Celebrate Flint’s car history at Chrome & Ice this weekend

GENESEE COUNTY — Back to the Bricks is gearing up for the fifth annual Chrome & Ice indoor car show, set for this weekend, Feb. 7-9 at Dort Financial Credit Union Event Center. Sponsored by General Motors and brought to you by Dort Financial Credit Union, Chrome & Ice 2020 promises to be the best event yet, as Genesee County gathers to celebrate Flint – the birthplace of America’s sports car.

The lobby of Dort Financial Credit Union Event Center will showcase one Corvette from each of its eight generations, as well as a pictorial history of the Flint Corvette Assembly Facility. Visitors to Chrome & Ice will have a rare opportunity to see the exciting all-new 2020 midengine eighth generation Corvette up close and personal.

This weekend’s event is set to feature more than 125 vintage and classic sports cars, muscle cars, hot rods and trucks, with live entertainment, special guests and much, much more. Rat Rod Alley, a new feature, will also be on display at the show, along with more than 50 sponsors, automotive vendors, and special interest displays. Live entertainment will be offered by country crooner Dave Lagness tomorrow at 7 p.m., and classic rock by the 3rd Degree Burns on Saturday at noon and 2 p.m.

This year’s Chrome & Ice will also include the VIP Experience private preview party tomorrow evening from 6-8 p.m. Tickets for the VIP Experience will be $35 each and will raise funds for Back to the Bricks Youth Scholarship Fund. The private party will feature live entertainment, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, entry to the entire Chrome & Ice show, gourmet dessert, a free drink and much more. A ticket for the VIP Experience also entitles you to free parking, lanyard, complimentary coat check, and the opportunity to vote for your favorite cars. Last year’s VIP Experience was able to raise more than $10,000 for the scholarship fund.

For the first time ever, online registration for the Back to the Bricks Promo Tour, set for June 5-10, 2020, will officially open with a media event at Chrome & Ice tomorrow, Feb. 7, at 10 a.m. in the Blue Line Room, at which time the host cities of the event will be revealed. During Chrome & Ice, Chairperson Rhonda Rau and members of the committee will be at the Promo Tour booth to answer questions, and assist with registration.

General admission tickets for Chrome & Ice are $9 for adults, and $6 for youth 12-17. Children under 12 are free. For more information about Chrome & Ice 2020, or this year’s Back to the Bricks event, visit www.backtothebricks.org.

— Alex Petrie