by CYNTHIA KMETT
Rolling into the Columbia Center on Sunday, August 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. is the 11th annual Troy Traffic Jam, the yearly celebration of vehicles presented by the Troy Historic Village. From classic of yesteryear to the muscle cars of youth, over 300 examples of what Americans loved to drive will be on display.
You’re all invited to this free ride down memory lane. Come walk the aisles of vehicles, take pictures with your favorites, and talk to the owners about all the fun it is to drive these classic cars. Hopefully it will be warm and sunny, but if you get too warm there will be plenty of great food and beverages from area restaurants including AAA Ice Cream Cart with Good Humor brands.
As society tries to attract more of our youth to STEM programs, the Troy Historic Village is pleased to welcome a new mentoring program to the day’s event, Connect With Careers. One of the Traffic Jam’s sponsors, the Suburban Collection, is hosting the Connect With Careers tent which will showcase job training programs and offer students and their parents the opportunity to meet with representatives from automotive technology groups and tier two automotive companies. Representatives will answer questions, provide information, and give live demonstrations for visitors.
“As a business that has proudly served the Automotive Industry for more than 70 years, it’s imperative we support events like Troy Traffic Jam’s Connect with Careers,” said David Fischer, Jr., President and COO of The Suburban Collection. “It’s vital to the industry we find ways to connect our next generation with automotive careers and training programs that will serve the industry for the next 70 years, and beyond.”
The Suburban Collection is joined by KIRCO/Columbia Center, Kelly Services, American House, and the City of Troy in presenting the Troy Traffic Jam.
Among the special vehicles at this year’s Traffic Jam is the exquisite Duesenberg J-582 owned by Terry Adderley, executive chairman of Kelly Services, which is headquartered right here in Troy on Big Beaver. Duesenberg Motors produced race cars and luxury automobiles. The J582 was produced in Indianapolis from 1929 until 1937. Of the 485 cars sold, including the one that Adderley owns, all received custom coachwork, tailored to the individual whim of each owner. No two Duesenbergs were alike, with prices originally ranging from $13,500 to $25,000. (Okay, they are a bit more expensive today.)
Don’t worry, the younger generation has not been forgotten at this family-friendly event. The Troy Kiwanis Club will have the KidZone where kids can try their hand at creating “automotive crafts” and there’s a tent that has face painting, too. And which vehicles do the kids like best? That will be determined by the popular “Kid Voting” with its “Best of” categories.
And, you will notice that a new steakhouse restaurant is under construction at the Columbia Center along Big Beaver Road. The Planning committee wishes to assure everyone that the building will be finished and the site cleaned so that it will not affect the show.
It’s not too late to bring your classic car to the Traffic Jam. Individuals interested in displaying their vehicle(s) are welcome to register at TroyTrafficJam.com. The pre-registration entry fee is $20 per car. Day-of-show registration is $25. All registration fees for the Troy Traffic Jam are tax-deductible and support the Troy Historic Village.
The Troy Traffic Jam is a fundraiser for the Troy Historic Village. Troy Historic Village is located at 60 West Wattles Rd., just west of Livernois. The Village is open year-round and showcases ten historic structures in a charming five-acre complex. Visitors of all ages can explore Michigan history by witnessing and sharing the lifestyles of the pioneers who established homes and farms in rural Troy Township during the 1800s. Troy Historic Village serves the counties of Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb, providing a memorable and interactive experience for all visitors.
Offering a wide variety of activities for children and a diverse range of lectures and events for adults, the Village aims to enhance appreciation of history while using Troy’s rich and evolving story as a backdrop. Their goal is to conserve local history, connect the community with heritage, and continue outstanding educational programs.