WWII-era plans help kick of Back to the Bricks main event in Flint

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FLINT (WJRT) - (08/20/16) - It's not a Mid-Michigan summer without Back to the Bricks.

Friends and strangers come together to relive the past and show off their classic cars and trucks.

World War II-era planes quickly grabbed peoples' attention in heart of Flint.
The tribute to military members was part of Satuday's celebration- showcasing many of the cars and trucks that created Flint's "Vehicle City" nickname.

"It's fun to ride one down the street that no body else has or has seen in a long time," said Michael Hammond of Swartz Creek.

Hammond knows a thing or two about long-term relationships.

"It's a 1965 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport. I've had it for 23 years. I found it up in Oscoda," Hammond said.

He purchased the Chevy after returning home from serving in Vietnam.

"The guy had it- it was his wife's. It was a pep car (and) had 27-hundred miles on it when I got it," Hammond said.

Each vehicle at the show has its own unique flair- and its own unique journey as to how it got into its owner's hands.

"A gentleman in Mt. Morris had it and his wife didn't like the car because she said it rolled like a tank," said Ron Struck of Flushing."So I told him if he ever wanted to sell it I'd buy it."

Struck said his 1962 Corvette may lack power steering, power breaks and air-conditioning, but he said there's no shortage of fun when it comes to cruising the streets.

"Put the top down it's just as good," Struck said.

Keeping the classics in tip-top shape is a must. It's a badge of honor.

"it's a lot of fun and it's fun to show off in it," Hammond said.

Ted LaGuire and his wife, Brenda, said Back to the Bricks is one event the family can count on.

"It's great for the family- to see everybody come out and see all the wonderful cars. It's awesome. I hope they have it forever," Ted said.

Brenda said coming back year-after-year is a must.

"We just like coming (and) walking the streets seeing all the beautiful cars," she said.

They own a Trans AM and have had it longer than they ever expected.

"I bought that back in 1979 believe it or not. It's a 1979 Trans AM- and just always kept it all these years," Ted said.

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