Cruisin Downriver


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Photos By Larry Caruso and Dave Chapman


The chrome was shining, the cars were polished and the spectators were abundant during Saturday’s inaugural Cruisin’ Downriver. Coordinated by the Southern Wayne County Chamber of Commerce and Heritage Newspapers, the cruise had Heritage Network as the presenting sponsor and Ford Motor Co. as title sponsor, while Rodgers Chevrolet and ASC Inc. joined as major sponsors.


Yvonne and Jim Pazdro of Southgate give a perfect score to one of the four-wheeled beauties that passed them Saturday. The Paszdros were among the thousands of fans lining Fort Street from Outer Drive to Sibley taking in the action.


It was "every spectator for himself" as car fans got creative to find a way to watch the first ever Cruisin’ Downriver. Here, onlookers take to the rooftops to get the perfect vantage point.


Two cruisers hit the street with their custom T-bucket, giving them the chance to enjoy Cruisin’ Downriver with the wind in their hair.


Honorary cruise co-grand marshals Cameron Priebe (left), director of Wayne County’s Department of Public Service, and Heinz Prechter, chairman of Prechter Holdings and the Heritage Group, get ready to kick off the festivities at the official starting point in Lincoln Park.


Everywhere you looked Saturday — even right behind you — there were classic cars and modified hot rods prowling around Fort Street.


The owner of this custom rod, one of several cruisers to call the Southgate Super K store home during Saturday’s cruise, is proud to display the fact that he’s been cruising Downriver, as evidenced by the stickers in his window.


While there were plenty of customized dragsters and muscle cars revving it up along the cruise route, there were other cars that were all class. Here, the owner of a vintage Duesenberg takes his car out for a spin.


Paula Miller (left) and Beth McGowen get into the spirit of the weekend with the help of a couple of wigs, some fun glasses and a lot of black cruisin’ garb.


Although the threat of rain passed by early Saturday afternoon, this cruiser wasn’t taking any chances. Complete with his captain’s hat, he’s ready to take his German-made Amphicar to sea if need be. Produced in the mid 1960s, the car is equipped with twin propellers and can be run through the water.


Spectators take in the action from in front of the Downriver Family YMCA, one of several locations Oldies 104.3 WOMC was broadcasting from Saturday. WOMC was the official radio station of Cruisin’ Downriver.


There were old and new cars alike — but all beauties — at the ASC Incorporated booth at Pep Boys in Southgate. Mark Pauze, director of marketing and communications for ASC, said many employees brought their own vehicles to the event to display right along with company-owned cars.


Organizers and sponsors gather at the Community Policing Office in Lincoln Park for the official start of Cruisin’ Downriver. Pictured are Wyandotte Mayor Larry Stec (left); Cameron Priebe, director of Wayne County’s Department of Public Service; Tim Durand, mayor of Riverview; Craig Sochocki, mayor of Lincoln Park; Suzanne Hall, mayor of Southgate; Heinz Prechter, chairman of Prechter Holdings and the Heritage Group; Pete Campbell, Ford product analyst and leader of the gotFUN@car committee and Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart, former member of the BMW management board.


Lincoln Park’s Jacob Sotter, 5, is all smiles about getting to sit atop one of the special cruise vehicles — the police motorcycle driven by Lt. Thomas Karnes.

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