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Jerry Danner posted some photos/video of the Mile Hi Automotive demolition which I am sharing here along with his note.
December 28, 2021 was the scheduled day for the demolition of Mile Hi Automotive building. From the very beginning of this process, I requested whoever gets the contract to demolish the building I want to sit in the excavator to take out the first blocks and for my Daughter Michelle to continue down the wall to start off the day. Like “Make A Wish”, it came true. Marty and Eric from Colorado Cleanup Corp. allowed this to happen. Eric was the operator of the excavator. He stood right next to us, called out the hand movement to control that massive machine of destruction. The project was christened by Michelle and I throwing two bottles of Champaine at the building, like launching a ship “Let It Begin”. I put the word out to 50 customers, employees, and my friends to show up to see Michelle and I take out the first blocks. We had 20 show up at 7:00am on a 26 degree morning for the festivities. We furnished Coffee and doughnuts for all.
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An end of an era for Mile Hi Automotive. Mile Hi got started in 1969 by my father 52 years ago. He was in business working on Saab’s 5 years earlier with Schmidt’s Body Shop in 1964. My Father was introduced to Dick Catron in 1964 when Saab Southwest was opening in Denver by Stapleton Airport. He did some bodywork on the Saab’s that got damaged in transit. Dick was impressed and that is when the marriage between us Danner’s and Saab got started. I am 68 now. I was 11 years old when I was first around Saab.
Why did I close Mile Hi Automotive while Saab’s were still thriving in Denver? Timing was right. I have always said there is two ways to get out of being a business owner. You can 1) Retire or 2) Die. I chose the first option. I am 68 years old and still in great health. Two main reasons why I made this decision were 1) I wanted to get away from being a business owner. I took care of my employees and customers. I was third on the pecking list and I decided I wanted to take care of myself. Have an opportunity to enjoy the time I have left on this earth enjoying different things. Leave the drama of the employees behind me. 2) The state of Saab. Attrition is happening in the Saab world. Denver is still a strong market however over the last 10 years I have seen many independent shops I have known struggle then close over the country because the cars are getting old, nothing new coming in and people struggle putting repairs into a old car.
I will and always will be a Saab Enthusiast through and through till the day I die. I think everyone who knows me will agree I’m not jumping ship. Hope these pictures are not too disturbing to see but it might open your eyes to your future. I really did not want to become a old business owner. I have plans for my time ahead. One of the plans is to volunteer my time at the museum for Tom & Patti. You will see me at all the SOC’s and next year just might go to Carlisle.
To be continued. Next post will be the “Man Cave Warehouses” I moved into to continue my hobbyist enthusiasm keeping my fleet going.
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