BAY CITY, Mich. -- Summer in the Mitten means a couple of things: water sports, camping, and most importantly CARS! There's no greater feeling as a Michigander than finally getting to pull the cover off of your '57 Chevy and cruising the streets on a warm, sunny day.
In Michigan, our passion for cars runs deep, we put the country on wheels after all! Summertime is our time to show off the result of those long, cold hours spent in the garage over the winter, and the places we do it are at the many great car shows and cruises that happen all around the state! From Graff Bay City, here are 5 Michigan Car Shows and Cruises you need to check out.
1. WOODWARD DREAM CRUISE
Even if you're not into cars, you know the Woodward Dream Cruise. And let's face, you've also been there! In August 1995, the Dream Cruise began as a revival of the glory days of automotive history in the 50s and 60s when "youth, music, and Motor City steel roamed Woodward Avenue, America's first highway." The first Dream Cruise drew a crowd of 250,000 - ten times than expected - and the rest is history.
Today, the Woodward Dream Cruise is the largest single-day automotive event, drawing over 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars each year - even from as far away as New Zealand, Australia, and Japan!
2. DECADE DASH
This one is being held right here in Bay City! For the past seven years, our dealership has hosted an awesome car show that's gotten bigger and better each time. Additionally, our friends at TriToFinish have put on a 5K race and 1 Mile Fun Run. All proceeds from both the car show and runs are going to benefit Just For Kids. And taking place along the Saginaw River with the beautiful Uptown Bay City area as the backdrop, we couldn't ask for a better venue!
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3. FRANKENMUTH AUTO FEST
Hosted at one of Michigan's most beautiful destinations, the Frankenmuth Auto Fest is a huge event featuring over 2500 classic cars, street rods, and muscle cars. Other fun to-dos include the Big Block Party which takes place on Main Street amidst Frankenmuth's iconic Bavarian-style structures and the Music Fest dance held at the Harvey Kern Pavilion!
4. BACK TO THE BRICKS
Celebrating its heritage as the birthplace of the first American sports car, the city of Flint hosts the Back to the Bricks Cruise Weekend every August! The event draws some 500,000 car buffs and features happenings such as car shows, live music, dance parties, and of course the "Rolling Cruises" that stretches from the historic red bricks of Saginaw Street in Downtown Flint to the city of Grand Blanc.
5. OLD 27 MOTOR TOUR
Starting in Indiana and ending in Cheboygan, the Old 27 Motor Tour hosts over 500 cars from several states and Canada in what is a mass road trip along the Midwest's most famous highway. The tour features 11 stops in historic Michigan cities including Lansing and Ithaca, with overnight stays in some. And get this: the WHOLE thing is just $15 to participate!
One of the greatest things about summer in Michigan is all the great car shows and cruises that go on! As the home of the Motor City, you best believe that we love our cars, and love even more showing them off and getting to meet enthusiasts just like us! From all of us at Graff Bay City, we hope you have a safe and fun summer, and we'll see you out there!
Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.