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Anticipating 2011 Back to the Bricks

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(08/12/11) - Tune-Up parties this week have been a chance for other communities in Genesee County to share in the excitement known as Back to the Bricks. 

The main event is next week, with activities planned from Flint to Grand Blanc.  

Custom and classic cars are already cruising, in anticipation of the 7th annual Back to the Bricks. 

This year's event celebrates 100 years of Chevrolet. 

"Best thing that ever happened to Flint," says Frank Galbavi of Corunna.  He was among the two dozen Chevy owners who gathered at the Hot Dog Stand in Grand Blanc, anticipating the Bricks activities, August 16th through the 20th. 

Joe Marshall remembers cruising the strip as a teenager. "Old Colonel's, new Colonel's, down Saginaw Street to the Beech Street A&W," Joe says.  Watch for him now in his 1967 Chevy II Nova, painted original dark aqua. 

Brendan Earley of Davison says, "I've been going to car shows since I was two weeks old." 

He's now ten, and Brendan loves to ride in his grandpa's car. He says, "It's a 1955 Chevrolet Bellair, a '93 aluminum red on the car, with a 350 cubic inch engine." 

Ken Williams of Montrose got a later start than Brendan. He says, "I've been into cars since I was 11 years old." But he's been at it a bit longer and has quite the collection, saying "Now I have a '32, '37, a '54, a '68, '95 SS Impala." 

You'll see all kinds of cars at Back to the Bricks, but an incredible number of Corvettes.

On Saturday, they expect 800 'Vettes to park just north of the Flint River for the second annual Corvette Reunion. 

This year's featured guest at Back to the Bricks is legendary drag racer Don "Big Daddy" Garlits. 

Back to the Bricks Chairman Al Hatch says Don will be in Flint for all five days. 

Kicking off the five day schedule: Bricks Flicks on Tuesday, a free drive-in movie at the U.S. 23 Theatre on Fenton Road in Mundy Township.  The rolling cruises are Wednesday and Thursday, with Mega Sites at the Mall in Grand Blanc, an expanded site on Saginaw Street between Hemphill & Atherton, and a new mega site at Saginaw & Fifth Avenue. 

Friday night, there's a free concert downtown, and Saturday, August 20th is the official Back to the Bricks 2011.  When asked to project attendance numbers, Hatch said, "We heard some of the safety officers predict a half a million people this year, so we shall see."

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