Car lovers attend a classic car show hosted by First State Bank in Eastpointe last year. First State Bank will again this year host a car show during the week leading up to Cruisin’ Gratiot. The First State Bank car show will take place June 13.

Car lovers attend a classic car show hosted by First State Bank in Eastpointe last year. First State Bank will again this year host a car show during the week leading up to Cruisin’ Gratiot. The First State Bank car show will take place June 13.

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Eastpointe’s Cruisin’ Gratiot announces classic car show schedule

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published May 2, 2018

EASTPOINTE — Eastpointe’s Crusin’ Gratiot will celebrate automotive history with classic car shows scheduled all week leading up to the 20th anniversary cruise June 16. 

The classic car shows are scheduled for 3 p.m. June 11 at Genesis Chevrolet, 21800 Gratiot Ave.; 3 p.m. June 12 at Cloverleaf Restaurant, 24443 Gratiot Ave.; 3 p.m. June 13 at First State Bank, 16100 E. Nine Mile Road; 3 p.m. June 14 at Villa Restaurant, 21311 Gratiot Ave.; and 3 p.m. June 15 and 9 a.m. June 16 at Eastpointe High School, 15501 Couzens Ave. 

Genesis Chevrolet Marketing and Communications Director Dawn Hellebuyck said that the company wanted to be visible in the community, and this is one of the ways it is doing so. 

“Our main goal was to be a huge part of the Eastpointe community. One of the biggest events that takes place in Eastpointe is the Cruisin’ Gratiot. We want to make sure the community knows that we’re behind the event and the people of the community 100 percent,” said Hellebuyck. 

The 2019 #1 Cruise Package will be offered  for bidding throughout the week at the registration tent during the cruise week classic car shows. Bidding starts at $100 with minimum increments of $10. Bidding closes at 5 p.m. June 16. The cruise package will include:

• One official cruise lane sticker.

• One numbered official logo color wood plaque.

• One official limited edition logo T-shirt.

• One numbered official event dash plate.

• One official bag with logo.

• A ride in the VIP parade.

• Wines by Harvey Curley ($75 value).

• A 1999 framed official T-shirt from the first cruise.

• Dinner for two at Capers in Detroit ($50 value).

• One USS Detroit T-shirt ($30 value).

• An oil change from Clovers Collision and Mechanical Repair ($41 Value).

• A cut floral bouquet gift certificate from Bill Taylor Florist ($25 value).

• Gas cards. 

A special cruiser raffle of $1,000 will be awarded to one winner. Each day that a participant brings their vehicle to a classic car show, they will be able to fill out one raffle form. The filled-out form must be dropped into the specially marked raffle box at the registration desk or tent. 

One winning form will be drawn for the $1,000 prize at 7 p.m. June 16. Participants are only allowed to enter once per day, per car show. In order to win the prize, you must be present at the drawing. 

Trophies will also be awarded at each car show at 7 p.m. Winners must be present to win. 

According to Eastpointe Mayor Suzanne Pixley, there will be an opening ceremony at 11 a.m. June 16 in the EHS parking lot, which will be a prayer service of sorts to bless the drivers of the vehicles. That will eventually lead into the 1 p.m. VIP parade. 

The East Detroit Tigercats — a nonprofit organization for youth football and cheerleading — will be this year’s grand marshal.

“The Tigercats have been around for about 55 years in the city of Eastpointe. We decided to use them as the grand marshal this year. All the Tigercats — as many as we can fit — will be riding in the trolley during the parade,” said Pixley. 

For more information on Eastpointe’s Cruisin’ Gratiot, visit www.cruisin-gratiot.com.