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Crusin' Downriver 2014 date set
Updated: 10/17/2013 12:38:21 PM EST

The annual Cruisin' Downriver will be held June 28, 2014. The News-Herald will have more details closer to the day of the event. ... [FULL STORY]

KIBBY: Classic Car Show one of Allen Park DDA's many successes
Updated: 7/17/2013 10:19:57 AM EST

On behalf of the Allen Park Downtown Development Authority, I would like to thank everyone for another great Classic Car Show July 10. It was a wonderful evening downtown, thanks to the great turnout from car owners and enthusiasts alike. The annual Classic Car Show is one of the many benefits the DDA brings to the downtown district and community. The DDA could be the city's best-kept secret. F ... [FULL STORY]

CAUGHT IN THE WEB: Cruisin’ Downriver revisited
Updated: 7/12/2013 12:10:06 PM EST

What was hot this week? Pictures. Pictures of cars to be more specific. Cruisin’ Downriver was June 29 and we had multimedia journalists Dave Herndon and Erica McClain, along with News-Herald freelance photographer Dave Chapman, snapping a lot of photos. We shared those pictures on our Media Center site and fans of classic cars and hot rods loved them. At the writing of this column, close ... [FULL STORY]

CAUGHT IN THE WEB: Cruisin' Downriver and candidate videos
Updated: 7/12/2013 11:56:17 AM EST

By the time you see this, I'll be sitting on a warm beach with a cool drink enjoying a much-deserved vacation. Though that doesn’t mean that you shouldn't be checking out our website, We've got a lot of cool features that you won't find in the print editions of the paper. For starters, it's cruise weekend. Yesterday was the 14th annual Cruisin' Downriver classic car crui ... [FULL STORY]

CRUISIN' DOWNRIVER 2013: Classic car owners, enthusiasts gear up for 14th annual cruise
Updated: 6/24/2013 4:59:28 PM EST

Construction again will alter the route when Cruisin’ Downriver returns to the area Saturday for a 14th straight year, but it shouldn’t keep classic car owners and enthusiasts from enjoying one of the region’s biggest days. The continuing reconstruction of Fort Street compelled Riverview officials to keep their city out of this year’s cruise, but there’s still plen ... [FULL STORY]

CRUISIN' DOWNRIVER 2013: The abridged story of the origin of Cruisin' Downriver
Updated: 6/24/2013 2:56:01 PM EST

“As a chamber guy, I was always a little bit more aware of how the Downriver area was portrayed in the media of southeast Michigan, “Clemente said. “My bigger issue, too, was we needed a signature event and the cruise is good for the summer.” There were some issues with businesses on Fort that would have to close for the day, but they were smoothed over. Bars in the area loved the i ... [FULL STORY]

CRUISIN' DOWNRIVER 2013: Classic Car Etiquette: Look but don't touch
Updated: 6/24/2013 2:39:30 PM EST

"Look but don’t touch" is a sign often seen at car shows and cruise nights. The reason for this is that car owners have invested many hours of time — and lots of money — in their vehicles and they don’t want them damaged. To ensure that you don’t damage anyone’s car, here are some do’s and don’ts. «DON’T have any food or d ... [FULL STORY]

How to buy a classic car
Updated: 6/24/2013 2:23:56 PM EST

OK, you’re going to do it. You’ve decided it’s time. You are going to buy that classic vehicle you’ve wanted for years. Great! But remember: Before you spend all that hard-earned money, you must take some steps to spend it wisely. There are some things to be considered before you bring home that ’68 Mustang Fastback — or whatever happens to be the classic car of ... [FULL STORY]

SOUTHGATE: New for 2013: Live streaming of Cruisin' Downriver
Updated: 6/21/2013 11:00:07 AM EST

SOUTHGATE — If you can’t make it to the 14th Cruisin’ Downriver, we’ll bring it to you. The News-Herald Newspapers and Busen’s Appliance in Lincoln Park are teaming to live stream three hours of coverage during Saturday’s annual cruise through Lincoln Park, Wyandotte and Southgate. Online Editor Joe Gray will anchor our coverage from noon to 3 p.m. at Sout ... [FULL STORY]

30 CARS IN 30 DAYS: 1951 Chevy is all original
Updated: 6/18/2013 1:42:45 PM EST

WYANDOTTE — A promise kept, when city resident Lew Ferrell and his dad started working on his dad’s 1951 Chevrolet it was clear the car was to stay as original as possible — and Ferrell plans to keep it that way. "Many people have asked me why I haven’t put a big block motor in the car or chopped the top," Ferrell said. "I promised Dad I would keep it as s ... [FULL STORY]

30 CARS IN 30 DAYS: Flat Rock resident has pair of Woodies
Updated: 6/13/2013 3:27:15 PM EST

FLAT ROCK — Not all Woodies spend their life with a surf board strapped on top cruising up and down the California coast. At least one of them spends its time cruising the roads of Flat Rock and other Downriver communities. The one that is seen in these parts belongs to Flat Rock resident Larry Hehl. Hehl has always been a fan of Ford Woodies and has two of them, a coupe and a wagon. ... [FULL STORY]

INSIDE AUTO: 2013 Cadillac XTS: a new definition of the big American car
Updated: 6/10/2013 3:15:21 PM EST

This is a good, modern replacement for the Cadillac large sedans. Long-time large-Cadillac owners may offer resistance, because they feel that a car this expensive ought to have a V8 engine. But a modern, direct-injection V6 engine produces quite enough power. Younger buyers know this engine’s output is comfortably within the range of previous V8 power, so the switch may help Cadillac in ... [FULL STORY]

30 CARS IN 30 DAYS: Restoration of ‘33 Ford took longer than planned
Updated: 6/7/2013 2:42:58 PM EST

FLAT ROCK — Some things take longer to finish than hoped or planned for. Such is the case for Lee Jackson and his 1933 Ford. "I built the car in my 24-by-24 garage," Jackson said. "I did everything myself except for the interior. I just can’t sew." Jackson chose the 1933 Ford because he liked the shape and swoop of the grille. The project took him 10 years t ... [FULL STORY]

Our Cruisin’ Downriver Kick-Off Car Show
Updated: 6/7/2013 8:58:39 AM EST

It’s summer, and in Downriver that means Cruisin’ time. Many car shows have been popping up all over the place already and will continue to do so until fall. These are great places to see and be seen for the car crowd, but the big daddy of car shows will be rolling along Fort Street the last Saturday of June in the 14th annual Cruisin’ Downriver. As we have the past four ye ... [FULL STORY]

30 CARS IN 30 DAYS: Southgate man's 1941 Willys is completely custom
Updated: 6/6/2013 3:38:34 PM EST

SOUTHGATE — Everyone seems to have what they believe is the best hot rod. For Rick Caruso, there is little doubt what his is as he has one he drives. "My favorite hot rod style of all time is the 1941 Willys," he said. "The only problem I have with it is that I have to pick the way I drive to car shows and cruise night." The reason for this is that his car sit ... [FULL STORY]

30 CARS IN 30 DAYS: Ecorse resident trades horsepower for comfort with El Camino
Updated: 6/1/2013 3:34:33 PM EST

CORSE — Many people are loyal to certain makes of cars, and that certainly includes Bo Blevins from Ecorse, who has owned and driven Hemi-powered cars for what seems like forever. So when Blevins showed up in his 1970 Chevrolet SS 454 El Camino, people asked him. Why? His answer? "I’ve spent 18 years burning up driving in a Hemi-powered convertible. I wanted something th ... [FULL STORY]

30 CARS IN 30 DAYS: Island resident has pair of dream cars
Updated: 6/2/2013 3:25:24 PM EST

GROSSE ILE TWP. — When people are young, there are vehicles they fall in love with but just can’t have. Youth, a lack of cash or other circumstances often keep them from their dreams. Some people are lucky enough later in their life to finally get the car of their dreams. One such person is island resident, Bob Zelasko. "When I was young I always wanted a 1965 Plymouth ... [FULL STORY]

30 CARS IN 30 DAYS: Post WWII British sports cars still have following in USA
Updated: 6/3/2013 3:19:51 PM EST

TRENTON — After WWII GIs returned from England with a love of British sports car and many of them were imported into the USA. These cars still have a loyal following. One such follower is Trenton resident John Gervasi, a proud owner of a fine example of early British sports car with his 1952 MG TD Mark II. The Mark II MG is a performance version of a MG TD with only 1,022 of them b ... [FULL STORY]

30 CARS IN 30 DAYS: Pair of classic cars keep family together despite separate rides
Updated: 6/6/2013 3:14:26 PM EST

LINCOLN PARK — It has been said, a family that plays together stays together. If that is true, the Dilega family will stay together forever. Lincoln Park residents Tony Dilega, and his wife, Amber each attends car shows and cruises in their own classic car. Their son Mason also attends, he’s just not old enough to drive yet. Tony’s car is a 1956 Chevrolet B 210 Post car. ... [FULL STORY]

30 CARS IN 30 DAYS: Dream of driving Route 66 draws closer for owner of 1962 Corvette
Updated: 6/6/2013 2:54:08 PM EST

LINCOLN PARK — Dreams usually don’t just happen overnight. They take time and lots of work. For Boyd Chapman, his dream of driving a classic Corvette to California along historic Route 66 is getting closer. The work began 11 years ago when he found a 1962 Corvette. "I like 1962 Corvettes," he said. "They are the last year with open headlights and a norm ... [FULL STORY]

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