Grosse Pointe Shores to showcase the classics at car show

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published August 28, 2018

 Harper Woods Mayor Ken Poynter — pictured in his 1940s Hudson — will be bringing this special vehicle to Grosse Pointe Shores’ classic car show, which will take place Sept. 9 at Osius Park.

Harper Woods Mayor Ken Poynter — pictured in his 1940s Hudson — will be bringing this special vehicle to Grosse Pointe Shores’ classic car show, which will take place Sept. 9 at Osius Park.

File photo by Erin Sanchez

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Summer might unofficially be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get your classic car fix.

Grosse Pointe Shores will be holding its third annual classic car show from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 9 at Osius Park. Unlike most events at the residents-only park, this show is open to the general public. And those who’d like to bring their own classic vehicles can do so for free if they apply by Aug. 31; after that, the fee to register a vehicle will be $10.

Vehicles from the 1993 model year and earlier are acceptable, and the first 80 entrants will receive a dashboard plaque and a gift bag.

“We have 50 cars already registered,” City Manager Mark Wollenweber said, as of an Aug. 21 Shores City Council meeting.

Last year, the show drew more than 80 vehicles and about 200 spectators, Shores Finance Officer/Treasurer Rhonda Ricketts said by email. Ricketts has been organizing this event for the city since its inception.

“Some of our oldest cars registered right now are a 1915 Stutz Bear Cat, a 1927 Ford ‘T’ Coupe, a 1940 Dodge Businessman’s Coupe and a 1926 Chrysler G-70 Bumbleseat Roadster owned by one of our Grosse Pointe Shores residents,” Ricketts said via email. “Many vehicles from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s are also registered.”

She said that door prizes will be given to randomly selected vehicle entrant owners, and classic rock songs from the 1960s through the 1980s will be played.

One of this year’s highlights should be a Hudson vehicle owned by Harper Woods Mayor Ken Poynter, said Shores Mayor Ted Kedzierski.

“We’re trying to get a wide collection of novel cars,” Kedzierski said.

By opening it up to the wider community, he said, they’re hoping to possibly attract new residents.

“It’s a nice event, and everybody sees the splendor and beauty of our community,” Kedzierski said. “So many people have been impressed with the park and its beauty.”

And this year, officials are celebrating the recently redone tennis courts and parking lot paving at Osius Park.

Awards will be given out in several categories: Best Ford, Best Mopar, Best General Motors, Best Import, Mayor’s Choice and People’s Choice.

Admission for spectators is free, and the concessions stand will be open that day for anyone wishing to purchase food or beverages.

Osius Park is located at 800 Lake Shore Road. To register or for more information, see the form on the Shores’ website, www.gpshoresmi.gov, email rricketts@gpshoresmi.gov or call (313) 881-6565.