Pfaff Lends Star Power to St. Ignace Car Show

The St. Ignace Car Show Weekend is set for June 28-30 in St. Ignace, Michigan. The event has been running for 43 years, and more than 1,000 classics, customs, hot rods, and late-models are expected to converge on the picturesque up-north setting along with over 30,000 spectators.

The show is set to kick off with the Cruise Night on Thursday and then continue with the Down Memory Lane Parade Friday night. On Saturday the event will culminate with autos on display throughout the historic downtown St. Ignace.

“We are excited to announce this year’s guest of honor, hot rod designer Murray Pfaff of Pfaff Designs,” said executive director Quincy Ranville. “Murray has designed over 400 cars for top builders coast to coast and is well known for his own builds as well.”

Pfaff’s cars can be found in the pages of HOT ROD and on display at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Each year he organizes a fundraiser at the Detroit Autorama known as The D Lot that has generated over 100,000 meals for the hungry in Michigan. “I am flattered and honored to be invited back to gorgeous St. Ignace,” Pfaff said. “This car show is one of Michigan’s crown jewels for car enthusiasts.”

Pfaff is probably best known for a two-seat runabout called The Imperial Speedster that he designed, built, and owns. Murray and his friends started with a 19-foot 1959 Imperial and shortened it 4 feet and 3 inches, narrowed it 8 inches, and sectioned it 3 inches, creating the hot rod concept car that Chrysler never built. It won hot rodding’s top cash prize-Darryl Starbird’s Go for the Gold award-and has been featured in numerous magazines and at the Playboy Mansion. It most recently appeared on the Caffeine and Octane TV show.

In his spare time, Murray can be found in the garage behind his studio building his own hot rods, including a 1956 Cadillac Custom Lead Sled known as FireMaker, a 2002 MINI Alter-Ego that he races, a supercharged Dodge Ram Draggin’ Wagon, the Super Yeti Jeep, and the custom built pitbike SqueezeBox. Several of his designs will be on display at St. Ignace courtesy of auto hauling specialists Pilot Transport.

Murray lives in Royal Oak, Michigan with his wife Monique and son Griffin. He is originally from Northern New York and studied at Syracuse University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design. For more information, visit

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