Military museum hopes for good turnout at car show

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published May 22, 2014

 Classic cars line the parking lot at the Michigan Military and Technical Museum’s inaugural 2012 show. The show this year is June 6.

Classic cars line the parking lot at the Michigan Military and Technical Museum’s inaugural 2012 show. The show this year is June 6.

Photo courtesy of Chris Causley

EASTPOINTE — The third annual car show at the Michigan Military and Technical Museum in Eastpointe is approaching June 6, and with construction along Stephens Road completed, the organizers are hoping for a good turnout.

“The first year we did it, we filled the parking lot. We had about 70-80 cars,” said Chris Causley, president of the Michigan Military and Technical Society. “Last year, because of construction on Stephens we only had 10 or 15 cars, so we’re hoping we can get back up to the 70-80 car level we did for the first show.”

The show is open to vehicles of all makes, models, years and types, Causley said, and it pretty much is an effort to reach out to the local classic car community. Since the auto industry played a major role in the museum’s story about war production, he feels that hosting classic cars is a natural fit.

The society will be awarding trophies in several categories, including best Ford car, best Chrysler car, best General Motors car, and best foreign car. Causley said there would be food on site and a disc jockey playing music, as well as raffles and a 50/50.

Additionally, the museum itself will be open to the public, and Causley said they plan on having a projector set up to play classic American car movies, such as “American Graffiti” and “Two-Lane Blacktop.”

“We’ll have those playing in case people want to get out of the sun, or maybe the rain,” Causley said. “The whole thing is by donation, so the normal admissions will be waived.”

The museum admissions are not the only thing reduced to donations-only. Causley said there is no set registration fee to display a vehicle at the car show — those are also entirely donation-based.

Councilwoman Wendy Richardson said that the car show was beneficial to the museum because it brings with it a different crowd than the usual people drawn there.

“It gets the word out to a different set of people who are interested because there’s a number of things the museum has, and one of them is vehicles,” she said. “It brings in a different sort of crowd that are very supportive of Chris and the museum, as well.”

The event officially runs from 3-8 p.m., though Causley said people do come by and set up earlier than that.

The following morning, June 7, the museum will host its “Bargain Hunter’s Paradise” rummage sale, which also is in its third year. Causley said it is the successor to the annual citywide garage sale that used to be hosted at the building when it was a senior center.

“Anybody from the area is welcome to come and set up in the parking lot,” Causley said. “It’s a $20 fee for a space.”

He said the past few years had around 10-15 vendors set up, though much like the car show, he hopes that with the Stephens Road construction completed, that number will increase this time around. The sale runs from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

People interested in participating in the rummage sale can call the museum at (586) 872-2581 or stop in when the museum is open on the weekend. The museum is open from 10 a.m. Saturday and noon on Sunday until 5 p.m. both days.