FLINT (WJRT) -
(08/11/14) - Flint has a long history with automobiles, and one brand in particular is helping cement its name as Flint's car at this week's Back To The Bricks.
"This is hallowed ground for Buick enthusiasts, and GM enthusiasts and even all car enthusiasts," said Roger Tyyska, of the Buick Club of America.
The enthusiasts will be out in full force this week as the tenth anniversary of Back To The Bricks takes to downtown Flint and beyond. For many of these classic vehicles, it will be a homecoming.
"If it's a Buick, good chance it was built right here, especially the older ones. I worked at Buick when I was a young man, so I worked on some of these cars. I was tellin' the fella here, I probably put the carpet in that Riviera right over there," said Steve Casner, of the Back To The Bricks Committee.
Other cars have changed a little since they rolled off the assembly lines.
"This is a 1927 Buick, it was actually made here in Flint, Michigan. It has power steering, power brakes, air conditioning, there's a drop down TV in it, all hooked up for iPods and DVD players," said Tom Brown, of Linden.
These cars won't be the only company presence this week. Buick has stepped up to be the presenting sponsor of this year's Back to the Bricks. Organizers say the partnership will help take the event to a whole new level.
"It allows us to make the show so much better and bigger and reach more people with it across the country," said Steve Casner, of the Back to the Bricks Committee.
Looking back now, the group who started Back to the Bricks with a one-day car show stretching just a block and a half of Saginaw Street, can't believe what it's turned into.
"It's just overwhelming to think it's grown to this, and after 10 years we're celebrating, hallelujah," Casner said.