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2013-08-15 / Front Page

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Back to Brick off to good start with drive-in movie event
BY TARA MORENO
810-452-2645 • tmoreno@mihomepaper.com


BRICK KICKOFF — Back to the Bricks Chairman Al Hatch, left, and George Smith are relaxing at the kick off party at US-23 Drive-In Aug. 13. Back to the Bricks is this weekend throughout the Saginaw Street corridor of Flint, Burton and Grand Blanc. 
Photo by Tara Moreno BRICK KICKOFF — Back to the Bricks Chairman Al Hatch, left, and George Smith are relaxing at the kick off party at US-23 Drive-In Aug. 13. Back to the Bricks is this weekend throughout the Saginaw Street corridor of Flint, Burton and Grand Blanc. Photo by Tara Moreno BURTON — The Back to the Bricks Cruise and Car Show kicked off with a drive-in movie celebration at US-23 Drive-in, Aug. 13.

This is the fourth year US-23 hosted the start of the cruise.

Commitee Chairman Al Hatch said 2,000 stickers printed for custom car owners would be given away at the event. Last year there were about 1,500 cars and Hatch said about 6,000 people would show to the kick-off party.

Mary Colley of Burton said this was her first year at the drive-in event. Colley, who is a friend to the Hatchs, said she loves cars.

She said she loves any vehicle that sounds old and rough.

George Smith, who owns a 1949 Mercury, drove from Indiana for the rolling car cruise which will take place the rest of this week and weekend along Saginaw Street in Burton, Grand Blanc and downtown Flint.

"It gets better and bigger every year," said Smith.

Smith said he likes looking at the cars and seeing the kind of work each owner puts into the cars.

The drive-in movie for this year was Grease with Olivia Newton John and John Travolta.

Attendees dressed in 1950s "greaser" costumes for a costume contest provided by Elga Credit Union.

Vendors and bounce houses lined the front of the drive-in near the front screen.

The party extended down to Kroger's parking lot and across the street in area business parking lots.

Back to the Bricks in expected to bring approximately a half a million people to the City of Flint and surrounding cities.

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