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Published July 19, 2017

Roseville resident Mike Bilski, 41, saw the movie “Back to the Future” on the day it opened in 1985, and ever since, he said, he’s been obsessed with the DeLorean — the film’s car-turned-time-machine.

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Published July 19, 2017

Visitors to the 39th Annual Concours d’Elegance of America will have plenty of vehicles to view when the weekend car celebration appears at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth July 28-30.

This year, the Concours d’Elegance promises to showcase around 300 vehicles with origins that span the globe, and many of the models are rare or unique. According to the show’s website, the vehicles’ value is collectively assessed at more than $90 million. 

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Published July 12, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Just as it’s important to keep a clean driving record, motorists should also be considerate by not littering — and thus keeping garbage and personal belongings from spilling out into the road, according to Michigan traffic observers.

According to Michigan law, littering of common, nonmedical waste materials is typically a civil infraction with fines that vary depending on the object’s size. However, intentional highway littering in a moving vehicle’s path can be a misdemeanor. 

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Published July 6, 2017

Troy resident Bill Norris’ historic Jeep came into his life before he was old enough to drive it.

Norris has been a “car guy” for as long as he can remember, working on cars with his dad when he was just 4 years old. So in 1984, when he was 14, his dad enlisted him for a special father-son project — restoring a 1947 Willys Jeep CJ2A, the first civilian model built after World War II.

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Published June 28, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Responsibility for child and pet passengers doesn’t end when a driver leaves a vehicle, as proven by the dangers of being trapped inside a car while it’s warm outside. 

The safety advocacy group KidsAndCars.org says that 12 children have died from vehicular heatstroke so far this year, and 39 such deaths happened last year. The group warns parents that anyone can potentially have a memory lapse that leads to forgetting a child in a hot car, and it’s not something that only happens to other people.

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Published June 21, 2017

Dick Ruzzin has always had an eye for design, and he has the career — and the car — to prove it.

Now retired, the Grosse Pointe Park resident worked as a creative designer for General Motors Co. for nearly 40 years, rising through the ranks from junior designer to director of design for GM Europe, and then to director of design for Chevrolet. With those credentials, it’s no surprise that he has a car to match.

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Published June 21, 2017

METRO DETROIT — It’s time to deal with summer heat while in the driver’s seat, and auto experts have several recommendations for what to do when the temperatures creep above 90 degrees. 

More than 170,000 drivers in the state could receive a AAA-aided rescue during the summer driving months, according to the auto agency’s predictions.

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Published June 20, 2017

The 19th annual Cruisin’ Gratiot June 17 had nothing but partly cloudy skies and peeks of sunshine to bring in classic car enthusiasts near and far.

Harper Woods Mayor Ken Poynter provided his 1942 Hudson Commodore convertible for the cruise as the grand marshal’s vehicle.

Eastpointe resident Robert Baker was nominated by his daughter, Maia, to be the 2017 Eastpointe Cruisin’ Gratiot grand marshal.

“It was fun and exciting. I just had a blast,” Baker said of the VIP parade of convertibles.

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Published June 15, 2017

The week leading up to the 19th annual Cruisin’ Gratiot is filled with classic car shows throughout Eastpointe that allow attendees to display their vintage vehicles.

St. Clair Shores resident John Ripullo is a member of the United Street Machine car club and enjoys being a part of the annual event.

“The car club brings me to Cruisin’ Gratiot. This is my second year with (Cruisin’) Gratiot,” said Ripullo, while attending the classic car show at First State Bank June 14.

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Published June 14, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Living life in the fast lane on a Michigan highway can sometimes be against the rules of the road, though drivers often are unaware of the law’s specifics, according to Michigan State Police traffic safety experts.

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Published June 14, 2017

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Sure, EyesOn Design has been ranked by USA Today as the fourth-finest car show in the country, and the top one in Michigan.

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Published June 7, 2017

For Warren resident Mark Sroka, every inch of his car has significance.

The 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GTB is covered top-to-bottom in a custom-made car wrap in memory of his late son, Christopher.

“Everything on this car has something to do with him, so it’s very meaningful,” he said.

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Published June 5, 2017

EASTPOINTE — Eastpointe native Carol Ward loves all things purple, and for her, it’s not just a much-loved color — it’s a way of life.

Ward has a mostly purple wardrobe and lives in a purple house with purple flowers in her garden. So when she wanted a new paint job for her 1981 Pontiac Trans Am, what color did she pick? You guessed it: purple.

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Published May 31, 2017

METRO DETROIT — A group of Chevy dealerships is offering visitors a chance to help some four-legged friends while looking at the various four-wheeled models on the showroom floor. 

Throughout June, more than 30 metro Detroit Chevrolet dealerships will participate in a campaign called Pickups for Paws. The effort aims to collect donated pet-related items, such as toys and food, for local pet rescue groups, animal shelters and similar nonprofit animal charities.

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Published May 23, 2017

Rochester Hills resident Steve Wolken describes his car as an “ostentatious, chrome-laden monster” — but he means that in a good way.

Wolken owns a 1958 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special that he inherited from his great uncle, Ernest J. Netzhammer, who was the secretary/treasurer of the Bluff City Brewery in Alton, Illinois, near St. Louis. 

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Published May 22, 2017

METRO DETROIT — With the summer season approaching, more Michigan drivers will be hitching trailers, boats and more behind them while on the road. And due to the challenges that come with towing such loads, both trailer owners and surrounding drivers are advised to take precautions.

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Published May 17, 2017

METRO DETROIT — As soon as it’s warm enough to stay outdoors, it quickly becomes classic car show season in metro Detroit. And this year promises another series of shows for people who like to drive or showcase their hot rods, convertibles and more where they can be seen and admired by the public.

As usual, the Woodward Dream Cruise will be coming back, this year Aug. 19. The event’s president, Greg Rassel, said last year’s cruise drew about 750,000 people. 

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Published May 10, 2017

When Chuck Reiner wants to spend some time on the water, he just drives right in.

You read that right. Reiner, 62, of Fraser, hops into his Amphicar, drives to one of his favorite lakes, and then glides into the water as his car seamlessly transitions to a boat with a 10-horsepower motor.

“We are able to go literally anywhere,” said Reiner. “We basically qualify to go in any lake or river.”

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Published May 3, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Reminders about driving behavior may prove tiresome at times, but being tired is one of the leading factors that can contribute to a dangerous crash, according to safety experts and statistics. 

A 2016 AAA survey found that almost 30 percent of drivers had a hard time keeping their eyes open behind the wheel within the past month or so, and around 3 percent admitted that this occurs “fairly often” or frequently. 

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Published April 26, 2017

METRO DETROIT — When a car wash is not enough to make a car look and feel clean, local auto businesses have another option — full or partial auto detailing. 

Greg Swett, owner at Classic Appreciation World Class Auto Detailing in Rochester, confirmed that spring is the time of year when interest skyrockets in auto cleaning and detailing.

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