Car fanatics pack Dort Federal Event Center for the Chrome and Ice auto show

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FLINT (WJRT) - (2/9/2019) - The Chrome and Ice car show is back this year and bigger than ever - and event Coordinator Steve Hobson loves what he's seen so far.

"Absolutely great,” said Hobson. “Doubled the numbers of last year on Friday night everything was great, everyone had smiles on their faces. This is a happy show too."

The car show, in its 4th year, features 8 super cars capable of speeds exceeding 200 miles per hour first thing when you walk in the lobby of Dort Federal Event Center.

But it's the 125 vintage, classic and custom vehicles with years’ worth of elbow grease and a million stories to tell that attract most of the fans, like Joseph Miles from Genesee.

"I like the cars because of the engines,” said Miles. “I know a lot about engines and I love cars."

Meanwhile car owners like Gary Marsh are showing off their toys. For 16 years this 1939 Ford Cabriolet sat collecting rust until and Marsh and his son began restoring it 2 years ago. And now he's able to share it with the world.

"It turned out far better than what I thought it was going to end up because I'd never done a car before and so I kept critiquing it and critiquing it until we got it what I thought was the best we had done," said Marsh.

Anthony Schieweck said his 1970 Dodge Charger has been part of his family for the past 30 years.

"I worked at a salvage yard for years and it came in one day and it was kind of apart and I thought this could be a nice car and I took it home and started working on it in the garage," said Schieweck, who use to race his Charger.

For many of these car owners, the work as well as the passion never stops. Michael Heistand owns a 1947 Pontiac Oldsmobile that he calls the Ogre. He spent a better part of a decade - to create this Frankenstein like car.

"It was built from 20 different cars,” said Heistand. “The car took 10 years to build 2 guys and over 2000 man hours and it's the only one like it in the country. It's been in every major car show in the state of Michigan."

Chrome and Ice will be expanded to Sunday for the first time. Doors open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Awards for the cars will be handed out around 3 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for teens and free for children under 12 years old.

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