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FLINT — Each year, as soon as Back to the Bricks wraps up its annual run, Founder Al Hatch and the planning committee immediately begin planning the following year’s activities. Responsible for developing and executing each of the events that make up the hugely successful experience, Hatch and the planning committee take great pride in the size and scope that Back to the Bricks has come to occupy, offering free, family-friendly activities for Genesee County and the surrounding communities. This week, Back to the Bricks once again sets sail in downtown Flint with its annual Tune-Up Week, which began Monday, Aug. 5.
Having founded the seminal annual experience 15 years ago, Hatch says he had no idea that it would one day grow to its current size, attracting hundreds of thousands of guests each year, stimulating the local economy in Flint and providing a fun and family-friendly atmosphere throughout the city.
Back to the Bricks attracts approximately half a million automotive enthusiasts each year, who make the pilgrimage to Vehicle City to celebrate their love of cars and Flint’s historic role in the evolution of the automotive industry. Tune-Up Parties and Promo Tours, which lead up to the main event, help to generate interest and enthusiasm in the festival, which provides a showcase for classic, custom and collectible vehicles of all makes and models.
Now that the main event is revving up, a number of events and activities to help kick things off will officially begin, which started on Monday evening with the first of the Tune-Up Parties. The nightly events take place on successive days. Attractions and activities vary by location, but include parties with a ‘50s, ‘60s, or ‘70s theme, concessions, vendors, live music, dancing in the streets, giveaways and the opportunity to share stories with fellow car show enthusiasts from around the area.
The five-day main event extravaganza begins Monday, Aug. 12. Excited crowds will line the streets for the “Rolling Cruises.” Thousands will stroll the brick streets to admire vehicles of every age and description, take pictures, buy souvenirs and enjoy the fun.
“It’s going to be a really great week for Flint and Genesee County,” said Hatch. “We attract people from up to 1,500 miles away, not to mention all the people from Michigan and the surrounding areas. It’s pretty great.”
For more information, check out the Back to the Bricks website at www.backtothebricks.org and check out the Event Guide, which will detail the schedule for this year’s event. — Alex Petrie