2013-07-04 / News

State Street Lineup: Each Car Tells a Story of History or Creativity



This 1969 Shelby GT350 Ford Mustang on display at the St. Ignace Car Show once belonged to Detroit rock star Alice Cooper. This 1969 Shelby GT350 Ford Mustang on display at the St. Ignace Car Show once belonged to Detroit rock star Alice Cooper.

Throngs of people inspect about 1,100 cars, tell stories, and mill around St. Ignace during the annual Car Show on State Street Saturday, June 29. Clouds in the morning gave way to sunshine in the afternoon. Throngs of people inspect about 1,100 cars, tell stories, and mill around St. Ignace during the annual Car Show on State Street Saturday, June 29. Clouds in the morning gave way to sunshine in the afternoon.

Below: Thousands of people and more than 1,000 cars lined State Street in St. Ignace for the city’s annual car show. Here the area near the Star Line Railroad Dock and the Mackinac Grille is filled to capacity during the afternoon portion of the show. Below: Thousands of people and more than 1,000 cars lined State Street in St. Ignace for the city’s annual car show. Here the area near the Star Line Railroad Dock and the Mackinac Grille is filled to capacity during the afternoon portion of the show.

Unlike last week’s Antiques on the Bay classic car show, the St. Ignace Car Show accepts any and all models, including current cars. The newest vehicle at the show Saturday, June 29, was this 2014 Chevrolet SS, a brand-new model imported from Australia that won’t arrive in showrooms until later this year. This particular SS was modified for NASCAR pace car duties and served in that role at the 2013 Daytona 500 race last February in Florida. Unlike last week’s Antiques on the Bay classic car show, the St. Ignace Car Show accepts any and all models, including current cars. The newest vehicle at the show Saturday, June 29, was this 2014 Chevrolet SS, a brand-new model imported from Australia that won’t arrive in showrooms until later this year. This particular SS was modified for NASCAR pace car duties and served in that role at the 2013 Daytona 500 race last February in Florida.

Harvey Hamel of Cedarville brings his grandson, Carson Hamel, 13, of Florida, to the St. Ignace Car Show. “It’s always nice to see beautiful machinery,” Mr. Hamel said. They eye a yellow 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. “It’d be hard to drive down the highway unnoticed,” he noted of the car. Carson said it reminds him of the movie “Transformers.” Harvey Hamel of Cedarville brings his grandson, Carson Hamel, 13, of Florida, to the St. Ignace Car Show. “It’s always nice to see beautiful machinery,” Mr. Hamel said. They eye a yellow 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. “It’d be hard to drive down the highway unnoticed,” he noted of the car. Carson said it reminds him of the movie “Transformers.”

Spectators stroll up the hill on South State Street, admiring the rows of cars lining downtown St. Ignace at the annual car show. Spectators stroll up the hill on South State Street, admiring the rows of cars lining downtown St. Ignace at the annual car show.

Russell and Patty DelMarcelle came all the way from De Pere, Wisconsin, to display this 1969 “Moulin Rouge” Plymouth Road Runner at the 2013 St. Ignace Car Show Show. The car was displayed alongside a stuffed animal version of the Road Runner cartoon character. In the 1960s Chrysler paid Warner Brothers $50,000 for the rights to name the car after the character and use the zippy bird in its advertising. Russell and Patty DelMarcelle came all the way from De Pere, Wisconsin, to display this 1969 “Moulin Rouge” Plymouth Road Runner at the 2013 St. Ignace Car Show Show. The car was displayed alongside a stuffed animal version of the Road Runner cartoon character. In the 1960s Chrysler paid Warner Brothers $50,000 for the rights to name the car after the character and use the zippy bird in its advertising.

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