(08/15/13) - Cool cars from all over have made their way to the Flint area this week for Back to the Bricks - and for one style of Buick in particular, it's a rather big homecoming.
It's considered the crown jewel of the Buick brand.
"The styling, the ride, the motor, the dual quads, they're fantastic," said Riviera owner Bob Stemm. Stemm, also known as 'Riviera Bob', says he has owned more than 50 Riviera's.
Throughout Back to the Bricks, the Flint-made Riviera is celebrating it's 50th anniversary. Friday and Saturday, models spanning from 1963-1999 will be on display in a new showcase spot - outside of the old Durant Dort Carriage Factory, which GM recently purchased.
"The fact that this building has so much Flint history, it's all about the vehicle industry, it's the birth of the vehicle city right here and to bring cars back down to the bricks and back on Water Street, it's just great," said Kevin Kirbitz, GM engineering manager.
The national Riviera owners association is more than 3,000 members strong. Dozens of them are cruising the Bricks this week.
"This is the 1976 Riviera. It's the last year to be built in Flint, and I like it because it was my first car when I graduated," said Riviera owner Ken Cullen.
When it comes to the 'Rivi', it's go big or go home.
"They're huge, and they just barely fit in my garage," Cullen said.
That size works well for Eric Staley. He owns one of the original models and one of the first to roll off the Flint assembly line.
"It's cool to cruise around and having the kids in the back with the wife and having something that you don't see every day," he said.
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