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Organizers happy with 2012 Back to the Bricks

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(08/20/12) - Mid-Michigan is still feeling the glow of the Back to the Bricks event. It wrapped up this weekend - but all the fun will leave a lasting impression on Mid-Michigan.

The organization says this year's event was probably the biggest in its eight year history. And those who serve on the committee are already making plans for next year.

While there's no sure way to know how many people came to the different Back to the Bricks venues, police estimates put the number at a half million over six days.

"I kept asking my wife 'Where are all these people coming from?' I think all of Genesee County had to be in downtown Flint," said Al Hatch, Back to the Bricks chairman.

"The crowds were well behaved for the most part," said Carl McElrath of the Back to the Bricks committee.

It's a far cry from the first attempt in 2005 when about 650 classic cars gathered in Flint. Supporters never gave up.

"A bunch of grease monkeys got it done, got the ball rolling. It's really gaining momentum," Hatch said.

Journalists from Europe and Australia dropped by and the committee thinks they left with a favorable impression.

"We're so glad the international media were here to see the positive, fun side of Flint," said Dan McPhail of the Back to the Bricks committee.

Back to the Bricks brings visitors to the area spend money for food and lodging. While the numbers haven't been tallied yet, it would appear the Genesee County economy got a nice boost.

"They had to have a good week," Hatch said.

"As a committee, we're already talking about 2013 and we'll bounce ideas off of each other," McElrath said.

One thing under consideration: Linking up in some fashion with the Woodward Dream Cruise, which is held at the same time in Oakland County.

"We could make it happen. Hopefully it will. It will be good for southeastern Michigan," Hatch said.

For many, the unveiling of the Louis Chevrolet statue in downtown Flint and the fly over of a World War Two bomber were the highlights of the week. Next year at this time Chevrolet could be joined by David Buick and perhaps somebody else.

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