haynes Automobile Company, owned by Elwood Haynes, hand-made luxury automobiles from 1894 to 1925, producing more than 5,000 cars per year at the height of production. Only about 50 of these automobiles manufactured remain in existence.
      "I'm not a direct descendant of Elwood Haynes, but I would bet we're related," Bill Haynes said. "My wife Cheryl and I bought a magazine advertisement about the car in an antique shop. As a result of this ad, we googled the Haynes Automobile Company of Kokomo, Indiana, and found that city has a Haynes festival every 4th of July. That same weekend was the 4th of July, so off we went to Kokomo for the weekend."
      Bill said he was hoping to find a collectible item like a hood ornament, but Cheryl wanted to find a Haynes car. "We left the festival with no collectibles, but we did have a lead on a car in Wisconsin. The following weekend, we headed to Wisconsin and bought this car on the spot. The car was very original, including all the wood and we have been restoring it ever since," he said.
      This car's ownership has been traced back to Utah in the 1950s. The story that has been passed from the previous owners is that the car was found in a mine in Colorado in the 1950s with fewer than 20,000 miles on the odometer. It is believed the original owner was protecting his assets from bankruptcy in the '20s.
      The 1919 Haynes has won recognition at several Concours d'Elegance competitions in recent years including the 2010 Milwaukee Masterpiece (Award of Excellence) and the 2011 Barrington Concours d'Elegance (Best Automobile Presentation).
      In its 10th year, The Milwaukee Masterpiece will showcase 125 of the most significant vehicles from years past, as well as 125 new participants to Sunday's Concours d'Elegance at The Milwaukee Masterpiece. The weekend-long celebration, Aug. 23- 24, 2014, is open to the public. Visit to learn more.