Fieros Forever Flood Relief

On May 19, 2020, heavy rainfall caused the Edenville Dam in central Michigan to fail. This put a tremendous load downriver on the Sanford Dam, which failed two hours later. The resulting flood slammed 8-10 feet walls of water into the small village of Sanford and surrounding communities, destroying homes and businesses.

Among them was Fieros Forever, a car dealership and museum dedicated to Pontiac Fieros and owned by local architect and Fiero enthusiast (and our dad) Tim Evans.

Fieros Forever opened in 2006 as both a tribute to the cars my dad loves and as a way for other Fiero lovers to buy cars, find replacement parts, and come together to celebrate the "common man's sports car" or "nearly perfect car" (as Dad describes it). As Tim neared retirement, he decided to close the shop and auction the cars and parts. The auction was set for April 2020 then moved back to July due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Tuesday May 19, with water beginning to rise, Tim, his daughter Kelly, and several Good Samaritans in downtown Sanford moved the cars to what they thought were safer grounds farther from the shop. While the Fieros Forever location had seen some minor flooding in the past, nothing could have protected it from the powerful waters from two back-to-back dam failures. 

Photos from late evening Tuesday show several Fieros under 3+ feet of water as the flood rose. By Wednesday morning, photos emerged of  waters nearly at roof level of Fieros Forever. Floodwaters had picked up and pushed the Village Hall down the street  into Dad's building, destroying both. As waters receded a bit later that day, photos showed Fieros in various states... relocated across the street, flipped upside down, mostly buried in mud, a smashed windshield, a hood thrown open.

On May 21st, Tim was able to reach the shop and see its current condition. The walls are blown out, his prize engine that was to be a centerpiece of the auction was swept away and his kit cars and Formula 1 car are scattered all over downtown. All cars are severely damaged and will have to be marked as salvage titles.

With this GoFundMe, we are hoping to help cover clean up expenses and perhaps help my parents recover some of the funds that would have come from the auction of the cars and parts. Funds will go directly to Tim and Linda Evans to cover expenses related to flood relief and clean up of Fieros Forever.  We thank you for your concern and assistance. Tim especially appreciates comments and greetings from fellow Fiero enthusiasts!



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Articles about Fieros Forever's destruction:

https://www.thedrive.com/news/33597/pontiac-fiero-collection-destroyed-after-michigan-dam-collapse


https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/05/pontiac-fiero-collection-swept-away-in-michigan-flood/

Donations

  • Chris Roberts 
    • $25 
    • 8 d
  • Antonio Gorgoglione 
    • $20 
    • 20 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $24 
    • 27 d
  • Robyn Randell 
    • $25 
    • 1 mo
  • Brian Chick 
    • $20 
    • 1 mo
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Fundraising team: Fieros Forever (4)

Cindy L Fellows 
Organizer
Raised $990 from 16 donations
Sanford, MI
Linda Evans 
Beneficiary
Kelly Newcomb 
Team member
Raised $375 from 4 donations
Jonathan Fellows 
Team member
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