Brothers James Kryta, left, and John Kryta, owners of Inline Tube in Shelby Township, are hosting a classic car show and open house May 12 at their business. The event is free to the public.

Brothers James Kryta, left, and John Kryta, owners of Inline Tube in Shelby Township, are hosting a classic car show and open house May 12 at their business. The event is free to the public.

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Classics coming to Shelby for car show

By: Joshua Gordon | Shelby - Utica News | Published May 7, 2018

 Inline Tube is expecting between 150 and 200 classic cars to be on display during the car show.

Inline Tube is expecting between 150 and 200 classic cars to be on display during the car show.

Photo provided by Inline Tube

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Metro Detroiters know that when the weather turns nice, they are going to see a new array of vehicles hitting the roads.

Warm weather means sports cars, muscle cars and classic cars coming out from hiding and getting looks of admiration from others on the road. Cruises and car shows are built around the fondness for nice cars in metro Detroit, and Inline Tube in Shelby Township is getting the season kicked off on Mother’s Day weekend.

On May 12, the Shelby Township business will host its sixth annual car show and open house at its property, 15066 Technology Drive. The free event will have between 150 and 200 classic cars on display with tours, free food, music and activities for kids.

“I started this car show and open house to embrace our appreciation of the customer base and build a family fun activity for the community,” co-owner John Kryta said.

Kryta started the business with his brother, James Kryta, in 1996. The two started Inline Tube out of a garage and now have three buildings on Technology Drive. The company specializes in fuel and brake lines, starting first with muscle cars and soon expanding to almost any vehicle made between 1932 and 2008.

Pete Nicotri, the marketing manager with Inline Tube, said that when they started the first car show, they went to other car shows in the area and told people about the event.

Now they have a database of people in the area who have classic cars and have taken part in one of their car shows. It is free to have your car on display at the event, and people can register beforehand on the Inline Tube Facebook page or show up on the day of the show.

Along with a free lunch of hot dogs and hamburgers, Nicotri said they also give out awards throughout the day. The vehicles are displayed throughout the parking lots and the buildings, and visitors also can tour the manufacturing facilities, warehouse and sales office.

Nicotri said it was important to make it family friendly, so there will be bounce houses, coloring activities and jump-ropes for the kids to have some fun once they are done looking at the classic cars.

The company is expecting between 500 and 600 people to attend the event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nicotri said the event has always been held on the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend. The company is located just off Hayes Road, between 22 Mile and 23 Mile roads.

With Detroit being known as the Motor City, Nicotri said people love to see classic cars whenever they get a chance.

“Pretty much everyone around here has grown up around these vehicles,” he said. “In the ’60s and ’70s, it was an important time for the automotive industry, and it left a large impact around here. A lot of people want to absorb that history and bring back the memories.”

John and James Kryta are well-versed in car shows, as they, along with their employees, build a car and compete in Detroit Autorama every year. This year, they took home a first-place award with a 1968 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds factory-restored vehicle.

Nicotri said that while people love seeing the old cars, the people who own classic cars love to show them off and talk with others who have a similar hobby.

“A lot of these people maybe owned one of these cars when they were younger, but now they can get the car again and put more time and money into it,” he said. “A lot of guys live their dreams through these cars. And there is camaraderie. Car guys are close with each other and chitchat about what they have done and encountered over the years.”

For more information on the car show, visit www.facebook.com/inlinetube.