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Published: Sunday, 8/18/2013 - Updated: 1 year ago

Detroit, Flint roar with car cruises that draw on history, today’s news

Woodward Dream Cruise, Back to the Bricks provide dual blast of vintage vehicle nirvana

ASSOCIATED PRESS

BERKLEY, Mich. — Classic car enthusiasts in the state that put America on wheels were getting a dual blast of eye and ear candy on Saturday.

The Woodward Dream Cruise was drawing thousands along the Detroit-area route for which it’s named to view, drive, or display classic and vintage vehicles.

It’s the 19th year for the event, which is called the world’s largest one-day automotive event, luring people and vehicles from as far away as Asia and Australia.

“It was a different time,” Mitch Carlson, 33, owner of a red 1956 Chevy convertible, said. “You could tell something about someone by what he drove.”

A big cruise show also lured auto enthusiasts an hour or so up I-75 to another historic auto city. Flint was hosting its ninth annual Back to the Bricks show.

The Flint event kicked off with the unveiling of a statue depicting General Motors founder William “Billy” Durant. The sculpture was dedicated Saturday in a downtown plaza between automotive giants Louis Chevrolet and David Buick.

GM North America President Mark Reuss used the occasion to promote the automaker’s purchase of the Durant-Dort Carriage Co. factory.

Mr. Reuss said the company plans to invest millions of dollars to restore the historic facility, known as GM’s birthplace.



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