Back to the Bricks announces updates to 2019 events

Published: Dec. 4, 2018 at 5:55 PM EST
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(12/4/2018) - 2019 will be a milestone year for the Back to the Bricks as they celebrate their 15th year.

Tuesday morning they announced new updates to their 10th annual promotional tour as well as the 4th annual Chrome and Ice winter car show.

Both events will be doing something for the first time in Back to the Bricks history.

The car show will take place during the second weekend in February and for the first time will run all three days, February 8-10.

Steve Hobson, Chrome and Ice chairman said they are adding the extra day because of a major snow storm that hit earlier this year, affecting attendance.

"That was the reason to add it,” said Hobson. “Because you can recoup if you have a bad day you can come in the next day or if they know there's going to be a snow storm on Saturday they may want to come Friday night or they may want to come on Sunday."

The winter show will occupy both arenas, featuring more than 125 cars, including eight “super cars” that can exceed 200 miles per hour.

"I mean you can buy 200 mph cars so we started thinking about some of the local people who had 200 mph cars and we asked them can you bring your 200 mph car up and they said yes,” said Hobson. “So we'll have at least 8 cars in the lobby street legal that will go 200 mph."

While the car show is adding an extra day for the first time, the 2019 Celebration Promo Tour will be adding an extra night stay to one its stop in Sault Ste. Marie, something that hasn’t been done in the ten year history.

"Sault Ste. Marie is going to be fantastic,” said Rhonda Rau, chairman of the promo tour. “Two night stay there, it's going to be great."

Rau said everyone is excited for the extended stay in Michigan's first city, which just celebrated its 350 year anniversary. She said there’s too much to do for just one day.

"If they want to go to any of the sites there; Tahquamenon Falls, White Fish Point Bay there’s so much to do up there, we couldn't do it in one day," said Rau.

The tour will feature overnights stops in Clare, Gaylord and West Branch before ending with the "End of the Road" lunch in Bay City's uptown development.

Rau says they picked cities they've been to in the past, who can handle the large crowd and that fit what the event is for.

"We look at cities that really want us there - to help their economic impact on their city too," said Rau.

2018's promo tour included a record 301 cars, and they are expected just as big of a turnout, if not more for 2019.

Back to the Bricks founder, Al Hatch said they work hard to make it the best it can be.

"If you focus on quality, quantity typically comes right along with it and we try to do that,” said Hatch. “We try to improve on our events each year."

And he has a piece of advice for those who want to join the tour in 2019.

"If you're going on the tour get registered early on don't wait until two weeks before because we close the registration at May 1," said Hatch.

Registration will open up January 2 and cost is just $45 per vehicle.

For more information about the events and for tickets for the upcoming Chrome and Ice show, visit the link attached to this story.