Chrome & Ice car show set to return in February

Amber Taylor, CTA, of Clio, is the new executive director of Back to the Bricks, which is excited to announce the upcoming fifth annual Chrome & Ice winter indoor car show at Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center on February 7, 8 and 9. This year’s event will showcase “America’s sports car” – the Corvette and each of its eight generations in the city where it was born. Photo by Dennis Freeman

Amber Taylor, CTA, of Clio, is the new executive director of Back to the Bricks, which is excited to announce the upcoming fifth annual Chrome & Ice winter indoor car show at Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center on February 7, 8 and 9. This year’s event will showcase “America’s sports car” – the Corvette and each of its eight generations in the city where it was born. Photo by Dennis Freeman

GENESEE COUNTY — The fifth annual Chrome & Ice indoor car show is set to return Feb. 7, 8 and 9, and, according to organizers, this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever. Sponsored by General Motors and brought to you by Dort Financial Credit Union, with special thanks to ABC12, Chrome & Ice will feature more than 125 vintage and classic sports cars, muscle cars, hot rods and trucks, with live entertainment, special guests and much, much more.

The three-day event will celebrate the City of Flint as the birthplace of America’s sports car – the Corvette. The lobby will showcase one Corvette from each of the automobile’s eight generations, including the newest generation, along with a pictorial presentation featuring the history of the Flint Corvette Assembly Facility. Visitors will have the rare opportunity to get an up-close look at the exciting, all-new eighth generation 2020 mid-engine model.

Back to the Bricks, the organization behind Chrome & Ice, recently welcomed new Executive Director Amber Taylor, CTA, who officially joined the nonprofit Jan. 2 of this year. Taylor, 38, of Clio, who is a certified tourism ambassador, is heavily involved in the community and says she’s looking forward to continuing the tradition of excellence that Chrome & Ice has established in and around Genesee County, further solidifying the event’s reputation as the premier winter event for the area and beyond.

“I’m all about community engagement and events, encouraging partnerships rather than just one-sided sponsorships,” said Taylor. “Being part of Back to the Bricks, I want to ensure that we establish a path that looks forward. We need to have fresh ideas and ways to integrate our youth, which will establish that path forward, and I’m very, very excited to be a part of making that happen.”

Chrome & Ice, which drew more than 7,000 visitors last year, will have more than 50 sponsors, automotive vendors, and special interest displays, as well as live entertainment. This year’s entertainers will include country musician Dave Lagness on Friday at 7 p.m., and young classic rockers 3rd Degree Burns on Saturday at noon and 2 p.m.

The VIP Experience will return this year, offering a private preview party on Friday from 6-8 p.m. The $35 VIP tickets include admission, a complimentary adult beverage, hors d’oeuvres, dessert, free parking, lanyard, complimentary coat check and the opportunity to vote for your favorite cars. Proceeds from the VIP Experience help support the Back to the Bricks Youth Scholarship Fund. Last spring, Chrome & Ice awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships to area students. VIP tickets are limited, so make sure to get yours today.

General admission tickets for Chrome & Ice are $9 for adults and $6 for youth ages 12-17. Children under 12 are free. There’s still time to register your vehicle, or to become a sponsor or a vendor. For more information, visit www.backtothebricks.org or email Amber Taylor at ambertaylor@backtothebricks.org for the opportunity to become a partner with Chrome & Ice.

“Chrome & Ice is more than just a threeday event in Flint,” said Taylor. “There’s so much to be excited about – our history, our heritage, the automotive industry, the birthplace of Corvette. Flint is so important, and people seem to forget where we came from and all that our city represents. And my job is to ensure that message is heard… Because if we as a society stop talking about Flint’s history, we’re going to lose sight of what the future holds. We need to embrace that and remember Flint’s achievements, and that’s exactly what Back to the Bricks is doing.”

— Alex Petrie