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2012 Articles

WOMC coming Downriver again
Updated: 6/27/2012 11:29:06 AM EST

Oldies radio station WOMC-FM (104.3) will again have a major presence at the 13th annual Cruisin’ Downriver and its third annual Cruisin’ Downriver Kickoff Car Show. •Beau Daniels will broadcast from 3 to 7 p.m. at the car show Thursday in the parking lots of Yack Recreation Center and Chase bank, Eureka Road at Third Street, downtown Wyandotte. WOMC will present one of the four trophies at the s ... [FULL STORY]

Car Shows and Cruises calendar
Updated: 6/22/2012 4:56:32 PM EST

Car shows and cruises Submit car show listings to Joe Slezak at jslezak@heritage.com. Weekly Events •Tuesday Night Car Cruise, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Emerald Square Shopping Center, North Line at Pardee roads, Taylor. There will be 50-50 drawings, food, beverages and discounts from the businesses. Details: 1-734-216-3368. •Sharkey’s Riverfront Tavern car show, 5 p.m. to dus ... [FULL STORY]

Southern Wayne Chamber to host kickoff party
Updated: 6/22/2012 4:54:06 PM EST

The Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber’s monthly “After Business, Ours” networking event will be a party — a ’50s Cruisin’ Downriver Kickoff Party, to be exact. While the Kickoff Car Show is running outside, the party will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Yack Recreation Center, 3131 Third St., Wyandotte. It will be hosted by Smokies Restaurant & Tavern of Wyandotte. Admission to the party will ... [FULL STORY]

Kickoff Car Show set for Thursday
Updated: 6/21/2012 1:50:13 PM EST

The third annual Cruisin’ Downriver Kickoff Car Show will run from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the neighboring city-owned parking lots of Yack Recreation Center and Chase bank, Eureka Road at Third Street, Wyandotte.
Four trophies will be presented: From the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber, The News-Herald Newspapers, WOMC-FM (104.3) and Wyandotte Mayor Joseph Peterson.
All car ... [FULL STORY]

Downriver Cruise set for June 30; despite construction
Updated: 6/21/2012 1:35:32 PM EST

The show must — and will — go on. The 13th annual Cruisin’ Downriver runs from 10 a.m. to dusk June 30 despite construction on Fort Street. The route runs between Outer Drive and Sibley Road through Lincoln Park, Southgate, Wyandotte and Riverview. Although much of the construction is focused in Southgate, Sandy Mull, president of the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber, said it will not in ... [FULL STORY]


30 Cars in 30 Days: '68 Ford Galaxie
‘New’ classic car makes for happy couple
Updated: 6/7/2012 1:27:23 PM EST

HURON TWP. — No matter how much you like your classic car, there are some reasons that you know it’s time for it to go. Rod Hopper, retired principal of Huron High School, was the proud owner of a 1966 Ford Mustang for years. Recently, it was replaced with a 1968 Ford Galaxie. “I have had the Mustang for many years and had grown tired of it,” Hopper said. “Besides, it was a stick shift and my wi ... [FULL STORY]


30 CARS IN 30 DAYS: '41 Willys
Updated: 6/6/2012 1:58:44 PM EST

WOODHAVEN — Willys from the 1940s have long been a favorite of hot-rodders, and if you have seen Lenny Chmaj’s flamed 1941 Willys, you’d know why. Chmaj acquired his 1941 Willys a few years back by trading his 1953 Chevrolet Corvette replica for it. The Willys that Chmaj traded for features a fiberglass Dennis Taylor body and chassis. The car already had flames on it, but they were not up to ... [FULL STORY]


30 CARS IN 30 DAYS: ’26 Tall T
Updated: 6/6/2012 1:53:59 PM EST

WYANDOTTE — Over the years, John Payne has sat behind the wheel of more than one classic muscle car that has had his name on the title. And there’s no doubt more than one them drew stares from people as he drove by. However, none have gotten the looks of his latest his 1926 Model T, commonly known as a Tall T. Payne recently acquired the car from the family of one of his friends ... [FULL STORY]


30 CARS IN 30 DAYS: '57 Ford Custom 300
Finding Ford Custom 300 makes owner very happy
Updated: 6/6/2012 1:50:26 PM EST

FLAT ROCK — Pat Haener has been involved with muscle and classic cars since the mid-1970s. The 1957 Ford Custom 300 he now owns has been in his possession for more than a decade and probably will be for much longer. "I was looking at Chevelles, Camaros and Fairlanes," Haener said. "Then I found this car, and I am very happy I did." Since acquiring the car, Haener ha ... [FULL STORY]


30 CARS IN 30 DAYS: '72 Chevrolet Camaro RS
Taylor resident finds classic car of his dreams
Updated: 6/6/2012 1:45:59 PM EST

TAYLOR — Ray Hood Jr. has always been a fan of early American muscle cars and wanted one of his own. He did own a 1971 Chevrolet Nova. However, seeing as the Nova was powered by a six-cylinder engine, there wasn’t enough muscle for him and the car didn’t stick around very long. About six years ago, Hood found his muscle car, a 1972 Chevrolet Camaro RS complete with a rare split bumper. The c ... [FULL STORY]


30 CARS IN 30 DAYS: '34 Ford Sedan
Classic Ford owner is loyal to his former employer
Updated: 6/6/2012 1:35:46 PM EST

RIVERVIEW — There are many early Fords from the 1920s and ‘30s where the owners have taken the easy way out and replaced the stock engine with a small-block Chevrolet. Steve Suyak said would never think of doing anything like that. "I worked for Ford and find that they are very dependable cars," he said. "I would never drive a Ford powered by anything else than a Ford ... [FULL STORY]


30 CARS IN 30 DAYS: '55 Ford F-100
Updated: 6/6/2012 1:29:39 PM EST

RIVERVIEW — Trucks always have been popular vehicles because they not only are stylish, they can be quite useful. This even applies to classic trucks. Among the more popular trucks from the past are the fat fender Ford F-100s from the 1950s. Joe Beck happens to be an owner of a 1955 Ford F-100. As one might imagine, the reason he purchased it eight years ago was its fat fenders, and just lov ... [FULL STORY]


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