Back to the Bricks®

September 2022 Newsletter

September 16th, 2022

The latest from the Chairman of the Board

Hello all,


WOW, what a summer! I hope you are as enthused I was at our events this year. The attendance was very impressive at each one and a big thank you goes out to all our volunteers. It’s not easy to manage crowds like this, but they do an amazing job. 


We are so blessed with such great sponsors, too! They truly care about our community and invest heavily to prove it! Their generosity is so inspiring to all of us at Back to the Bricks® organization. See our complete 2022 Sponsor list below. Like them on social media, visit their websites and consider using them for your needs. Our sponsors GIVE a lot, and we know we can't thank them enough. 


We are looking forward to seeing you at out last road rally THIS Saturday. It’s going to be a blast so if you haven’t registered yet, there is still time! We are going to drive about 65 miles with 3 stops to draw cards for the poker run and return to Shea Automotive for a nice car show with lots of great prizes and food trucks. 

Thanks so much for being a part of the Back to the Bricks® organization and I will see you soon!

Thank you, 

Al Jones

Chairman of the Board

Back to the Bricks®

Thank you to all our Sponsors

Final Road Rally of the Year

We've partnered with Shea Automotive and Halo Burger again to bring you one last rally of the year.

This ALL-NEW Poker Run Rally will be something fun for everyone! Kick off will begin at Shea Automotive, entering off Linden Road.

Cars will begin lining up between 8am and 9:00am with music, fun and restrooms. At around 9am we will hear some instructions and the Poker Run Rally will begin. This Road Rally will take you on an adventure with some surprises along the way. With three unique stops to get your cards we know you will have fun!

Then wrap up your Poker Run Rally at the finish line, Shea Automotive, with a Collectors Dash Card, limited in edition Poker Chips for purchase, visit the Merchandise Booth, see our Vendors, Food Trucks, enjoy a Car Show for the Public and a card game for the top 10 best hands. Prizes and Fun are instore for all.

Rain or Shine we will hit the roads. So if you register today with your classic or muscle car, and there is a chance for rain on the day of the Rally, just bring your everyday driver. Let's have FUN regardless of the weather.

Remember you will NOT know the route until you arrive to the staging area at Shea Automotive on Saturday Sept 17th.

Everyone that attends the Rally must be PRE-REGISTERED to participate.

Thank you to our Host Sponsors!!!

Shea Automotive Group is thrilled to be a partner with Back to the Bricks® and welcome drivers to their dealership in Flint, Michigan. Shea Automotive Group is proud to provide drivers from Michigan and beyond with new Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles that stand out with their exceptional quality and craftsmanship. They also provide high-quality used and certified pre-owned vehicles that are perfect for drivers who want a reliable vehicle at a great price.

When you visit the Shea Automotive Team, you can find straight forward financing options and finance specialists who have your best interest in mind. They will also help you care for your vehicle and keep it performing at its best in their service and parts centers.

Halo Burger is Celebrating their 99th Birthday 

One of America’s oldest burger chains offers

$1.99 QP’s for their birthday on 9/18 

Flint’s most iconic fast-food chain, Halo Burger, is celebrating 99 years on National Cheeseburger Day. Fans can celebrate with a $1.99 QP by participating in Halo Burger’s reward program. Halo Rewards members will receive a digital offer for a $1.99 QP Burger on September 18th, to join the celebration. Guests may redeem the offer any time until the end of the month at all Halo Burger locations. To sign up, individuals can visit

The QP Burger is Halo Burger's most popular item on the menu, so offering a special on their beloved quarter-pounder is just one way this long-standing fast-food chain continues to think about their community. Since 2016, they’ve continued to expand their community outreach efforts, sponsoring little leagues and other local events including Back to the Bricks, the Crim Festival of Races, Pink Night Palooza and more. They host three car cruise events a month from May through October in efforts to raise money for local charities. 

Halo Burger, originally called Kewpee Hotel Hamburgs,’ began in 1923 in downtown Flint, Michigan. “People have grown up eating Halo Burger and now take their grandchildren there to eat. Between the nostalgia, celebrating 99 years in a community that has experienced so much hardship and sourcing local ingredients, that’s what makes this brand so remarkable. People from all over the country crave the iconic Midwestern menu options and look to support a community staple,” explains Domenique Annoni, Halo Burger’s Marketing Manager. 

“Michigan’s Best Burger Since 1923!” 

Al's Garage

Al’s Garage

Vol. #3, Issue #9

"Summer of Fun"

There is no doubt that there is a tinge of fall in the air. Evening temperatures are getting cooler and some of the trees are beginning to change color. Like many of us, I like the fall even though it ushers in the end of the cruising and car show season. But there are still opportunities to drive our cars a few more time before putting them up for the winter. Fall color tours are great. A few years ago, my wife and I and my good friend and his wife from Elkhart, Indiana ventured for a color tour which took us to Copper Harbor, which is at the tip of the Keweenaw peninsular. The fall colors were spectacular. Taking back roads provided the four of us with even more visual delights. The fall trip to the upper peninsula may have been scratched off from our bucket list for now but it is not out of the picture for ventures to the U.P. in the future.


Looking back at this car cruise and show car season has kept my wife and I busy for the summer. Beginning with spring the second annual Back to the Bricks® Dust em’ Off which attracted over 1,000 collector cars gathering at the Dort Financial Credit Event Center, was a tremendous success. The Dust em’ Off event was followed by the Back to the Bricks® Promo Tour which produced great memories. It was a great way to kick off the collector car season for us. Later in June, the annual Sloan Museum ‘Auto Fair’ took place on the grounds of the Flint Cultural Center and as in past years, proved to be a great show. For my wife and I, it was off to Auburn, Indiana for the ‘Auburn Warm-Up’ meet which is hosted by the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club. Not a particular big car show but a great way to renew old friendships and a great driving experience of pre-World War II cars (1936 and prior). In July my granddaughter and I participated in one of the Back to the Bricks® Road Rallies. It was a high-quality time for my granddaughter and I and it was her first time on a rally. She was the navigator and performed faultlessly.

The month of August was a monster of a month for the local collector car enthusiasts. The Back to the Bricks® committee produced two solid weeks of car events beginning with Tune Up week. Six straight days of late afternoon and early evening car shows. Just when you thought all was over, then came the Main Event week. A Car Show at Birch Run Speedway kicked off the Main Event week, followed by the Cruise to the Drive In at the historic US-23 Drive Inn Theater. Then we had two nights of cruising up and down a twelve-mile route from Grand Blanc to downtown Flint with the Rolling Cruise. Friday night came with an evening car show in downtown Flint and the annual downtown Cruise N Concert which featured two bands, the Atlanta Rhythm Section and Bad Finger. Next up was the Saturday Main Event. What can I say that has not been said before? It was just simply ‘spectacular.’ August kept us busy and the gas stations owners with smiles on their faces!

This brings my wife and I to September. For us, ‘Labor Day’ takes us back to Indiana for the annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival. Much like Flint’s August events, Auburn’s Labor Day festival brings together thousands of car enthusiasts from near and far. As in the previous forty-three years, we look forward to our annual trek to Auburn. But I must admit by the time the show is over I am ‘whipped.’ But after a few days of rest our attention turns to the fall AACA swap meet in Hershey, Pennsylvania. If you have never been there, add it to your ‘bucket list.’ I am not going to expound on how large the swap meet, and show is; you just must see it for yourself!

It has been great to see many of you at the various shows this summer. Now it is time to start thinking about 2023 car season. It never is to early!

Keep on Rollin'

Al Hatch

Founder of the Back to the Bricks®

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