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Published August 22, 2016

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD — About 1 million people and more than 50,000 sweet rides took over M-1 last Saturday to enjoy the annual Woodward Dream Cruise.

Despite steamy temps and a few poorly placed rain showers, the cruise went off without a hitch, according to police and event organizers in the Eagle’s coverage area.

“It was average crowds for an average Saturday Dream Cruise,” said Cmdr. Scott Grewe, of the Birmingham Police Department.

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Published August 22, 2016

September is almost here, but it’s not too late to take a refresher course on driving safety tips and the rules regarding school buses.

First Lt. Jim Flegel from the Michigan State Police described some of the unique challenges that back-to-school season imposes on the roads.

“Going back to school is an exciting time for both children and parents, but it can also be a hazardous time and an increase in risk of children being hit and injured by vehicles,” Flegel said.

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Published August 22, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Aside from the classic cars and hot rods, many people would argue that the biggest draw of the Harper Charity Cruise is the parties along the avenue.

Myriad businesses open their parking lots for families, friends and customers, but there are also about 21 open parties along the cruise route where anyone can stop by, enjoy some entertainment and classic cars, and even sometimes some food.

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Published August 17, 2016

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD — Summer is winding down, but it’s not over until motor heads along the Woodward corridor meet up to celebrate metro Detroit history at our signature event: the Woodward Dream Cruise.

As always, organizers in Birmingham and Bloomfield Township have big plans for revelers willing to brave the heat and check out some cool rides.

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Published August 15, 2016

Although the heyday of the hot rod drifts further into the past, local car enthusiasts say they are doing what they can to preserve the legacy of classic car cruising and to keep the dream alive for the next generation.

The Woodward Dream Cruise is returning to Woodward Avenue Aug. 20. According to cruise Executive Director Tony Michaels, the enthusiasm for the nostalgia-fueled car event isn’t running on empty.

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Published August 8, 2016

Newer technology is often looked upon as a key to convenience, but sometimes key-related electronic components can carry their own set of problems unless drivers stay vigilant.

According to AAA, a recent study revealed that an estimated 32 million drivers had an experience with AAA that involved a vehicle being stranded in 2015, with many of those vehicles being under 5 years old.

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Published August 3, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The 14th annual Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise will take place Aug. 7, and expectations by cruise promoters are that the 225,000 people who attended in 2015 will be matched or exceeded this year.

The cruise, which is referred to as the biggest event in all of Macomb County, features classic cars that will line Gratiot Avenue, from 14 Mile Road to Wellington Crescent, north of Metropolitan Parkway.

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Published August 3, 2016

Another summer, another rash of thefts from vehicles during the night.

This time, it was residents in Franklin, in a neighborhood near 14 Mile and Telegraph. Sgt. Mike Bastianelli, of the Franklin-Bingham Farms Police Department, said several reports were taken last week from people who said items went missing from their cars, parked at their homes between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

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Published August 1, 2016

If you are the owner of a recent-model Ford vehicle who is having trouble mastering the high-tech intricacies of Sync, it could be time to get in sync with a local dealership. 

While most schools have yet to start a new class year, Sync classes are just getting started at Avis Ford in Southfield. General sales manager Roy Williams said his dealership planned to hold a class for the first time July 30. 

“These classes just kind of started this month, and Ford is doing it at various dealerships,” he said. 

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Published July 17, 2016

While the classics will remain, organizers of the Concours d’Elegance of America say they are planning to reach out to a younger generation of auto lovers when the annual event returns to The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth.

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Published July 5, 2016

Local dealerships are uncovering the details about what customers want in a new convertible and what automakers have to offer this summer. 

Mike Long, sales manager at Royal Oak Ford, said many people celebrate the warmer weather with a slick new Ford Mustang convertible. He explained that convertible sales pick up as soon as the temperatures climb.

“The demand for convertibles right now is strong, and we sell every one that we get,” he said.

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Published June 27, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Communities in southern Oakland County have been voicing concerns over the coming Interstate 75 modernization project ever since Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson expressed his support back in February.

But in Bloomfield Township, residents came out last week to tell the Michigan Department of Transportation they’re upset too — not about what’s planned, but instead over what isn’t planned.

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Published June 27, 2016

Swimming season or not, a car doesn’t belong in deep water. Regardless, if your vehicle happens to take an accidental plunge, quick action can be a lifesaver for its occupants, according to the Michigan State Police and AAA.

Sgt. David Winter, from the Michigan State Police, said a person is typically not far from a body of water in Michigan. If a vehicle rolls off the road and into water, drivers who can control their panic often have a narrow window of time to free themselves, he said. 

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Published June 20, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Two Shelby Township police officers recently underwent a four-day training course to inspect and install car seats. Residents are encouraged to make a free appointment with them at the Police Department.

The process will take approximately 25 minutes and alleviate a lot of the stress and worry that parents and caregivers might feel about properly installing car seats themselves, Police Chief Robert Shelide said.

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Published June 20, 2016

Amid data that says that more Michigan motorcyclists are dying on the road, safety organizations are recommending proper road etiquette and headgear as ways to lessen the odds of becoming a fatality statistic.

According to AAA, preliminary data from the Governors Highway Safety Association shows that Michigan motorcycle fatalities rose 23 percent — from 112 to 138 — from 2014 to 2015. 

Gary Bubar, public affairs specialist for AAA Michigan, said an increase in road traffic might have played a partial role in the rise of reported motorcycle fatalities.

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Published June 13, 2016

Whether it’s the odometer or some signal that serves as a reminder, it’s no surprise that a periodic oil change is a regular part of owning a vehicle. But vehicle models may differ in their oil change schedules or the types of oil recommended, according to local auto service professionals. 

Dave Pannecouk, owner of Dave’s Complete Auto Service in Harrison Township, said regular oil changes maintain a vehicle’s longevity and help it run better. 

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Published June 8, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Packard Proving Grounds’ long-running Cars ‘R’ Stars show will return Sunday, June 12. The gates will open at 8 a.m. and close at 3 p.m., and admission will cost $5 for adults and be free for children ages 12 and younger.

Each year, the core group of organizers comes up with a special feature, and this year the special feature is iconic fins and family haulers, or station wagons.

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Published June 6, 2016

Whether it’s a traffic jam, summer construction or mere happenstance, the driving experience offers numerous chances to encounter frustration. And according to experts, drivers need to take steps to prevent danger from happening to themselves or others. 

According to Sgt. Jill Bennett from the Michigan State Police, aggressive driving incidents and road rage sometimes occurs during rush hour on major metro Detroit expressways. But she said it is seen elsewhere, too.

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Published May 31, 2016

From Memorial Day weekend on, many metro Detroiters will seek out a natural retreat during their summer excursions. But even on a camping trip, people aren’t out of the woods in terms of motor safety.

Gary Bubar, public affairs specialist at AAA Michigan, said a combination of factors like warmer weather and kids finishing the school year will mean more traffic on roads and at travel destinations, including campsites. 

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Published May 23, 2016

Classic car culture has developed its own set of classic events, as proven by a packed calendar of auto expos and cruises in metro Detroit.

Although the Woodward Dream Cruise, which spans along its namesake avenue in multiple Oakland County communities, tends to get the lion’s share of publicity, people who want to view some of the finest vehicles in automotive history won’t have to wait until August to do so. For instance, June will usher in auto events in Roseville, Eastpointe, Shelby Township and Grosse Pointe Shores.

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'Noises Off' play supports cancer survivors
2 p.m.
Stagecrafters Baldwin Theatre
West Bloomfield
Annual rummage sale
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Hadassah Greater Detroit
Rochester Hills
Zenith Brass concert
7 p.m.
Oak Arbor Church
Grosse Pointe Woods
GPT to perform 'Rumors'
2 p.m.
University Liggett School
Mount Clemens
Meet the artists and find holiday gifts
1-3 p.m.
Anton Art Center

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