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Sloan-Longway Museum: Worth a Visit

Sloan-Longway Museum: Worth a Visit

1972 Buick SkylarkFlint, Michigan: The motherland of General Motors. In the 1960s, Flint could brag that it had the highest per capita income of any in the world, but this is no longer the case. There are a few remnants of the day, like the largest brownfield zone in the United States; this zone was once the flourishing Buick city plant. At one point, over 80,000 people worked for General Motors in Flint alone, now there are fewer than 4,000. People leave the city to find a new home every single day. The Great Recession has taken its toll on Flint, but it has not destroyed the Sloan-Longway Museum.

Metro Cruise Draws Big Crowds

Metro Cruise Draws Big Crowds

'66 427 FairlaneCar guys and gals know all about the Woodward Dream Cruise that occurs each summer during the third weekend of August in Detroit, Michigan. However, the east side of the state is not the only place to show off your hotrod, muscle car, sportscar, or tin lizzie. Every summer for the past nine years, Grand Rapids holds the 28th Street Metro Cruise the weekend following the Dream Cruise on the fourth weekend of August. This classic car show draws huge crowds up and down the 10 miles of this business-lined five-lane road as everyone wants to see classic cars like the Ford Fairlane, Chevy Bel Air, as well as exotics like the Ferrari Testarossa and the Lotus Esprit.

Street and Racing Technology at MOPAR

Street and Racing Technology at MOPAR

'94 Dodge ViperIn 1989, the Dodge Viper first appeared at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Since that striking debut, the Dodge Viper was able to resuscitate the struggling brand and inspire the Chrysler brands to create what they call “SRT” or Street and Racing Technology. Fortunately for drivers who love extra power under the hood and more style inside and out, Chrysler has already announced that SRT will become its very own brand.

What to See at the Henry Ford Museum

What to See at the Henry Ford Museum

henry_ford_museum_galleryfullIf you love cars and history, The Henry Ford is a must-see location to add to your bucket list. This National Historic Landmark rests just outside of Detroit, Michigan in the suburb of Dearborn. The complete location includes a The Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, the Ford Proving Ground (Dearborn Development Center), the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, and the Benson Ford Research Center. The Henry Ford complex takes visitors through time on a rich journey of the history of the automobile and other inventions that change the way of life in the United States.

Highway Patrol: Let the Car be the Star

Highway Patrol: Let the Car be the Star

1955 Buick CenturyWhen most television shows were filming in backlots and studios, Highway Patrol set a new standard by filming in actual rural roads in California. The popular show starring Broderick Crawford aired between 1955 and 1959. Filmed in black and white, the classic cop show pioneered the cop show genre and became a favorite in over 70 different countries.

wildaboutcarsonlineThe main character, Dan Mathews, was a part of the California Highway Patrol. He could always be found either reclining on or driving in his two-door 1955 Buick Century. The car which was modeled to look exactly like the real CHP cars. Interestingly, the CHP wanted to have a show that resembled Dragnet, which featured the local Los Angeles Police Department.

Take a Chevy Roadtrip

Take a Chevy Roadtrip

1968 Chevrolet NovaNothing is as American as baseball, hotdogs, apple pie, and Chevrolets. The road trip should be added to the list of all things American. So, when you are ready for a little summertime adventure, why not visit the sites that make America great in your favorite Chevy. These are a few places to stop so you can enjoy the best that America has to offer:

Frankenmuth Car Show

Frankenmuth Car Show

Frankenmuth Car Show

The annual Frankenmuth car show, called Auto Fest, is held in Heritage Park on Weiss Street and showcases nearly 3,000 classic cars. The weekend event occurs in early September and is kicked off with a street party on the Friday night. You can enjoy the party and then view the classic cars on both Saturday and Sunday. For 2013, the Frankenmuth car show will be held from September 6th to 8th.

Woodward Dream Cruise

Woodward Dream Cruise

Woodward Dream CruiseThe annual Woodward Dream Cruise in suburban Detroit is a celebration of classic cars and of cruising up and down this classic American highway. The Dream Cruise is an official event, but harkens back to the 1950s and 1960s when young people raced their hot rods and muscle cars and spent evenings cruising with friends.

Car Cruising

Car Cruising

Car CruiseClassic car cruising is a throwback to the 1950s and 1960s when young people liked to get in their cars and hit the major streets for fun and good times. The movie American Graffiti captured the epitome of cruising back in the day and can show you just what it was like if you were not there to see it for yourself. Kids with nothing else to do were driving up and down the road, showing off their cars, racing each other, flirting, and stopping at the drive-in restaurants for burgers and fries.

Walter P. Chrysler Museum

Walter P. Chrysler Museum

Chrysler MuseumThe Walter P. Chrysler Museum was a collection of antique, concept, and custom Chrysler vehicles as well as historical exhibits detailing the story of Chrysler and its contributions to the world of automotive technology, design, and innovation. The 55,000-square foot museum included three floors of displays and was located next to Chrysler Headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It is no longer open to the public.

Chrysler MuseumThe first floor of the Walter P. Chrysler Museum included a history of the first 50 years of the automotive industry from the perspective of Chrysler and its vehicles. This part of the museum’s collection included rare and early cars dating back to the very early 1900s. Nameplates on display here were Rambler, Hudson, Nash, Plymouth, DeSoto, and Willys-Overland.