Car buffs check out the hot wheels parked along Utica Road in Roseville last year for Jammin’ at the Junction. This year’s Jammin’ at the Junction will take place Sept. 25.

Car buffs check out the hot wheels parked along Utica Road in Roseville last year for Jammin’ at the Junction. This year’s Jammin’ at the Junction will take place Sept. 25.

File photo by Deb Jacques


Jammin’ at the Junction drives into Roseville

By: Maria Allard | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published September 19, 2021

 The Jammin’ at the Junction Car Show is a family-friendly event in which car owners exhibit their customized automobiles and motorcycles.

The Jammin’ at the Junction Car Show is a family-friendly event in which car owners exhibit their customized automobiles and motorcycles.

Photo provided by Eric Lafata

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ROSEVILLE — Car buffs will gather on Utica Road Saturday, Sept. 25, for the annual Jammin’ at the Junction Car Show, and everyone is invited to join in the festivities.

The Roseville Downtown Development Authority event offers a chance for anyone who owns a customized vehicle, new car or souped-up motorcycle to display their prized possession alongside other auto enthusiasts.

Utica Road will be closed off from 12 Mile Road to Gratiot Avenue for the event, which is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The registration fee to showcase a car is $10 in advance and $20 on event day. Participants can preregister at Lafata Auto Body, 28850 Utica Road. Several businesses have stepped up to sponsor the show.

“We started this about five years ago, and ever since then, it’s been good. Everyone has a great time. I would say it’s an all-round great family event,” said Eric Lafata, one of the event organizers. “All the cars will be lined up diagonally on Utica Road. We do have a Downtown District, and our goal was to get the community more involved.”

Last year’s event brought in about 200 to 250 customized cars that decorated Utica Road. Along with checking out the sleek-looking cars, hot rods and classic models, Jammin’ at the Junction is bringing eight food trucks. Music will be part of the show, as the Blue Cat Band is scheduled to play beginning at 11 a.m. at one end of the road and a disc jockey will be spinning records at the other end. Lafata said trophies will be given out at 2 p.m., and people should stick around for door prizes.

Clinton Township resident Jimmy Cochenour has participated in Jammin’ at the Junction since it began in 2016. Each year, he parks his black 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle convertible that includes a black interior and black top. The Chevelle once belonged to his parents. When they talked about selling the car, Cochenour told them, “You’re not getting rid of it,” and bought it in 1998.

“Eric (Lafata) is the one who painted my car,” the Chevelle owner said.

While at Jammin’, Cochenour likes to walk around and view the other cars with his wife and grandchildren.

“It’s a good show. It’s a family-oriented show,” Cochenour said. “It’s geared toward families. It’s a good atmosphere and just a fun time.”

He has been into cars since he was a kid.

“It’s a lifestyle,” said Cochenour, who takes out his Chevy in good weather. He, Lafata and another friend drove it to Frankenmuth on a recent weekend.

Jammin’ at the Junction Car Show spectators can park in two lots off Gratiot Avenue or on residential streets. Because of COVID-19, there will be hand sanitizing stations set up, and since it’s outdoors, masks are optional. Also because of the virus, there will not be any games for kids this year, as a precaution.

For more information, visit the “Jammin at the Junction Car Show” Facebook page.

All participating cars are asked to enter off of 12 Mile onto Utica Road.

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