All Roads Lead to the Bricks!
Back to the Bricks attracts over 500,000 car enthusiasts annually to Genesee County to celebrate our love of motor vehicles, and the area's historic role in the automotive industry. Tune-up Parties and Promo Tours generate enthusiasm in advance of the Main Event which provides a showcase for classic, custom, and collector vehicles of all kinds. During the week, Flint, birthplace of “America’s Sports Car”, proudly hosts a National Reunion for Corvette aficionados. Music, food vendors, and family-friendly activities add to the festive atmosphere.
MAIN EVENT WEEK
The five-day extravaganza begins with a family-oriented party at a nostalgic Drive-In theatre. Excited crowds line the streets for the “Rolling Cruises.” On Friday, there is a car show, concert, and dance party with a Motown theme. Thousands stroll the brick streets on Saturday to admire vehicles of every age and description, take pictures, buy souvenirs, and enjoy the fun.
The five-day extravaganza begins with a family-oriented party at a nostalgic Drive-In theatre. Excited crowds line the streets for the “Rolling Cruises.” On Friday, there is a car show, concert, and dance party with a Motown theme. Thousands stroll the brick streets on Saturday to admire vehicles of every age and description, take pictures, buy souvenirs, and enjoy the fun.read more
TUNE UP WEEK
During the week prior to the main event, the excitement builds as Tune-up Parties rev up on successive days around the county. Attractions and activities vary by location, but include parties with a 50's, 60's, or 70's theme, concessions, vendors, live music, dancing in the streets, giveaways, and the opportunity to drive around the track at Auto City Speedway in Clio, Michigan.
Promo Tours each June are a time of adventure and camaraderie for hundreds of classic car owners. The tours are designed to generate enthusiasm for Back to the Bricks with mini car shows in each locale along the way and tours of automotive facilities and museums for the participants. Routes have included parts of Ohio, Indiana, and a host of cities in Michigan with communities vying to be included.read more
CHROME AND ICE SHOW
For the first time, Back to the Bricks and Buick will sponsor an indoor winter car show, “Chrome and Ice.” The inaugural event, scheduled for February 12-13, 2016 at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center in Flint, Michigan, will feature a “summertime” theme, complete with sand and palm trees, and entertainment by a California-based “beach boy” band.
In the fall of 2004, Al Hatch and others began to discuss the possibility of a car show in downtown Flint that would eventually rival the ‘Woodward Dream Cruise’ in Detroit. Together, they began to take steps that would make Back to the Bricks a reality. When the committee approached Jerry Preston of the Flint Convention and Visitors Bureau about sponsoring the event, he arranged a meeting with the Small Business Owners of Downtown Flint to enlist their support for a bold new venture that promised to revitalize the city, and attract thousands to the area to celebrate the automotive industry and its role in the history of Flint. For more information, follow the link.
In 2012, Back to the Bricks unveiled the first of several commemorative statues of important automotive pioneers. Life-size bronze replicas of David Buick, William C. (Billy) Durant, Louis Chevrolet, and Albert Champion stand proudly in GM Automotive Pioneer Plaza in downtown Flint. Statues of Walter P. Chrysler and Charles W. Nash welcome visitors in the…read more
Designed to acknowledge the creativity and art of the automotive body shop and other painters and designers of automotive art, contestants use a vehicle hood as a canvas for their expression. Because the canvas is metal, it can not only be painted, but it can be cut, bent and otherwise formed at the artists desire.…read more
Back to the Brick's Auto Heritage Committee not only oversees the creation and display of bronze statues honoring Flint's Automobile Pioneers, it also owns, maintains, restores and loans for display unusual and rare automobile memorabilia and artifacts including all or parts of special vehicles. This is just a part of its work in fulfilling Back…read more
The 12th annual "Back to the Bricks" is now history. The celebration began with "Tune-Up Parties" in Flint Township, Clio, Linden, Fenton, Davison, Beecher, and Mt. Morris. Despite extremely hot and humid temps, there were a record number of both spectators and collector car owners participating at each site. Only Beecher/Mt. Morris were forced to deal with showers early in the day, and the Party in Davison ended a little early because of rain. The influx of visitors and car owners, as always, is an boon to the local economy, and each of the host communities is already looking ahead to next year to make their respective events even better.
Back to the Bricks is proud to be a non-profit entity. Community participation and support make this possible. We are looking for Sponsors and/or Automotive Vendors who want to be part of the excitement. Click on the links above for specific information about these opportunities.