Buick Club of America arrives for first official day of Back to the Bricks in downtown Flint

Published: Aug. 15, 2017 at 4:11 AM EDT
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(08/15/17) - It's the ultimate homecoming for a Flint-built vehicle. Buick Club of America members are spending Back to the Bricks week parked outside of the old Factory One on Water Street.

"We've got Buick Club members from all over the United States. We expect a great turnout from around the Great Lakes. One has promised to come from Alabama," said Roger Tyyska, Buick Club of America member.

Making the reunion so special is the fact that this is the first Back to the Bricks since General Motors renovated and reopened Factory One to the public.

"We've been waiting for this ever since it was announced. This is our roots, and now these roots are standing proud," Tyyska said.

Adding to the excitement, GM is hosting a different event inside the facility every day this week, including Tuesday's STEM Fest and a homecoming for former Flint residents.

"On Saturday, we have race cars and pace cars, which will be really cool to see. Race cars throughout our history," said Liz Trudeau, a communications manager for General Motors.

Speaking of cool things to see, the most vintage of early arriving Buicks on the Bricks was a vehicle from 1950.

"It's been to Nashville, Tennessee. It's been around the track in Indianapolis. We took all the kids in it when they were little," said club member Jim Burgess.

The original receipt of sale is still inside the car, and states that it sold for $2,600.

"It wouldn't pay the sales tax on a new car today. It's a nice car," Burgess said.

Something else nice is club member Jim Drury's commitment to cruising. Drury's daughter went into labor overnight, but his Buick was still on the Bricks by 5 a.m.

"I had shirts to pass out. She had the baby, Brooklyn. Birth of a baby, not getting in the way of cruising. Car seats will be in, we'll be all set," Drury said.

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