Back to the Bricks launches Promo Tour

The attendees at this year’s Celebration Promo Tour are “never too old” to have fun. With more than 300 cars and 600 participants, the 2019 Promo Tour is the biggest ever. Photos by Alex Petrie

The attendees at this year’s Celebration Promo Tour are “never too old” to have fun. With more than 300 cars and 600 participants, the 2019 Promo Tour is the biggest ever. Photos by Alex Petrie

GENESEE COUNTY— Each year, June marks the time for automotive enthusiasts to get their collector cars out of storage and prepare for a summer of fun with Back to the Bricks.

This year, the 10th Annual Back to the Bricks Promo Tour kicked off on June 7 and organizers were pleased to announce a record number of vehicles and participants, including more than 300 vehicles and 600 attendees who joined the tour for a trip throughout both the Upper and Lower Peninsulas.

This year’s tour, dubbed the “Celebration” Promo Tour, provided an opportunity for adventure and camaraderie to hundreds of classic car owners. The six-day tour is designed to do two things: promote all Back to the Bricks (BttB) events and showcase each participating city’s unique features, fostering economic development.

The Celebration Promo Tour began last Friday with a kick-off breakfast at St. John’s Parish Hall in Davison. The itinerary included an overnight stay on June 7 in Clare, and two nights (June 8 and 9) in Sault Ste. Marie, giving tour participants more time to explore the oldest city in Michigan, and the surrounding area. From the “Soo,” the group traveled back to the Lower Peninsula with overnight stops in Gaylord on June 10 and West Branch on June 11. This year’s “End of the Road Luncheon” took place at the brand-new Waterfront in Uptown Bay City on June 12.

Brothers Bruce Dunton of Flint and Ken Dunton of Caro are no strangers to the Promo Tour. Here, they pose in front of their ’56 Chevys at the kickoff breakfast held at St. John’s Parish in Davison.

Brothers Bruce Dunton of Flint and Ken Dunton of Caro are no strangers to the Promo Tour. Here, they pose in front of their ’56 Chevys at the kickoff breakfast held at St. John’s Parish in Davison.

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. The main event, which is a showcase for classic, custom and collectible vehicles of all kinds, takes place August 13-17 of this year, but the extravaganza officially began with the Promo Tour.

For more information, visit www.backtothebricks.org.

Jim and Heather Powell of Sarnia came all the way to Davison to kick off the Celebration Promo Tour last Friday. The six-day trip spanned hundreds of miles, taking participants through both peninsulas and ending back in Bay City yesterday afternoon.

Jim and Heather Powell of Sarnia came all the way to Davison to kick off the Celebration Promo Tour last Friday. The six-day trip spanned hundreds of miles, taking participants through both peninsulas and ending back in Bay City yesterday afternoon.