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Published April 18, 2016

Many days, weeks and months of the year have an awareness campaign tied to them, but an April campaign to celebrate National Car Care Month hopes to remind drivers that auto parts can wear out or malfunction if not maintained.

According to car maintenance professionals, many drivers take advantage of this time of the year to get a fresh vehicle inspection or maintenance. 

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Published April 11, 2016

Around the same time metro Detroiters hang up their winter coats, many motorists will be searching for ways to remove the winter coating of dirt and salt off their vehicles.

Ryan Smiecinski, manager of Joe’s Auto Parts in Royal Oak, said there are numerous options when it comes to cleaning a vehicle’s exterior and interior, depending on how much time and effort the owner wants to employ.

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Published April 4, 2016

Michigan State University analysts and professors expect the recent trend of cheap gas prices to continue to have a positive effect on Michigan tourism this spring and summer.

AAA reported that the average gas price in Michigan was $1.96 per gallon as of March 27, though gas prices in some areas of Michigan recently climbed above $2 for the first time in late March.

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Published March 28, 2016

The sunny side of the street might also be the more dangerous side if drivers fail to take precautionary steps to fight sun glare while driving.

According to an alert from AAA, sun glare is becoming more of a factor this time of year due to the recent start of daylight saving time and the timing of daily commutes.

The agency says drivers who have to drive amid sun glare should follow some tips to avoid being blinded, which could endanger other vehicles or pedestrians.

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Published March 23, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Ford was just beginning to ramp up production of personal vehicles in 1946, after a break to make tanks and military vehicles during World War II, when Roy O’Brien Ford opened its doors on the corner of Nine Mile and Mack.

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Published March 21, 2016

When it comes to traffic safety, experts are nodding in agreement over the importance of reminding drivers not to nod off while they’re on the road.

AAA Michigan brought attention to the dangers of drowsy driving in light of the March 13 start of daylight saving time. A University of Colorado Boulder analysis concluded that the springtime time switch correlates to a 5 to 7 percent increase in risk of a deadly car crash.

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Published March 14, 2016

It can be a pain to look through a windshield pane that gets cracked or chipped, and auto repair professionals say it’s best to fix small flaws before they become a bigger problem later on.

Mark Sykes, who owns Showcase Collision and Auto Care Center in Warren, said, this time of year, along with the start of spring, is when people start taking a closer look at their car for repairs. He also said this season is a common one for getting windshield damage from stone chips and other hazards.

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Published March 8, 2016

Just as spring is the time for many homeowners to do some cleaning, the changing of the seasons is a good time to examine a vehicle’s condition and be mindful of driving practices. 

According to Gary Bubar, traffic safety and public affairs specialist at AAA Michigan, the early spring can still sometimes bring an unexpected reprise of winter driving and its challenges. This is especially true at night when the temperature cools, which can cause roads to freeze and produce patches of black ice, he said.

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Published February 29, 2016

After a winter of salting and plowing, the local county road commissions will soon transition to fixing the damage that the elements and vehicles cause to roads, bridges and more.

Road Commission for Oakland County spokesman Craig Bryson said Oakland County has about $27 million in road repairs scheduled in its 2016 construction program. In addition, many projects are buttressed by federal funding and local matches, he said.

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Published February 24, 2016

A pair of residents from Eastpointe, a Roseville-based auto shop and the Roseville High School-based Drive One program all have one thing in common: They are all bringing vehicles to show at Detroit Autorama Feb. 26-28.

Howard Brisendein, of Eastpointe, is bringing his one-of-a-kind 1973 Buick Riviera GS, which was built as a special order for a General Motors Co. executive at the company’s old Flint plant. Instead of a standard Riviera interior, Brisendein said, this car has the interior of a Buick Electra 225.

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Published February 24, 2016

DETROIT — The upcoming Detroit Autorama will feature more than 800 different kinds of cars from all over the United States, including one car from a Harper Woods resident.

Ron Andras will be showing off his 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix during Autorama, which will take place Feb. 26-28 at  Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd. in Detroit.

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Published February 24, 2016

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Car enthusiasts are itching to put the pedal to the metal at the annual Detroit Autorama event.

The 64th annual edition will take place Friday, Feb. 26 to Sunday, Feb. 28 at Cobo Center in Detroit. More than 800 vehicles — including hot rods, customs, trucks and motorcycles from around the world — are expected to be on display.

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Published February 23, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Allen Rodgers had taken a routine day off from work when fate seemingly came his way.

Rodgers, 64, of Macomb Township, said he took the day off a few years ago just to get some computer parts when he saw a pair of hot rods and a custom classic car parked in front of a restaurant on Van Dyke.

He initially didn’t stop to check the vehicles out, and when he drove by on his way home, only the classic car remained. Still intrigued by the car, Rodgers stopped to take a look.

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Published February 23, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Jennifer Wilson has been keeping a secret for quite some time to conceal the whereabouts of where her father’s 1964 Chrysler convertible will be the weekend of Feb. 27.

Wilson, a Macomb Township resident, has been telling her father — Jim Klein, 71, of Troy — that his car has simply been undergoing some minor adjustments in the same shop that her classic truck is being worked on in preparation for Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama at Cobo Center starting Feb. 26.

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Published February 22, 2016

WARREN — It’s February, and that means it’s crunch time for car buffs putting the finishing touches on this year’s dazzling entries headed for Autorama.

For some of them, this has been going on for years.

“I’ve been putting one in every year since 1984,” said Bill Kellogg, a Warren resident of 16 years, who will roll into Detroit’s Cobo Center for the 64th annual Meguiar’s Autorama Feb. 26-28 with his “barn find,” a 1940 Willys coupe.

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Published February 22, 2016

Miniature pits of despair will soon mar roads and commutes in metro Detroit, but some road officials and experts say they will do what they can to make the season as tolerable as possible.

According to Bob Hoepfner, roads director at the Macomb County Department of Roads, the pothole situation has been about the same as last year, though he added that problems might have arisen a bit earlier due to generally milder weather. Frequent transitions between freeze and thaw damage roads at a faster rate, he explained. 

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Published February 18, 2016

DETROIT — Bruce Kimmen doesn’t fool around when it comes to building a car for the dragway.

Known around the country for his supercharged Chevys, Kimmen, owner of Heads Up Racing in Mount Clemens, set a record in Memphis in 1999 by driving the quarter-mile in 6.83 seconds at 211 mph with his 1969 Camaro, earning him a Flowmaster listing and jacket for having one of the quickest “street legal” cars in the country.

The Harrison Township resident is also known to impress at Detroit Autorama.

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Published February 18, 2016

METRO DETROIT/WEST BLOOMFIELD — West Bloomfield resident Larry Filipczak is well-immersed in the automotive world.

An automotive engineer for General Motors Co. by day, Filipczak dedicates his free time to traditional hot rods.

Filipczak has been attending Detroit’s Autorama since he was a kid in the 1970s, and what he enjoys most about the event is the community friendships that have been built over the years, he said.

“You go to see your friends; you go to see ... people you haven’t seen in sometimes a year,” Filipczak said.

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Published February 17, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — While the North American International Auto Show has wrapped up, auto enthusiasts don’t have to hide out in the garage, waiting for summer cruises — Autorama is just around the corner.

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Published February 17, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — While the cold, snow and salt keep classic cars covered for the winter, it’s not stopping plans from progressing for this year’s Shorewood Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise. 

The winners of this year’s logo contest were announced Feb. 5 at Macomb Community College. 

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