Buicks on the Bricks focuses on engines and the engineers who made them

Published: Aug. 16, 2018 at 12:14 PM EDT
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(08/16/2018) -- Back to the Bricks week continues with a concentration on the Buick! General Motors' Durant-Dort Factory One is once again hosting Buicks on the Bricks.

"Engine enthusists should be here, it may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to talk to engine engineers," said Roger Tyska, a Buick Club Member.

Factory One is hosting the Water Street show for the 5th time, allowing visitors to see the engines that have powered Buick cars over the years.

"We have a collection of engines here that came from the GM Heritage Center and from the Sloan Museum, that rarely are seen and never seen together like this," said Kevin Kirbitz, the Factory One Manager. "A complete history from 1940s straight-8s all the way through the most recent 3800 v-6s."

And if you have any questions - "Find a guy that's wearing one of these hats (a white hat), those are the Buick engine engineers," said Kirbitz. "They can tell you all about their stories of what it took to develop these. This is a generation that isn't going to be around with us much longer. These are people that developed gasoline, piston engines - so to be able to capture this now is really important while these people are around to tell us the story."

"I'm not mechanically inclined, but that's why you ask questions to find out back in the day how they were made and what was the process that they had to go through," said Ed Hughes, a Buick Club Member.

Hughes has a 1970 Buick Riviera, and he came in to check out the display.

"I like to know what the horsepower was, I know the old nail head like this one sitting here was a different body style that they came with when they changed to tech engineering technology," said Hughes. "It's really exciting, I'm kind of glad I came in to take a look."

Charlie Miller, another Buick Club Member, had inside access to the Old Fisher One Plant in Flint - personally watching his car, a Buick Electra 225, be made over the course of two days.

"It was really nice, they let me come in a follow it all the way down the line," said Miller. "You had to get with someone that knows you, and they would bring you in and they would let you walk the car down the line."

While many may focus on the outside body of the car - "the engine is the heart and soul of the car!" said Kirbitz. "That's really got to get a lot of people excited! It's the power, it's that feeling you get when you get behind the wheel. Cars are beautiful, but it's the engine that makes it go."

Leave time to explore inside and out, as they expect to have 122 Buicks in the lot out front from as far away as Oklahoma and Alabama.

You can meet Butch Patrick, better known as Eddie Munster, and see the Munster Coach until 1pm Thursday afternoon, and also check out the display - that includes race cars - from 8am to 4pm on Saturday.