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Published September 27, 2017

It’s hard not to smile when you see Clinton Township resident Lynn Anderson’s 1965 Volkswagen Beetle.

With its red, white and blue racing stripes and “53” decals, the car is instantly recognizable as a replica of Herbie, the comedic car that first debuted in the 1968 Disney film “The Love Bug.”

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Published September 20, 2017

Red, amber and green aren’t just traffic lights in autumnal Michigan, but they’re colors on the trees along the state’s wooded highways. And according to travel and tourism groups, those trees will be getting plenty of interest in the coming weeks. 

AAA Michigan public affairs specialist Gary Bubar said many people take trips all over the state to “follow the color” as the reds and oranges hit their peak. 

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Published September 13, 2017

In June 1961, Joe Feko was celebrating his high school graduation with friends at a cottage on Lake Erie when a red Chevrolet Corvette driving down a nearby road caught his eye.

It was the new 1961 version — the first model with a cut back rather than rounded tail, Feko said in an email. As a longtime Corvette fan, he was “mesmerized.”

Two years later, Feko bought one of his own and he’s had it ever since. In fact, over the past 54 years, the 1961 Corvette has been a part of every stage of his adult life.

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Published September 12, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Crowds of metro Detroit students will wait at their stops for the school bus this fall, but bus drivers are counting on motorists to also stop and take precautions so that everyone is safe.

AAA is urging drivers to act carefully for the new school year by driving slowly and vigilantly when in school zones to avoid hitting young pedestrians or bicyclists.

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Published August 31, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Car lovers, car cruisers and those just looking to enjoy a summer night joined together for the 2017 Shorewood Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise, which brought motorcycles, classic cars, trucks and more out to St. Clair Shores.

“Just seeing all the old cars and how they’re kept up ... I like to see the smiles on all the older people’s faces. They light up,” said Marvell Ross, of St. Clair Shores.

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Published August 30, 2017

When Karen Faett, of West Bloomfield, first started cruising with her husband, Jack, she was always in the passenger seat.

“We’d go on cruises and we’d drive up and down Woodward, and he’d never let me drive,” said Faett.

Although she enjoyed riding along in Jack’s 1965 Oldsmobile 442 convertible, she thought it would be even more fun to be behind the wheel of a classic car of her own.

“I realized that I wanted to cruise too,” she said.

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Published August 28, 2017

Michigan State Police and the Michigan Department of Transportation are urging drivers to consider taking turns when having to merge in a construction zone due to blocked-off lanes.

Michigan State Police Spl/F/Lt. Jim Flegel said the best way of merging when entering a construction zone is not really specified in the law. But he said the Michigan Department of Transportation has documented two main ways that people merge. 

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Published August 23, 2017

Labor on the lanes of metro Detroit’s roads is paying off, but more work is yet to be done during this year’s road construction schedule, according to representatives from two county road commissions. 

Road Commission for Oakland County spokesman Craig Bryson commented on some of his organization’s recent activity.

“First and foremost, things are going well, very busy, lots of stuff going on,” he said.

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Published August 22, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Get ready for a party.

The Shorewood Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise returns 5-9 p.m. Aug. 30 on Harper Avenue, between Old Eight Mile Road and Bayside Street, with parties, entertainment, contests and, of course, classic cars.

“We have the largest number of open parties in the history of the cruise,” said Carl Papa, president of Shorewood Kiwanis. “There are 33 open parties. There are 11 private parties, which is a lot of parties.”

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Published August 22, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — It’s right in the name of the event — the Shorewood Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise — and along with classic cars, charities are the focus of the annual event.

“We just finished ... Sunday, where we had 41 kids over at Kmart for our Christmas in August,” said Shorewood Kiwanis President Carl Papa. “If somebody says, ‘Where does this money go?’ That’s where it goes.”

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Published August 21, 2017

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD — It was sunny skies and a perfect 79 degrees on Woodward Avenue as thousands of cars lined the stretch last Saturday for the annual Woodward Dream Cruise.

Birmingham and Bloomfield Township both welcomed revelers with car shows and family-friendly festivities.

Just off Woodward Avenue, on South Old Woodward, the Birmingham Cruise Event offered visitors a more relaxed vibe with around 300 classic vehicles on display throughout the day.

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Published August 16, 2017

Harvey Ettinger’s 1939 Ford Standard Coupe isn’t just a collector’s item — it’s part of the family.     

Ettinger, of Farmington Hills, has owned the car since the 1960s, but before that, it belonged to his mother’s aunt Pearl, whom he named the car after.

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Published August 15, 2017

New college students who are heading to their dorms, as well as parents or moving assistants, are encouraged to pursue a different kind of freshman orientation this time of year — knowing the ins and outs of acquiring and using a rental moving vehicle.

Dick Plontus, president and owner of D&D Auto Parts and U-Save Automotive in Troy, offers rentals of U-Haul trucks. 

“Kids going back to school, they rent everything: They rent trailers, they rent trucks, they rent everything,” he said.

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Published August 14, 2017

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD — Not all of the cars cruising Woodward this weekend will be classics.

Many of them will be police cruisers, out to make sure everyone has a safe and legal time at the huge event that can sometimes draw speedsters, drinkers and even a few crooks.

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Published August 9, 2017

CLAWSON — The spotlight will be on the downtown this weekend when vehicle enthusiasts gather for the 19th annual Down on Main Street car show.

The event, hosted by the Clawson Lions Club, will take place rain or shine at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. The event always takes place the Saturday before the Woodward Dream Cruise.

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Published August 7, 2017

Nostalgia has long been part of the Woodward Dream Cruise’s appeal, but according to event organizers and longtime fans, this year is bound to bring some modern twists to a classic tradition.

This year, the official cruise day is Aug. 19, though many gearheads and classic car aficionados will flock to Woodward Avenue over the preceding week. An estimated 1 million visitors are expected to attend Dream Cruise events this year, and around 50,000 cars are expected to take part in the cruise that week, according to Woodward Dream Cruise president Greg Rassel.

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Published August 7, 2017

FERNDALE — The biggest weekend of the year for downtown Ferndale is only a week away, when thousands will descend on the city for the 23rd annual Woodward Dream Cruise.

The three-day festival of cars will take place Aug. 17-19 in downtown Ferndale at the intersection of Woodward Avenue and Nine Mile Road. 

The cruise is highlighted by Mustang Alley, which is celebrating its 19th year on Saturday, Aug. 19, and will feature more than 700 Ford Mustangs.

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Published August 7, 2017

ROYAL OAK — The 23rd annual Woodward Dream Cruise will return this month with a new presenting sponsor, thousands of classic vehicles and more than a million enthusiasts lining the iconic avenue.

The annual event officially will take place Aug. 19 and stretch from Ferndale north to Pontiac. The happening is always held the third Saturday in August, although residents in the cruise communities know that the event starts unofficially weeks before.

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Published August 7, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — Early in the morning each year, before the crowds take over and the air becomes blurry with exhaust, Birmingham Mayor Mark Nickita steps outside his front door and out onto the streets of downtown Birmingham to take in the annual Birmingham Cruise Event on his own. 

“I always find it a festive and interesting day in downtown Birmingham. It’s nice to take an early walk and really take it all in and enjoy the unique way everything is set up,” Nickita said.

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Published August 7, 2017

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — South of 14 Mile on Woodward Avenue can be a bit frenzied on the day of the Woodward Dream Cruise.

Organizers for events in Bloomfield Township — that includes the township’s classic car show and the Bill Wells Car Club Classic — like to think their event is a bit more tame, but just as rousing for true car enthusiasts. 

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