Taryn and Lincoln Ternes, ages 4 and 7, of Shelby Township, check out some scary characters in a 1927 Roadster owned by Fred Giles, of Troy, at the Troy Traffic Jam at Columbia Center last year.

Taryn and Lincoln Ternes, ages 4 and 7, of Shelby Township, check out some scary characters in a 1927 Roadster owned by Fred Giles, of Troy, at the Troy Traffic Jam at Columbia Center last year.

File photo by Donna Agusti


Jam with classic cars at Columbia Center

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published July 10, 2018

 Katelyn Stewart, 21, of Bloomfield Hills, cleans and polishes her boyfriend’s 1956 Lincoln during the Troy Traffic Jam in 2017.

Katelyn Stewart, 21, of Bloomfield Hills, cleans and polishes her boyfriend’s 1956 Lincoln during the Troy Traffic Jam in 2017.

File photo by Donna Agusti

TROY — Paul Clark, a lifetime member of the Troy Historical Society, loves to see children’s faces when they see history come to life at the Troy Historic Village. 

A Buick car enthusiast and co-founder of the Troy Traffic Jam, Clark will bring his ’83 Buick Riviera convertible to the show this year on Aug. 5.

“It’s pretty much a survivor,” he said. “It’s a pretty rare car; only 1,750 were made.”

He explained that the model is also unique. It was a hardtop converted to a convertible. 

What he likes best about the Troy Traffic Jam is that its purpose is to keep the Troy Historic Village operating. 

The Connect with Careers program is new to the Troy Traffic Jam this year. 

“We wondered, ‘Can a car show be more than a car show?’” said Loraine Campbell, director of the Troy Historical Museum. “Turns out it can.”

Representatives from the Oakland Intermediate School District, Oakland Community College, Macomb Community College, automotive technology groups and other companies will showcase hands-on job training programs and offer students and their parents the opportunity to meet with representatives who will answer questions, provide information and give live demonstrations.

 “As a business that has proudly served the automotive industry for more than 70 years, it’s imperative we support events like Troy Traffic Jam’s Connect with Careers,” David Fischer Jr., president and COO of The Suburban Collection, said in a prepared statement. 

“It’s vital to the industry we find ways to connect our next generation with automotive careers and training programs that will serve the industry for the next 70 years and beyond,” he added.

The 2018 Traffic Jam will feature the Duesenberg J-582, owned by Terry Adderley, executive chairman of Kelly Services in Troy. The J-582 was produced in Indianapolis from 1929 to 1937, according to the Troy Historical Society. Of the 485 cars sold, including the one that Adderley owns, all received custom coachwork, tailored to the individual whim of each owner, according to the Troy Historical Society.

Adderley’s Duesenberg J-582 was completely restored in 2017 by Classic & Exotic Service in Troy.

 A new restaurant is under construction at the Columbia Center along Big Beaver Road. 

“We want to assure everyone the exterior of the building will be complete by showtime, although the restaurant won’t be open,” Campbell said.

Food and beverages from local restaurants including AAA Ice Cream Cart with Good Humor brands will be on-site. There will also be activities for kids. 

Troy Traffic Jam is free to spectators, and classic car owners may preregister vehicles for $20 or pay $25 to enter their cars on the day of the show. 

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Troy Historical Society, which sponsors events and educational programs at the Troy Historic Village.  

KIRCO/Columbia Center, Kelly Services, The Suburban Collection, American House and the city of Troy are major sponsors. 

The Troy Traffic Jam will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 5 at Columbia Center, 201 W. Big Beaver Road. 

 Car participants may download applications at TroyTrafficJam.com. Call (248) 524-3571 for information.

Sponsorships are available. Contact Tina Collins at tcollins@THVmail.org or (248) 524-3571.