Onsted Car Show 7.10

Written by David Green.

The Mitten Mets, an organization of Nash Metropolitan cars, is meeting Saturday for the group’s 2008 Invitational in conjunction with the Onsted Kiwanis Show Car Nationals at Michigan International Speedway.

The Nash Metropolitan economy car was introduced in the United States and Canada in March 1954. Built in England by Austin to Nash specifications, the 85-inch wheelbase Metropolitan was offered in two-door hardtop and convertible models. It will be the feature show car for this year’s event.

In addition to collector cars from every automotive era, the show also features a muscle car corral and an “under 25” category for vehicles and or participants under 25 years old.

Spectators can cruise the high banks of MIS during the event–billed as the largest one day car show in Michigan.

MIS staff members will offer tram rides around the track for $1 a person, which is donated to charity. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

People mover trams are also available to transport spectators and participants around the infield for a relaxing day of “remembering when” while viewing the exhibits and vehicles.

The show typically has up to 1,000 collector and custom cars on display as well as a juried arts and crafts show, concessions, inflatable fun activities for the kids to enjoy and manufacturer’s displays. The show is in its eighth year at the MIS facility.

Irv Cass, an Elvis impersonator, will give two live performances on Saturday and a sneak preview at Friday night’s kick-off party in the village of Onsted from 6 to 9 p.m.  

Admission is $1 for adults and children under 14 are admitted free.

Spectators can enter the infield show by driving through the tunnel under the track at tunnel gate 21 on Brooklyn Hwy., which can be accessed from the south via US-12 or from the north via M-50.

To register for the show, phone 517/467-2558 or 517/467-2161 or visit the website at www.onstedcarshow.com.

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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