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Published August 7, 2017

PONTIAC — For years, the city of Pontiac has celebrated the annual Woodward Dream Cruise right alongside the other spots along the busy corridor. 

But Pontiac has just never gotten the same amount of attention as, say, Royal Oak or Birmingham. Which is strange, if you think about it: Why is the city that shares its name with a car brand not in the spotlight during the nation’s biggest classic car event?

Jonathan Witz has some theories as to why that is. 

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Published August 7, 2017

BERKLEY — Berkley’s prelude to the Woodward Dream Cruise is getting ready to start again, as the city’s CruiseFest Classic Car Parade soon will take over 12 Mile Road.

The 22nd annual CruiseFest will take place beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug 18, on 12 Mile Road.

Parks and Recreation Director Theresa McArleton said this year’s event is similar to the events of years past, but that it’s a tried-and-true format that people really seem to enjoy.

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Published August 7, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Looking for another way to travel down Woodward Avenue during the annual Dream Cruise?

Everyone is invited to lace up their running shoes and participate in the sixth annual Cruise in Shoes 5K fun run and walk beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19.

The run and walk is an official Woodward Dream Cruise event and will take participants right down historic Woodward Avenue on cruise day. 

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Published August 7, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The 15th annual Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise officially took place from noon to 6 p.m. on Aug. 6. But festivities began as early as 8 a.m. Activities included pre-cruise car show parking and exhibitions, and a special cruise for pedal cars commencing at 10:30 a.m.  

Dorian Ford, 35900 Gratiot Ave., served as the headquarters for this year’s cruise. It was the designated site for vendor and service group tables, along with live entertainment and an area for kids featuring carnival rides. 

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Published August 2, 2017

ROCHESTER — Downtown Rochester will soon be bustling with classic and custom cars when nearly 400 vehicles roll into town Aug. 13.

This year’s Rockin’ Rods n’ Rochester car show will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, on Walnut Boulevard, between University and Second streets, in downtown Rochester.

“Especially when the weather is cooperative, we probably get a few thousand people to the show,” said Celia Domalewski, who organizes the show for the Rochester Lions Club.

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Published August 1, 2017

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When it comes to driving simply for the fun of it, many car enthusiasts turn to modern-day sports cars, but for Jon Albert, of Bloomfield Hills, nothing beats the driving experience of the 1940s.

Albert owns a 1946 MG TC roadster, the third model in the “T” series manufactured by the MG Car Co. in England. It’s a car that Albert has had his eye on since he was a kid, and now that he has one, he takes it out on the road “for the sheer enjoyment of driving.”

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Published July 31, 2017

Police are warning drivers to make sure their windowpanes are visible so that their vehicles are not a pain to themselves or others on the road.

Michigan State Police Spl/F/Lt. Jim Flegel said objects that obscure the line of sight amid traffic can be dangerous and can impede defensive driving.

“It’s just like driving while distracted,” he said. “It distracts you. You cannot see any hazards out there.”

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Published July 31, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Classic car enthusiasts are invited to take a cruise back in time this weekend during two Royal Oak Historical Society Museum events celebrating everything automobile.

The first event will kick off Automotive Heritage Month with an opening reception for the “Chrome, Fins & Style” and “Woodward Memories” exhibits from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Royal Oak Historical Society Museum, 1411 W. Webster Road.

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Published July 26, 2017

TROY — Paul Clark doesn’t expect to win any awards for his recently acquired 1983 burgundy Buick Riviera convertible at the Troy Traffic Jam. 

But Clark, a member of the Southeast Michigan Buick Club of America, wouldn’t miss the show. 

Clark, who worked in facilities engineering management for General Motors until he retired, is a lifetime member of the Troy Historical Society and volunteers his time and expertise to fix things at the Troy Historic Village. 

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Published July 26, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Cruise has become a hit party scene, and the 2017 edition is expected to continue the festivities.

The 15th anniversary of the cruise will take place Sunday, Aug. 6, and will include pre-cruise car shows, cars parading up and down Gratiot Avenue, a large midway, and activities for kids of all ages.

Pre-cruise shows will take place 5-8 p.m. at Fern Hill Golf Club July 31, Avante Banquets by Catering 2 You Aug. 1, Wiseguys Bar & Grill Aug. 2, ConCorde Inn Aug. 3 and Clancy’s Irish Pub Aug. 4

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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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