Busy weekend ahead for car and truck enthusiasts

By: Thomas Franz | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published May 26, 2015

 More than 100 cars participated in the inaugural Austin Catholic High School car show last year.

More than 100 cars participated in the inaugural Austin Catholic High School car show last year.

Photo provided by Lisa Upton


MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A pair of free car and truck shows will make this weekend an eventful one for car lovers in and around Macomb Township.

On Saturday, May 30, the Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Department will host its 16th annual Tons O’ Truck event. The free event runs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the St. John Medical Center on 23 Mile Road.

“We have SWAT vehicles from the (Macomb County) Sheriff’s Department, the Fire Department, SMART buses, tractors, limousines, everything you could possibly think of,” said Sal DiCaro, director of Macomb Township Parks and Recreation.

DiCaro said that an expected crowd of 5,000-7,000 people will get to check out about 75 vehicles.

“In the past, we’ve had a hovercraft. Kids can honk the horns, ring the bells, get inside the vehicles, so it’s a really nice event,” DiCaro said. “Everybody loves it, and I really think the vendors and the people with the vehicles, they love it, too. They love sharing the information of their cars, funny cars or monster trucks. It is a spectacle, no doubt about it.”

The event, which began with 15 vehicles at Town Center Park, is the official kickoff to summer event for the department.

“It’s definitely something that the kids have looked forward to every year because we always get a great turnout for it,” DiCaro said. “Clearly, this gets us going and puts us in special events mode. We have 10 free events every summer, and this is always the first one.”

The following day, Austin Catholic High School will hold its second annual car show from noon-4 p.m. in the school’s parking lot on 26 Mile Road.

Last year’s inaugural event featured about 100 cars, old and new, and was well-received by the local area.

“We had rave reviews from the alumni and the local governments,” Director of Advancement Lisa Upton said. “Ray Township’s Fire Department had a couple of cars here, and everyone was just really interested to see it with Austin being such a new school, so the event was very successful.”

Austin opened in 2011 and currently has an enrollment of 60 students. Its first graduation ceremony was scheduled for May 27. Austin previously had a campus in Detroit that operated from 1952-1978.

“The word is still getting out there. We’re growing rapidly, but it’s helpful to have these events so people can come take a look at it and see that we do exist, we have wonderful students, and we’re able to offer a really good education for northern Macomb County,” Upton said.

For car enthusiasts interested in registering their car for the Austin event, cars can be pre-registered until May 29 for $15. Car owners will be able to register the day of the event for $20. Upton said the number of pre-registered cars is up from last year.

“It’s not just classic cars. We have newer Corvettes coming and older classic cars, as well. Any car is welcome to participate,” Upton said.

Four awards will be given in the following categories at the Austin event: staff choice, people’s choice, student choice, and alumni choice.

All proceeds will go directly to Austin Catholic High School.

Concessions will be available at both events, and while parking will be available at Austin, Tons O’ Trucks parking will require a pair of overflow lots that will be serviced with shuttles. Additional parking will be found at St. Isidore Catholic Church, as well as at the Foam Factory.