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Cruisin' Downriver thrives despite dark clouds, temps in the 90s (with video)
Updated: 6/30/2010 11:18:24 AM EST

The few dark clouds gathering on the morning of the 11th annual Cruisin’ Downriver broke early to let the sun reflect itself and the sky in the waxed paint and polished chrome of rumbling Detroit steel. By 3 p.m. Saturday, crowds began to fill every empty space along Fort Street. Whether the surface was grassy, concrete or otherwise, spectators relaxed in chairs, stood with signs or danced to b ... [FULL STORY]


Brother's ride gave a unique perspective to cruise (with video)
Updated: 6/30/2010 11:14:48 AM EST

There is no better way, in my mind, to witness Cruisin’ Downriver than from the cushioned seat of a 1987 Trac Clipper moped. The Clipper is a moped unlike any other. Though the frame is steel, the body is made entirely of bendable plastic. A dull red, the Clipper’s body is emblazoned with black-and-white pinstriping along the bottom near the exhaust pipe. It has a thick, wide seat for extra ... [FULL STORY]


Fort Street could have been renamed 'Memory Lane' on Saturday
Updated: 6/30/2010 11:11:26 AM EST

Fort Street could have been renamed “Memory Lane” on Saturday when thousands of cruisers and thousands more spectators gathered to watch and be a part of the 11th annual “Cruisin’ Downriver.” I watched from the corner of Longsdorf and Fort, just a few blocks from the house I grew up in on Hinton, standing in front of what used to be Mike’s Barber Shop. It is across Longsdorf from the bank parki ... [FULL STORY]


Special cruise events span four cities over three days
Updated: 6/24/2010 2:42:45 PM EST

Call it the “Epicenter of Cruisin’ Downriver.” That’s what most fans do, anyway. When the event gets into full gear Friday night and Saturday morning, the area of Southgate on Fort Street between Eureka and Pennsylvania roads will be jammed with spectators for the 11th annual event. As has been the case, the cruise will officially begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and run through the cities of Linc ... [FULL STORY]


Top 10 reasons to attend Cruisin' Downriver
Updated: 6/24/2010 2:23:48 PM EST

10. THE ROUTE Much consideration was taken in choosing the best route for Cruisin' Downriver. And, Fort Street is the route that not only best represents what Downriver is all about, but also offers the best experience for both cruisers and spectators. The cruise extends north from Sibley Road in Riverview through Southgate and Wyandotte all the way up to Outer Drive in Lincoln Park. ... [FULL STORY]


Founders share their vision of a local cruise to rival Woodward's
Updated: 6/24/2010 2:21:57 PM EST

“Friday and Saturday, ‘babies’ will crawl along Fort Street.” In June 2006, that’s how former News-Herald Staff Writer Bobby Ampezzan started a story about Cruisin’ Downriver. What he wrote (with little editing) then still rings true today … These are not the kind of babies who require changing, but their guardians nonetheless pamper them. Now, in its 11th year, Cruisin’ Downriver ... [FULL STORY]


News-Herald booth to feature local band performing '60s, '70s hits
Updated: 6/24/2010 2:14:53 PM EST

Though the name might be unfamiliar to some, Delirious Love continues to capture the hearts of audiences from Taylor to Manchester with its charismatic and original approach to some of pop rock’s influential music. Delirious Love will perform at the 11th annual Cruisin’ Downriver from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at The News-Herald Newspapers’ Cruisin’ Downriver booth, located at Southgate Lincoln ... [FULL STORY]


Cruisin' Downriver celebrates memories, machines of past
Updated: 6/23/2010 10:20:41 AM EST

After a perfect 10, Cruisin’ Downriver committee members are steering toward No. 11. Saturday marks the 11th anniversary for Downriver’s signature summer event, presented by The News-Herald Newspapers, the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber and oldies radio station WOMC-FM (104.3). Traditionally held on the last Saturday in June, the cruise runs from 10 a.m. to dusk along Fort Stree ... [FULL STORY]


Trenton designer creates official Cruisin' Downriver logo
Updated: 6/23/2010 10:16:03 AM EST

When the Cruisin’ Downriver committee was thinking about this year’s log, it didn’t take News-Herald freelance photographer Dave Chapman long to come up with an image. Chapman suggested using a 1932 Ford owned by Chuck Watson of Grosse Ile, who owns Watson Engineering in Taylor. From there, the logo was left in the able hands of Doug Warner, a Trenton native and former News-Herald employee, ... [FULL STORY]


Riverview cancels its Summerfest
Updated: 6/23/2010 10:06:47 AM EST

RIVERVIEW — Cruisin’ Downriver, now in its 11th summer, lost a close friend earlier this year when the annual Summerfest was canceled. It was one of the event’s “built-in” attractions each year, helping kick off the cruise weekend. “We decided to cancel Summerfest this summer in view of the economic situation,” Riverview Mayor Tim Durand said. “We did not feel it was proper to fund it w ... [FULL STORY]


Autopalooza schedule expands to June and July
Updated: 6/23/2010 10:02:04 AM EST

“Autopalooza” — an impressive lineup of world class auto races, cruises and car shows throughout southeastern Michigan — is expanding from the month of August to the entire summer in 2010, according to its founders, the MotorCities National Heritage Area and Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau. “After three years of focusing on the month of August, we decided it was time to expand ... [FULL STORY]


Holy smokes, Batman! Man spends 10 years building Batmobile
Updated: 6/22/2010 5:18:12 PM EST

ALLEN PARK –– Resident Bob Causey loves Batman. In fact, he loves it so much that he spent 10 years building a replicated Batmobile from the 1995 movie “Batman Forever.” “I just have a love for the character and the designs for the character,” he said. “I saw the car in the movie and thought it was really phenomenal, so I wanted to build it.” The Batmobile is apart of the Downtown Develop ... [FULL STORY]


A long ride
Updated: 6/22/2010 1:12:23 PM EST

Pete Arno of Ann Arbor showed off his 1962 Chrysler Imperial during the second annual Ann Arbor City Club classic car show. The Imperial measures 19 feet long and features a push button transmission, a V-8 engine and a square steering wheel. (Photo by Jeff Smith) ... [FULL STORY]


A grand ride
Updated: 6/21/2010 7:40:20 PM EST

Jim Crichton of Ann Arbor showed off his 1975 Pontiac Grand Am during the second annual Ann Arbor City Club classic car show. ... [FULL STORY]


Club formed to preserve 'Beautiful Brutes'
Updated: 6/18/2010 12:37:20 PM EST

I had heard of the legendary 1957 Chrysler 300 C, and in 1963 my friend, Gil, found one in the back row of a dirt car lot with $700 on the window. We wrangled a test drive. We couldn't wait to get it off the lot. The first corner we came to, my buddy took it pretty easy. The car seemed impatient with us. The next corner he drove hard. I slid all the way across the seat, but the car didn't slide at ... [FULL STORY]


Husband and wife love their birds
Updated: 6/16/2010 3:14:00 PM EST

ALLEN PARK — Nelson and Dee Zuchetto are a pair of bird lovers. Classic Thunderbirds, that is. In their garage, you will find two Ford Thunderbirds — a 1957 and a 1966. “When we bought the 1966 Thunderbird, it wasn’t exactly the car we wanted,” Nelson said. “But it was a good deal, so we bought it anyway.” Besides, noted Dee, ’66 was the year they got married and she likes the room the re ... [FULL STORY]

Cruisin' Downriver gets an early start this year
Updated: 6/16/2010 2:58:27 PM EST

Cruisin’ Downriver, one of the region’s largest and most-anticipated annual classic car cruises, will get an early jump-start this year, as organizers get set to roll out a first-ever “Cruisin’ Downriver Kickoff Car Show” from 6 to 8 p.m. June 24, near the corner of Eureka Road and Biddle Avenue in Wyandotte. The event will serve as the official start of the 11th annual Downriver car-fest, whic ... [FULL STORY]


Man has second chance at owning vintage Pontiac GTO
Updated: 6/8/2010 5:01:42 PM EST

TRENTON — Back in 1964, Roy Flores was one of the lucky ones who purchased a new Pontiac GTO. “I was working at Ford in the steel division,” Flores said. “One night after work I was at a gas station and a foreman where I worked saw me and my car and asked me, ‘Why don’t you get a Mustang?’ “I answered, ‘This car eats Mustangs.’” Regrettably, Flores’ ownership of the GTO was short lived. U ... [FULL STORY]

Downriver Wanderers Classic Car Club Cruise (with video)
Updated: 5/26/2010 3:53:09 PM EST

The Downriver Wanderers Classic Car Club Cruise meets every Tuesday at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 23200 Allen Road, Woodhaven. Plaques, door prizes, 50-50 drawing, music, discounts at restaurants in the plaza are all offered. For details, click on www.downriverwanderers.com or call 1-734-558-4282. ... [FULL STORY]

Flat Rock Big Boy classic car show (with video)
Updated: 5/26/2010 3:41:51 PM EST

From 4 to 8 p.m. every Monday, Flat Rock Big Boy holds a classic car show that is open to all makes and models of classic cars and car clubs. ... [FULL STORY]


Thursday night car show added to Cruisin' Downriver
Updated: 5/26/2010 2:38:55 PM EST

The 11th annual Cruisin’ Downriver, scheduled for June 26 along Fort Street in the cities of Lincoln Park, Wyandotte, Southgate and Riverview, is adding a new feature — a Thursday evening classic car show. The first “Cruisin’ Downriver Kickoff Car Show” will run from 6 to 8 p.m. June 24 at the Chase bank parking lot, 3200 Biddle Ave. at Eureka Road, Wyandotte. Scheduled as a primer for the a ... [FULL STORY]


Liz Fry enjoys her 1973 Ford Pinto
Updated: 5/26/2010 2:36:11 PM EST

TAYLOR — Not everyone agrees on what qualifies a car as a classic. Some people believe that when a car gets to be a certain age, it automatically gains classic status; others aren’t so kind and believe some vehicles should never be given that status, no matter their age. Liz Fry knows firsthand about that argument. She has it often when she drives around in her V-8 powered 1973 Ford Pinto. ... [FULL STORY]


Tune-up shop celebrates 25th anniversary
Updated: 5/26/2010 1:13:36 PM EST

(This story first appeared in The News-Herald Newspapers on Tuesday, April 27, 2010) WYANDOTTE — Jim Walker eats, sleeps and breathes cars, and has been doing so for 25 years as the owner of Walker’s Downriver Tune-Ups. “I can’t remember the last time he took a day off,” said his son, Dennis. “I’m a workaholic,” Walker said. “Even if I’m sick, I’m here.” Although he admitted he ... [FULL STORY]


Life of custom car builder told in upcoming biography
Updated: 5/26/2010 1:09:57 PM EST

(This story first appeared in The News-Herald Newspapers on Thursday, February 04, 2010) There are different ways to learn someone’s life story. One is to spend hour upon hour talking with them. While that might be possible for some close friends and family members, it is not possible with everyone you would like to know more about. For those who want to know about legendary custom ca ... [FULL STORY]


Local man honored as 'Builder of the Year' at Autorama
Updated: 5/26/2010 1:06:43 PM EST

(This story first appeared in The News-Herald Newspapers on Tuesday, February 23, 2010) HURON TWP. — Over the decades, legendary custom car builder Chuck Miller has won many awards for his car-building skills, including the Detroit Autorama Circle of Champions, North St. Ignace Straits Area Antique Auto Show Hall of Fame and Autorama’s Ridler Award, just to mention a few. However, non ... [FULL STORY]

Car Cruise Calendar
Updated: 4/7/2010 3:02:14 PM EST

Submit car show listings via e-mail to jslezak@heritage.com or fax to 1-734-246-2727. The deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesdays. WEEKLY EVENTS Wednesdays 5 p.m. to dusk starting April 28, Riverfront Family Restaurant Cruise, 22825 Huron River Drive, Rockwood. Open to all classic cars. Trophies, door prizes, 50-50 drawing, disc jockey Davey G, meal discounts. Details: 1-734-379-3444. SPECIAL EVENTS ... [FULL STORY]

The 11th annual Cruisin’ Downriver
Updated: 5/17/2010 8:06:49 PM EST

The 11th annual Cruisin’ Downriver will begin at 10 a.m. June 26, 2010 and cruise through the cities of Lincoln Park, Riverview, Southgate, and Wyandotte. More than 500,000 car buffs and enthusiasts are expected to line Fort Street in hope of getting a sneak peek at their dream car. There is no registration fee for the cruise itself. Preferred access to the cruise route is Southfield Fr ... [FULL STORY]


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