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Published December 11, 2017

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METRO DETROIT — Suppliers of auto products and services agree that the season of “Jingle Bells” can also be a great time to buy bells and whistles for loved ones’ vehicles.

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Published December 6, 2017

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METRO DETROIT — In light of Older Driver Safety Awareness Week lasting from Dec. 4 to 8 this year, a couple of organizations are announcing that there are steps that seniors — particularly those 65 and older — can take to acclimate their vehicles for safer driving.

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Published November 15, 2017

Shorter days are no excuse to stay in the dark about good driving habits, according to safety experts.

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Published November 8, 2017

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At first glance, it might look like a child’s toy or a go-kart, but Ferndale resident Christopher Beltz’s 1919 Briggs & Stratton Flyer is, in fact, an actual automobile. 

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Published October 11, 2017

With the holidays not too far away, it’s not too soon to do some shopping for quality tires to get a car or truck through Michigan’s hazardous winter weather.

Snowy or icy conditions are a common risk to metro Detroit drivers due to the possibilities for slipping and skidding. 

Bill Griffin, owner of Griffin’s Neighborhood Auto Clinic in Farmington Hills, said there is not much people can do to keep their tires in top condition over the winter. But he said tires should have a tread of at least 5/32 of an inch in order to be effective. 

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Published October 11, 2017

In 1964, Birmingham resident Stu Shuster started working at the General Motors Co. Design Center in Warren, where he would spend his early career rubbing elbows with the creators of some of the classics of that era.

One of the cars that Shuster became familiar with was the Chevrolet Corvair.

“The original car was designed in Ned F. Nickles’ advanced studio in the late ’50s,” said Shuster. “I worked for Ned in later years.”

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Published October 3, 2017

Fifty years after its founding, Bill Fox Chevrolet is celebrating its golden anniversary and is quite at home among businesses in the community.

On Sept. 22, the Rochester Hills-based dealership was given an award for its 50th anniversary. General Sales Manager Robert Shastal said leaders from General Motors Co. and Chevrolet visited the dealership to offer the award to the business’s founder, Bill Fox, and his son and current Bill Fox Chevrolet owner, John Fox. 

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Published September 28, 2017

DETROIT — Engines roared and tires screeched across the runways of Detroit City Airport Sept. 23 for the first-ever Motor City Showdown drag races.

The event featured the first legal drag racing in the Motor City, and a crowd of more than 7,600 people attended. It was the passion project of Brian Olatunji, a drag racer and Detroit native. He helped found Lead Foot Events, a company to help host the races.

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Published September 27, 2017

It’s hard not to smile when you see Clinton Township resident Lynn Anderson’s 1965 Volkswagen Beetle.

With its red, white and blue racing stripes and “53” decals, the car is instantly recognizable as a replica of Herbie, the comedic car that first debuted in the 1968 Disney film “The Love Bug.”

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Published September 20, 2017

Red, amber and green aren’t just traffic lights in autumnal Michigan, but they’re colors on the trees along the state’s wooded highways. And according to travel and tourism groups, those trees will be getting plenty of interest in the coming weeks. 

AAA Michigan public affairs specialist Gary Bubar said many people take trips all over the state to “follow the color” as the reds and oranges hit their peak. 

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Published September 13, 2017

In June 1961, Joe Feko was celebrating his high school graduation with friends at a cottage on Lake Erie when a red Chevrolet Corvette driving down a nearby road caught his eye.

It was the new 1961 version — the first model with a cut back rather than rounded tail, Feko said in an email. As a longtime Corvette fan, he was “mesmerized.”

Two years later, Feko bought one of his own and he’s had it ever since. In fact, over the past 54 years, the 1961 Corvette has been a part of every stage of his adult life.

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Published September 12, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Crowds of metro Detroit students will wait at their stops for the school bus this fall, but bus drivers are counting on motorists to also stop and take precautions so that everyone is safe.

AAA is urging drivers to act carefully for the new school year by driving slowly and vigilantly when in school zones to avoid hitting young pedestrians or bicyclists.

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Published August 31, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Car lovers, car cruisers and those just looking to enjoy a summer night joined together for the 2017 Shorewood Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise, which brought motorcycles, classic cars, trucks and more out to St. Clair Shores.

“Just seeing all the old cars and how they’re kept up ... I like to see the smiles on all the older people’s faces. They light up,” said Marvell Ross, of St. Clair Shores.

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Published August 30, 2017

When Karen Faett, of West Bloomfield, first started cruising with her husband, Jack, she was always in the passenger seat.

“We’d go on cruises and we’d drive up and down Woodward, and he’d never let me drive,” said Faett.

Although she enjoyed riding along in Jack’s 1965 Oldsmobile 442 convertible, she thought it would be even more fun to be behind the wheel of a classic car of her own.

“I realized that I wanted to cruise too,” she said.

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Published August 28, 2017

Michigan State Police and the Michigan Department of Transportation are urging drivers to consider taking turns when having to merge in a construction zone due to blocked-off lanes.

Michigan State Police Spl/F/Lt. Jim Flegel said the best way of merging when entering a construction zone is not really specified in the law. But he said the Michigan Department of Transportation has documented two main ways that people merge. 

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