Thousands turn out to cruise Downriver

Brian Johnson, from E and M Auto Parts in Canton, built a real-life, working Tow Mater from the movie “Cars” and had it on display during the Cruisin’ Downriver event June 29. The replica was built in 2008 for Johnson’s grandson because of his infatuation with the movie and was originally a 1965 Dodge tow truck.

This late-80s Pontiac Firebird was named Toy Story for the addition of a hundred-or-so toys, new and old, to the interior
and exterior of the car. Reactions to the Firebird from observers ranged from “it’s kinda cool and unique,” to “what the..?”

This Model A sport coupe travelled Fort Street June 29 during Cruisin’ Downriver. The event took place in the cities of Wyandotte, Southgate, and Lincoln Park. A detour in the cruise route left out Riverview this year. Mayor Tim Durand opted out of the cruise to allow for construction to continue.

This Volkswagen Bug Type 1 was created and built by Tony Inzano in his backyard. Inzano said the car was 99 percent original including the body that was chopped and channeled 11 inches. The only non-VW parts on the whole car, he said, were the headlights,
which came from a 30’s-era Ford, the gear shifter, which was a replacement hip joint, and the taillights, made from plug-in air fresheners, The engine was originally from 1915 and was restored to working condition.