Get your motor runnin’

Tune-Up Party coming to Swartz Creek

SWARTZ CREEK — We’re Michiganders, and we’re Flintites (close enough, Creekers), so it’s in our blood, it’s in our bones, and most of all, it’s in our muscle.

Back to the Bricks is right around the corner, and that means party time in the Creek.

This year, Swartz Creek will host a Back to the Bricks Tune-Up party from 4-8 p.m. Aug. 9 throughout the westside business district. It is the third consecutive year the city has hosted a Tune-Up, and the first time it hasn’t had to share the date with another community.

Party coordinators expect 700 to 1,000 classic and special interest cars to roar into town, and they say the event is likely to attract 3,000 to 4,000 spectators.

Festivities include music, food and drink specials and vendors. The Swartz Creek Area Fire Department and Metro Police Authority will be on site with some of their vehicles.

Visitors also have the opportunity to take home a free T-shirt – a new design is created each year – sponsored by local merchants.

Pick up a punch card then visit all of the participating sponsors. Turn in the card at the Swartz Creek Area Chamber of Commerce stand to claim your shirt. There is a limited number of shirts available.

Tune-Up parties begin Monday in Davison, and continue in Clio on Tuesday, Linden on Wednesday, and Fenton on Thursday. The parties wrap up Saturday in Mt. Morris and Beecher.

The main event – the 15th annual Back to the Bricks – takes place Aug. 12-17. One of the nation’s premier car shows, it draws more than 500,000 people to Flint and surrounding communities every year.

New this year, the festivities begin at the Lapeer International Dragway.

Tuesday is Bricks Flicks at the US-23 Drive-In on Fenton Road in Mundy Township. The party begins early with food, music and vendors. This year’s free movie will be “American Graffiti.”

The highlights of the weeklong celebration of the Flint-area’s automotive heritage are the cruises as car owners drive down Saginaw Street from the bricks in downtown Flint to Grand Blanc.

A car show, concert and Motown-themed dance party take place Friday, and the car show continues Saturday, in Flint.

For more information about Back to the Bricks, visit section.