Back to the Bricks®
February 2022 Newsletter
February 18th, 2022
Words from the Chairman of the Board
Hey there car enthusiasts,
Wow, what a weekend at the 7th Annual Chrome & Ice™ Winter Indoor Car Show. I hope you had a chance to come and see all the Movie and TV Cars. It was a great time with some great cars! I want to truly Thank You if you attended. The Sponsors, the Vendors, the Car Participants, the Bands on Friday Night, and the entire Chrome & Ice™ team worked hard to make this year’s event ever so special. Big Congratulations to the Top 25 Winners with their best vehicles and the Top 3 Winners of the Motorcycle displays. Having Motorcycles this year was something we’ve never done before, and it truly showed us, we all love vintage, classic and custom anything.
Before you know it, our next great event, Dust ‘em Off™, sponsored by Dort Financial will be here! I want you to have something to look forward to, so the winter’s Blahs don’t get you down. In just 30 days, March 20th Spring officially begins. Start thinking about getting your car ready for all the fun we are planning for the 2022 summer!

We are bringing back our ever-popular Road Rally’s, (registration will open in March) and the Tune up week planned for this year… Just you wait, we have something amazing planned for everyone. Main Event planning has already begun, and we KNOW you will be excited for the new things we are bringing to elevate this event.
Back to the Bricks® is driven solely by and ran by amazing and dedicated volunteers, and we need MORE! We update this list each year, so if you’ve done it in the past, you need to do it again. Click here to update your volunteer information. You will have a great time and meet some great people, which brings me to my last point, our AMAZING VOLUNTEERS!
The work that was done in planning and working on this year’s Chrome & Ice™ event was incredible. Our set up, and tear down teams, as well as our team that worked during the show is why Back to the Bricks® is such a great organization.

Stay safe and stay warm, we will be driving our Cars soon! 


Al Jones
Chairman of the Board
Back to the Bricks®
Chrome & Ice
Hello everyone.
I wanted to take just a moment to thank everyone that attended this years Chrome & Ice™ event. Our committee outdid themselves this year with the new displays, the new concert on Friday night and the lobby display with the Movie and TV cars.

From the lines we had before the doors opened each day to the last person that walked out each night, there were smiles all around. We truly enjoy putting on events like this, and I was happy to be a small part in this one. I give all the credit to the Chrome & Ice™ Team. They are all volunteers. They showed up for 6 months, planning and carving out the layout for this years event. They never complained and always thought of ideas to make the event even better. We are already talking about next year!

Thank you to our Brought to you By Sponsor Dort Financial, Laura Nestor and her team, and our event center, Jeremy Torrey, his entire team and the Dort Financial Event Center.
Thanks again and I look forward to seeing you at the next Back to the Bricks® event.

Ralph Messer
Vice Chairman of the Board
Back to the Bricks®
TOP 3 Motorcycles
Chrome & Ice
We love our pictures, and we are very thankful for our Volunteer Photographer, Mike Smith. He shows up to every event, and snaps away! Please take time to view the photos, you might even see your car!

What's new with our Executive Director
Hey everyone!
I first want to say, WOW. I walked over 78,000 steps in less than 4 days, and my feet felt it. I took a much-needed day off on Monday to heal, ice and soak my poor feet. But it got me laughing at the same time. I basically ran a marathon on Friday, walking over 39,000 steps... IN ONE DAY! So why don't I sign up for the CRIM. I mean, I can do that with no problem. Plus, they are celebrating their 45th year, so why not! So, you guessed it, I am signed up for the 10 mile run!
Chrome & Ice™ was a blast. I have to thank the John Vance Band, local rockers that opened up for country recording artist Josh Gracin. They truly rocked that arena. HUGE Thank you to Dort Financial for making that concert possible. It was so much fun, and a wonderful new element added to Chrome & Ice™.

The VIP Experience event was SOLD OUT! It was such a fun time, hats off to my co-chairman of this event, Dawn Cooper for all her hard work on making this experience one to remember. Proceeds from this event are going to our Back to the Bricks® Scholarship Fund. To find out more information see our website. Scholarship applications are being accepted NOW.

During the VIP Experience and in-between the two bands, Jeff Threet owner of Insta-Lube Fast Lube centers presented us a check for $2,348.14 to the Back to the Bricks® Scholarship Fund. This was due to the Oil Change fundraiser held at all his locations on Friday, February 4th. He and his entire team worked hard and donated $10.39 of every oil change done at all four locations. The $10.39 comes from the partnership with 103.9 the Fox which was on hand and helped promote the event. Jeff truly cares about the kids in our community.

My daughter Peyton was on the Chrome & Ice™ team with me and if you were there, you probably seen her in a few places. Mostly for me, she was making sure I ate, and drank plenty of fluids. It's a real blessing for me to have her at events, she learns so many skills, like public speaking, working with adults, organization, planning and most of all, smiling for the camera. She cracked me up, she said, "Mom everyone wants to take pictures with me all the time." She truly loves cars, so she doesn't mind. She enjoys hearing the stories as much as I do. She's already talking about handing out the participant bags at Dust 'em Off™ in May. She's a big helper for sure.
Our chairman mentioned above that we are ran by the amazing volunteers that sign up. So, if you are interested, sign up for Friends of Back to the Bricks® and let's get to work. You will make memories and have fun! Trust me on this. I have the most amazing network of friends now because I volunteered at events. Link is below this section.
We launched the Promo Tour on Friday Feb 11th, and the response has been.... let's just say, if you want to go, sign up! We can only allow 350 Cars on the tour. This is a comfortable number for the cities we are going to, but also makes this a fun an exclusive tour.
Here's a quick link to our website: PROMO TOUR
Well, I'm back behind the desk for now, working on all things "EVENTS." I am meeting with local businesses that want to come on as Partners and Sponsors and it's really exciting for me and our organization. We have some big goals for 2022, and I know we can achieve them together.
See you soon!

Amber Taylor
Executive Director
Back to the Bricks®
Direct: 810-877-8383
Have you wanted to be involved more with the Back To The Bricks®? Ever wanted to volunteer at any or all of our events? Well we have a Volunteer program called, Friends of Back To The Bricks®.

Friends of Back To The Bricks® is a volunteer program designed to help grow our volunteer base, continue to educate our car community on history and heritage, and ensure the future of our amazing Car shows and events for the community.

If you or anyone you know loves to help, volunteer or be apart of something pretty unique, click this link and sign up today!

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Al's Garage
Al’s Garage
Vol. #3, Issue #2
"Hazards of the Garage"
The title of this month’s issue of Al Garage is a strong indication as to where this story is leading to. We all know that working in our garage can be at times a hazardous place. Case in point; just the other day four of us were sitting at the kitchen table at a friend's discussing the collector car hobby. As the discussion progressed the topic came up about accidents that have happened in our garages, and some were serious, and others damaged one’s ego! 

One of story came out. We will say his name is Bill. (this is not his real name as I have chosen to protect the innocent) Bill began to tell us that one day he was out in his garage straightening and rearranging it in preparation for the coming of winter. He has a three-bay garage, and in it a 1958 bright red Chevrolet convertible parked on the far side of the garage and already out of the way, and was ready for winter storage. On the other side of the garage there was your typical garage items; snow shovel, snow blower, shelving for miscellaneous whatchamacallits and more. On another side of the garage was home for an unused pool table and the pool sticks and pool balls nicely stored on one of the shelves (so he thought).
He was getting these items ready for a garage sale, but Bill thought he should be sure the snow blower runs. Priming the carburetor, setting the choke and throttle and a quick few pulls it was ready for action. Now for the hazard! Unbeknownst to Bill and the long months of storage, one of the pool balls found its way into the shoot of the snow blower. And you guessed it, it was aimed directly at the passenger side of the ’58 Chevy. With a loud clatter of the pool ball rattling around in the snow blow it exited the blower like a cannon shot hitting squarely on the stainless-steel side molding of the ’58 Chevy!

Bill could not shut the blower off fast enough to rush over to the Chevy and examine the damage. After close examination, Bill could not find any damage to the side molding which could have been more disastrous. Looking back, it was a funny story that started out bad but ended on a good note. The takeaway for Bill was to make sure the snow blower exit shoot is not aimed at anything that could be damaged and better yet when starting it take it out of the garage.
Everyone has a story or two about things that have gone wrong in their garages. Perhaps in the future I will write about my own problems in the garage and more about my car lift. I will save that for the future.

Keep on roll’

Al Hatch
Founder of Back to the Bricks® 
Chairman Emeritus
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