2017 Event Recap

This past New Years Eve, I made a few New Years resolutions. Get healthier, read more books, socialize more and go to as many car events as possible. And, rather unusually, I've managed to keep every one of those. And seeing as the regular season for car events is now done, I thought I'd do a recap of the noteable events I went to this year. I'm not including museum trips, and I'm not going to list every recurring meet. The photos posted here are my favorites from each event.

I'll start off with the North American International Auto Show. One of the largest Auto Shows in the World, and certainly one of the most important. But, of all the exhibitors and automakers there, one brand stood out to me more than any other. Singer Vehicle Design, on display in the Michelin Booth. I Love the Porsche 911, and I especially love 911's done up like this.

I've been to the Auto Show almost every year since 2003, and I plan to go back in 2018.

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Next was AutoRama. I grew up in Detroit, and always heard about AutoRama, but never went until this year. I have really started to like classic American cars again at AutoRama. Especially Tri-Fives. And I love wagons, so this one was extra cool.

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Next up was the MSU Car Show, which, if I'm honest, was a huge letdown this year. It rained pretty hard, and as a result, we only had 300 or so cars show up. Even so, I snapped a few good pics. I also learned that Rain makes for great car photos.

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The first Monthly event in this post is the Cars and Coffee event at M1 Concourse, sponsored by Car and Driver magazine, Biggby Coffee and Hagerty Insurance. I love Cars and Coffee, especially big events in a popular location.

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Motorstadt is a Euro-only event in Monroe, MI. I had heard of it from my VW friends, but had never actually been. I was happy to see this pair of Trabants, a car I had never, ever seen before, but kind of wanted, for some unusual reason. Sadly, this is also the event that I lost my SD card with the pics from M1 Concourse Cars and Coffee.

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Next up is the Mad Dogs and Englishmen show at the Gilmore Car Museum. MD&E is an English-Only (And Mazda Miata's, due to their status as a spiritual successor to the Lotus Elan. But anyway, the show. I've never seen so many Jaguars, Aston Martins, Triumphs, MG's and Minis all in one place. It was fun to just look at cars I had never seen, or, in some cases, heard of. I'll be going back to this for sure.

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The meet and cookout at Naber Racing, a local shop in Grand Ledge. I'd never seen so many Supras in one place. I'll be going back to this event next year, if it happens.

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EuroHangar was another Euro-Only event that I had heard about, but not gone to. It worked out for me to go this year, so I checked it out. And I'm really glad I did. Such a great event. Nice people, and a great turnout at a show at an active airfield.

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Northern Worthersee was the 4th and final Euro show I went to this year. A slightly smaller event than last year, even though it poured last year. There were some great cars there, though. Definitely going back next year.

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Another recurring event is the Lansing-Area Cars and Coffee. I love Cars and Coffee, as I mentioned earlier. I especially like the Lansing Area events because it's local.

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Tuesday Night cruise-in's at Olympic Broil have become a weekly thing for me. If you've read my blog regularly, you've seen the interesting cars that show up to the cruise-ins. Hopefully, the meets will continue while the weather holds out.

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Finally, the Michigan State University Racing Club meets every Wednesday night. I've been going to, and taking pictures at, these weekly meets since 2009, and plan to as long as I can. I've met some great people through MSURC, and I've greatly improved my Photography skills at these meets.

For the rest of the year, there might be some Museum trips, or other car-related trips, but very few outdoor meets that I can forsee. Though, Fall and Winter is RallyCross season...so there's that. And Ice Racing is apparently a thing here. So, who knows, this might not be the end of the Car season for me.

Be sure, though, that whatever events I go to, I'll share with you all.

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-Phil



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