Back to the Bricks®
March 2022 Newsletter
March 18th, 2022
The latest from the Chairman of the Board
The weather is giving us hope, with temperatures above 70 degrees on Thursday we know that Spring is here! From the car wash stations being jammed packed, to the motorcycles we are seeing on the road, soon everyone will be able to smell the flowers blooming and see the green grass growing. I love Spring because it is all about new beginnings.
Last year at-this-time, we were preparing for our very first spring event of the year, Dust ‘em Off™, which was an amazing success for a brand-new show. We are happy to announce that it’s time to get those cars and trucks ready because it’s time to Register for this year’s Dust ‘em Off™, on Sunday, May 22. You must register to be eligible for the free t-shirt and all the fabulous door prizes. You don’t want to miss it. We will have all the cool things we had last year and some new surprises that will be sure to please.

The hours are 10am – 4pm, so come and spend the day. Staging starts at 8am at our partner Ashley Furniture Parking lot, so you can be ready to enter the gates and drive under the iconic Back to the Bricks® arches at 9am. New and returning food trucks will have a nice variety to choose from. More automotive vendors will be on hand to see how you can improve your ride. DJ Scott Kuhl will be playing all the hits you love to hear. Back to the Bricks® has some all-new merchandise for 2022. There are all new shirts, hats, and new collector products. Plus, we will have a big 50/50 drawing so you can walk away with some cold hard cash.

There is a Swap Meet this year at the show, click here to sign up.
This event is possible due to our amazing presenting sponsor General Motors and brought to you by our sponsor Dort Financial Credit Union.
If would like to volunteer to help us this year, sign up as a “friends of Back to the Bricks®”. You will meet some great people and have a great time! Our volunteer team is the BEST!
Big thank you to our Main Events Chairman Kevin Murphy for leading our first Main Event Committee meeting this last Tuesday at the Hyatt Hotel off Hill Rd. Kevin reports that all leaders are working hard on plans to pull off an amazing season of fun! 

We know that everyone wants to be in the "know" on events and shows. The best way to stay in touch and up to date on information and dates of events is to visit our website often. CLICK HERE to see our website.

Encourage your friends to sign up for the newsletter on our website, as you know its the best way to stay in the "Know" of our events. You can also follow us on social media. our FACEBOOK page has over 35,000 followers and we hope to get to 38,000 followers this year! Don't forget to like and share our page. Click here to see our FACEBOOK Page

Hope to see you at one or all of the Back To The Bricks® events in 2022 or on the road.

My best regards,

Al Jones
Chairman of the Board
Back to the Bricks®
Scholarship Applications Are Being Accepted
Do you know a Genesee County Area High School Senior who is pursuing post-secondary study/training at a college or technical school in auto-body repair/painting, automotive design, auto mechanics, electrical/manufacturing/mechanical engineering, robotics, sales and marketing, software development for automotive applications, welding, or a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) related program?

What's New?
The 2nd Annual
Dust 'em Off Car Show
Our merchandise partners, Hilton Screeners have a new addition to our lineup just in time for the Promo Tour. If you want new Back to the Bricks® merch before the tour, CLICK HERE!!!
Important dates to know about!!!!
Discovery Promo Tour
June Jun 3-7th 2022

Tune Up Week
August 8-14th 2022
FREE Concert
Friday August 19th 2022
Main Event
Saturday August 20th 2022
A more detailed Back to the Bricks(R) events calendar will be coming out on our website and social media pages soon!
What's new with our Executive Director
Hey everyone!

March is here and it has brought us some amazingly nice weather, makes me really want to get the truck out and go for a drive with Peyton. I know, I know, it's not time yet.

But I WILL have the truck out at the first event of the year!!! I can't wait to see everyone at the Dust 'em Off car show on May 22nd. We are excited to bring this event back and join our already impressive lineup for the year. Our Chairman Al Jones and his committee have done a lot of work to make this event be a success.

Peyton and I are super excited for the upcoming Promo Tour. We are both going and can't wait to see everyone. This will be our first time on the tour, so if you have any suggestions or tips please send them my way!

We are FULL BLAST on planning the Summer Events, and talking to all the sponsors and partners they are pleased to be apart of it. Of course we welcome anyone interested in being a partner/sponsor so if you know anyone or any business send them my way. 2022 is going to be bigger and better than ever!

Well, that's all for now. Have a GREAT day, week and Month everyone!

Amber Taylor
Executive Director
Back to the Bricks®
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Al's Garage
Al’s Garage
Vol. #3, Issue #3
"OMG! Did you see that?"

This issue of ‘Al’s Garage’ will not focus on garage activities but on my observations of the mid-winter car auctions. Like most of you, I find the collector car auctions entertaining and educational. After witnessing the hammer prices on most of the cars crossing the block the title line ‘OMG, did you see that’ is self-explanatory. I, for one, thought the bidders were paying way over market prices for many of the cars and trucks. With that said, if you were the owner of one of the models crossing the block you were ecstatic with the bid prices. If you were or are the owner of a Mustang, Chevrolet, mid-year Corvette, pickup truck or restomod you probably could not contain yourself which is totally understandable but are the prices realistic? Strong arguments can be made that they are not.

So where did all the money come from. Some say it is due to the pandemic that stalled the hobby for a couple of years. Savings accounts were flush with disposable funds that were burning holes in pockets of those who are in the market for an addition to their collection.  Not to discount the foregoing thought, I have found that when the stock market was becoming unstable many stock market investors began to move the investments into hard assets. Real estate, collectables of all types and in this case collectable cars which fit the bill nicely. Are there pit falls with this strategy, you bet! The adage ‘what goes up fast usually comes down fast’ can be applied to the collector car hobby. A case in point; what happened to the Porsche market a few years ago?   930 Turbos went thru the roof. In a lot of cases 930 Turbos have probably lost forty percent of the value from their purchase prices, from three or four years ago. There are literally dozens of examples of cars that sored to astronomical heights only to come back down in price; not rock bottom but still relatively expensive.

Are there any collector cars out there that are still affordable? You bet! Personally, I think there are several models from the “80’s, ‘90’s and early 2000’s that are bargains. How about the Cadillac Alante, Buick Reatta, Chrysler Crossfire, Ford Thunderbird from the mid-2000’s, Chevrolet SSR pickups, C4 Corvettes, Pontiac Fiero, etc.?  Moving up the price scale C-5 Corvettes, Chrysler Prowlers and Ford Lightning pickup trucks along with the Chevrolet SS454 pickups and the Cadillac XLR series?

Obviously, the discussion laid out in this issue of ‘Al’s Garage’ are personal observations and are in some cases debatable. If nothing else the foregoing is good fodder for the next BOGSAT (Bunch of old guys sitting around talking) session.

Keep on rollin’

Al Hatch
Founder of the Back to the Bricks®
Back to the Bricks® Community Car Calendar
Add your events!
It's time to share information about local, regional, or state-wide car shows, cruises, swap meets, and similar events in addition to our own for the convenience of our friends in the Classic Car Community. This service is FREE to non-profit organizations. Calendar will be updated monthly and shared to the website as a downloadable PDF.

A reunion inspired by Back to the Bricks®
In December of 2021, Back to the Bricks® fan and follower Jim Peters attended the Holiday Market. He picked up some great Christmas Gifts and enjoyed the comradery with other car enthusiasts. He picked up a free calendar brought to you by Elga Credit Union and commented on the cover photo which was a Roadrunner Superbird. He bought one NEW in 1970 for $3,200.00. He got to talking to the other “car guys” and to make a long story short… One of them knew of a Superbird in the area. Jim went back home, and thought wouldn’t it be amazing to find HIS original car. He decided to try and locate it through a Road Runner Club website and further in Lost Muscle Cars. Amazingly and within one hour, the car was located just north of where Jim lived. Phone calls were made, talks were had, and a date was set.

After a few restless nights due to excitement, on a cold Saturday Jim helped uncover the Superbird. It had been 47 years since he had watched the car drive away with the then, new owner, and now he was sitting in the driver’s seat, holding the pistol grip shifter, and taking it all in. A flood of memories came in, fighting back emotions, Jim said he was speechless. He and the owner Dale have made plans for the spring, they will be meeting up again to enjoy the local car shows together, and to let Jim take a spin down the road. The owner Dale told Jim that the car is now valued over $200,000.00. Just a little more than the original price of $3,200.00.

This is what it’s all about. Thank you, Jim Peters, for sharing your story.
If you have a story we should know about, contact our Executive Director Amber Taylor. 
Friends of Back to the Bricks® Program

Have you wanted to be involved more with the Back To The Bricks®? Ever wanted to volunteer at any or all of our events? Join our 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 are anyone you know loves to help, volunteer or be apart of something pretty unique, click this link and sign up today!