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Published October 11, 2017

With the holidays not too far away, it’s not too soon to do some shopping for quality tires to get a car or truck through Michigan’s hazardous winter weather.

Snowy or icy conditions are a common risk to metro Detroit drivers due to the possibilities for slipping and skidding. 

Bill Griffin, owner of Griffin’s Neighborhood Auto Clinic in Farmington Hills, said there is not much people can do to keep their tires in top condition over the winter. But he said tires should have a tread of at least 5/32 of an inch in order to be effective. 

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Published October 11, 2017

In 1964, Birmingham resident Stu Shuster started working at the General Motors Co. Design Center in Warren, where he would spend his early career rubbing elbows with the creators of some of the classics of that era.

One of the cars that Shuster became familiar with was the Chevrolet Corvair.

“The original car was designed in Ned F. Nickles’ advanced studio in the late ’50s,” said Shuster. “I worked for Ned in later years.”

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Published October 3, 2017

Fifty years after its founding, Bill Fox Chevrolet is celebrating its golden anniversary and is quite at home among businesses in the community.

On Sept. 22, the Rochester Hills-based dealership was given an award for its 50th anniversary. General Sales Manager Robert Shastal said leaders from General Motors Co. and Chevrolet visited the dealership to offer the award to the business’s founder, Bill Fox, and his son and current Bill Fox Chevrolet owner, John Fox. 

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Published September 28, 2017

DETROIT — Engines roared and tires screeched across the runways of Detroit City Airport Sept. 23 for the first-ever Motor City Showdown drag races.

The event featured the first legal drag racing in the Motor City, and a crowd of more than 7,600 people attended. It was the passion project of Brian Olatunji, a drag racer and Detroit native. He helped found Lead Foot Events, a company to help host the races.

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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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