St. Ignace Car Culture

St. Ignace Car Culture

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St. Ignace hosted its first car show in 1976 as part of the bicentennial celebration. Over the years, the annual gathering has grown into one of the largest collector-vehicle events in the country. This lakeside community overlooking the mighty Mackinac Bridge and historic Mackinac Island boasts a spectacular waterfront--the perfect backdrop for a stunning array of eye-catching vehicles. In the early years, media referred to this show as qdessert.q As the numbers of participants and attendees grew, it became known as the qmain course.q For teenagers growing up in the 1950s it was all new--cruisin', drive-ins, drag strips, the country's intense love affair with the automobile, and the birth of rock 'n roll. Over 34 years, the St. Ignace Car Show has brought hundreds of automotive legends to town, and car-show traffic set crossing records on the Mackinac Bridge that are unlikely ever to be broken. So fire up the hot rod and cruise back to a simpler time . . . all these cars and still no traffic light!Tom Gale joined Chrysler as an engineer in 1967. ... with Stealth, Eagle Talon, and Plymouth Laser under his direction; later hits were the Viper, LH sedan, Ram truck, Neon, Prowler, and the PT Cruiser. Tom was the St. Ignace Car Showa#39;s 2001 guest of honor. ... Ed Almquist published his first speed and mileage manual in.

Title:St. Ignace Car Culture
Author:Edward K. Reavie
Publisher:Arcadia Publishing - 2010


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