September 24, 2016 started out chilly and overcast for the first Saturday in autumn but it warmed up nicely to become a hot, clear Indian summer day. The morning’s weather did not stop over 300 classic and modern car owners from coming to the Golling Buick-GMC Classic Car show this year – benefiting the Kenley Marie Dabrowski Memorial Scholarship Fund. Entertainment was provided by three musical impersonators for Buddy Holly, Jackie Wilson, and Gene Pitney, as well as the musical group “The Alternatives”.
The two top picks of the show have to be the over-the-top 1952 raspberry candy Cadillac and an original 1948 Tucker. The Cadillac, complete with a Continental kit, sports a gorgeous raspberry candy paint job and a white leather interior, perfect chrome, and large white wall tires. The Tucker is the real deal. It is chassis #1044 (the 44th of the 51 built). It has the original Franklin flat-6 O-335 engine in it. It is painted root beer brown but was originally Andante Green. According to the owner, the Tucker sat in a barn for nearly 33 years. There is severe paint peeling on the roof and rear engine cover. Seriously, how often does a Tucker show up to one of your local car shows?
Other unique cars that caught my attention were: a rare 1978 2-door Buick LeSabre 3.8L turbocharged car, a bright yellow ’54 Chevy 5-window pickup truck, ’33 hot rod with suicide doors painted with American flags, a Corvair Greenbriar van, a Pontiac Executive, a Tin Woody Chevy, and a Dodge Coronet 500 convertible.
This year’s show location was a one year only deal since road construction on M-24 in front of the Golling dealership would have generated too much dust and dirt for the cars. So this year’s show was held in the parking of “The Hub”, a new family entertainment business that is opening in November 2016. It will feature Bombowling, a form of bowling using footballs instead of bowling balls.
Gold Eagle products were on hand and used in the Chinese raffle as part of the funding raising. 18 of the 25 baskets were filled with STA-BIL® and 303® products. Other baskets included autographed sports memorabilia from current and former players of the Detroit Tigers, Lions and Red Wings; tickets to a future Michigan State football game; and candies, popcorn, soda, and chips for a family movie night. In all, the Chinese raffle raised just over $900. The show raised a total of $4,500 for the Kenley Marie Dabrowski Memorial Scholarship Fund. A special thanks to folks at Golling Buick-GMC and the owner of the “The Hub” for putting on such a great charity event.
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