Editor’s note: View Newspaper Group is proud to be a Media Platinum Sponsor of Back to the Bricks and the official publisher of the Back to the Bricks event guide which will arrive as part of our Aug. 11 editions. Below is the second in a series of feature stories surrounding the event.
GENESEE COUNTY — The fun and excitement of the annual Back to the Bricks event is approaching, but before car lovers stroll the streets for the main event, it’s time to venture out into neighboring communities to participate in the annual Tune Up Party Week.
The free parties begin on Monday Aug. 8 in Flint Township and tour through Saturday Aug. 13, making stops in different cities every day. Each party will have a 50s, 60s, or 70s theme and consist of car shows, concessions, vendors, live music, dancing and giveaways.
The week kicks off Monday Aug. 8 in Flint Township, continues Tuesday Aug. 9 in Clio, Wednesday Aug. 10 in Linden, Thursday Aug. 11 in Fenton, Friday Aug. 12 in Davison, and wraps up in Mt. Morris and the Beecher Music Festival on Saturday Aug. 13.
This year Ed McDonough, an organizer of the event, is eager for the parties to begin. He said he is excited to, “see a lot of different people, not just from the community, but throughout the state, with interesting cars.” He added that he is especially looking forward to his visit to the Auto City Speedway from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday Aug. 9 in Clio. On Saturday Aug. 13 car enthusiasts are in for a special treat with two car shows taking place in Mt. Morris and in Beecher. The two locations are only a few miles apart and allow owners to show off their rides between the shows.
McDonough is also looking forward to visiting his favorite location at VG’s and John’s Pizzeria in Davison. “There are a lot of cars. From the North to Detroit, there are just a lot of cars to look at,” he said. In addition to the cars there are plenty of t-shirts, as over 200 shirts will be given out (one per car) at each location during the week.
Founded by Al Hatch more than 10 years ago, Back to the Bricks has grown substantially, and now includes hundreds of registered vehicles, as well as thousands of spectators and automotive aficionados.
This year the annual Back to the Bricks main event will takes place in downtown Flint Aug. 16 to 20. For more information about the Tune Up Party Week and other Back to the Bricks events visit www.backtothebricks.org.
Monday, Aug. 8 — Flint Twp.
Noon to 2 p.m. ITT-Tech, 6359 Miller Rd.
2 to 4:30 p.m. Genesee Valley Center, 3341 Linden Rd.
5 to 8 p.m. Dukes Car Stereo 4081 Miller Rd.
Tuesday, Aug. 9 – Clio
2 to 4 p.m. Auto City Speedway, 10205 N Saginaw Rd.
4 to 8 p.m. Clio Square Plaza
7 p.m. Clio Amphitheater, 301 Rogers Lodge Drive
Wednesday, Aug. 10 – Linden
4 to 8 p.m. Farmers Market – Main and Hickory Streets
6:30 to 8 p.m. Concerts in the Park
Thursday, Aug. 11 – Fenton
3 p.m. Vic Canever, 3000 Owen Rd.
4 to 8 p.m. Downtown Fenton
Friday, Aug. 12 – Davison
4 to 8 p.m. VG’s, 8503 Davison Rd. and John’s Pizzeria, 9010 Davison Rd.
Saturday, Aug. 13 – Mt. Morris
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Entry on S. Saginaw St.
Saturday, Aug. 13 – Beecher Music
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. K-Mart parking lot, 4290 W. Vienna Rd.