Classic cars are a Macomb County tradition

I’ll be the first to admit it: I don’t know much about cars. When people ask me what kind of car I drive, I tell them “a grey one.” Most of the excitement I had in buying my first car came from finally being able to put my “Save the Bees” bumper sticker on something.

Rodders by the BayBut there’s something unique about a classic car cruise that delights even auto amateurs like me.

Walking past all the gleaming, well-manicured vintage cars instantly transports you back in time – you feel ready to do your hair in victory curls and grab a milkshake at the A&W, or don your leather jacket and head out to the drive-in theater. Cruise participants mill around happily, looking at cars, chatting with fellow enthusiasts and soaking up the summer sun.

Macomb County has had no shortage of these wonderful shows this season. There are only two left to go, so stop by and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of one of these classic car cruises before summer comes to a close. And if you’re on the lookout for a place to buy, sell or trade your classic car, be sure to check out Dream Cruise Classics and Showdown Muscle Cars – two fantastic local businesses with a genuine passion for vintage vehicles.

Classic carsGratiot Cruise
Clinton Township
Car shows take place at various locations around the township Aug. 1-5, leading up to Cruise Day on Aug. 7. The show’s festivities will also feature a midway with inflatable obstacle courses, Ferris wheels and more.

Shorewood Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise
St. Clair Shores
The Harper Avenue car cruise is a beloved tradition that has lasted over two decades and supports more than 10 charitable causes every year. This year’s cruise will take place Aug. 31 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Jenna Russell is a summer intern at the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development. She is a junior at Oakland University.

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