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The end of the road, but not the fun

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(06/25/10) - They set out from Flint for New York City on the Lincoln Highway, and today, they were sightseeing in the Big Apple.

The local contingent promoting Back to the Bricks found a receptive audience in Edison, New Jersey.

"Last year we had 25,000 cars and 250,000 people," Dave Abraham said, referencing the 2009 Back to the Bricks show.

Thursday night you could hear cruising music with a Jersey theme while an enthusiastic group of Bricks supporters spreading the word. Earlier in the evening, the 1941 Willys Street Rod that was trailered from Flint joined the Bricks contingent on the road to a cruise in Edison.

It was only three miles from the hotel, but like many times in the past week, we got lost.

"We'll have to turn around and go back the other way," Denny Lawranson said.

"By this time tomorrow, I think we'll be able to make it," quipped Mike Gatlin.

When we got there, job one was promoting Back to the Bricks, August 17-21. But we also had fun and saw some terrific cars. "It's a 2003 Chevy Corvette that's been pretty extensively modified. Although it's still a street car, we use it for drag racing. In general, it does a quarter mile in the low 9 second range, usually about a 150 miles an hour," said New Jersey resident Dave Harris.

That's why it comes equipped with a parachute.

Joe Mann was showing off his creampuff Cadillac. "My car is a 1991 Cadillac Brougham, 164,000 miles. It's used every day - rain, snow, sleet, hail."

Manna is with the Raritan River Region of the National Cadillac LaSalle Club, and says his area has nothing like Back to the Bricks. "The only thing we have is, we have car shows down in Wildwood, which is twice a year. They cruise Main Street. But other than that, nothing of the magnitude like what you guys are doing."

Back to the Bricks Chairman Al Hatch represented Flint well in the competition to toss fan belts over a Hurst shifter.

Tom Gorang had a great time, in spite of some minor setbacks. "Great trip. Meeting a lot of good people and promoting Back to the Bricks in Flint. We get lost every once in a while, but that's the fun of it."

"We've kinda gone off in different directions various times," said Jim Baliko.

"Enjoyed every minute of it. Even getting lost," Dave Abraham said.

"People out here are so nice. They'd come out on the porch to wave to us and we'd honk our horn and wave. And the truck drivers would pass us and blown their horns like crazy," said a smiling Norma Santeere.

For Mike and Karen Gatlin, it's time to take some time off. "It's been so much fun on the Lincoln Highway, my husband and I have decided to continue our adventure on Route 66. So we'll see you back at the station in a couple of weeks."

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