There are so many sad stories of loss coming out of the recent dam collapse and flooding in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, with many homes ruined and lifetimes of possessions destroyed, and adding to the overall misery in the midst of a deadly pandemic.
One of the more-painful stories, at least for car people, is that of Tim Evans and his Fieros Forever museum, which was brutally destroyed by the flood waters rushing through. Located in Sanford, just a quarter mile down from one of the two dams that failed during several days of rain, the museum focusing on the mid-engine Pontiac two-seat sports cars was a labor of love for Evans. He pretty much lost it all.
“The building got 8 or 9 feet of water,” Evans said in an interview with Autoweek magazine. “The garage door blew out and everything got washed away. We had a car up on the hoist; it’s now upside down in the back yard.”
More than a dozen Fieros – several of them rare special-edition models – were scattered and badly damaged by the floodwater, as were engines and parts stored in the facility, including a $15,000 racing engine that was ready for installation in a rare T-top model.
The flooding washed away a horde of Fiero collector items, pictures and documents, including about 500 scale-model Fieros that were on display in the museum. The building, which Evans owns, also was heavily damaged, as was his repair shop.
His wife, Linda Evans, took a number of photos of the devastation. The place and the contents were insured, he told Autoweek, but not at the collector values for which he believes they are, or were, worth.
Evans opened his shop and museum in 2009 dedicated to the 1984-88 models of Fiero.
Just to add to the pain was the unfortunate timing; Evans was in the process of closing the museum with preparations under way to sell several of the Fieros at auction, among them a 1984 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car that was on display. The coronavirus shutdown had delayed his shutdown work and the auction, and then this.
In the vast scale of misery wrought by the pandemic and the Michigan flooding, the loss of Evans’ Fiero museum and its contents might seem like a small matter. But any piece that’s lost might seem small when taken in the bird’s eye view, yet it matters greatly to those on the ground who are affected.