by CYNTHIA KMETT
The weather was mild and the rain predicted for Sunday afternoon never materialized. It was the perfect day to host a classic car show, and that’s exactly was happened.
The Troy Historical Society hosted its 10th annual Troy Traffic Jam car show last Sunday at the Columbia Center located at the corner of Big Beaver and Livernois. A record 3,500 attendees – that’s up 25% from 2016 – were on hand to enjoy the show.
There were almost 300 classic, vintage, performance, and specialty cars registered and over 22 business sponsors stepped up to support the Society. This year’s event generated over $30,000. These funds will support the Troy Historical Society, which operates the Troy Historic Village.
Troy Historical Society Treasurer John Lavender was obviously pleased, observing, “The Troy Traffic Jam was a tremendous success. Not only is it an important fundraising event for our organization, it’s also a great event that showcases the City of Troy”.
Highlights from this year’s car show were the 1930 Rolls Royce Phantom once owned by Marlene Dietrich, and an ultra-rare Tucker 48 – one of only 51 Tuckers ever made. Owner Mark Lieberman of Bloomfield Hills brought #43 to the show. This classic auto is fully restored and has the original engine. The car’s beautiful Waltz Blue paint color, also original, was inspired by Preston Tucker’s wife’s favorite dress.
Author Steve Lehto, who also writes for Road and Track, did an on-camera interview with Mr. Lieberman at the Traffic Jam, which was live streamed on Road & Track’s Facebook page. It has since been viewed over 27,000 times.
Dr. Wasserman of West Bloomfield Hills, who displayed his 2009 Ford Mustang Bullitt, commented “This is a great show that is really building. I attend several car shows in the area, but this one is one of the better run car shows, and I think it can be attributed to all the great volunteers”.
There were a lot of Fords at this year’s Traffic Jam. Perhaps they are all gearing up, and sprucing up their vehicles, in anticipation of the Woodward Dream Cruise on August 19th.
The U.S. Army was also a star, as it had several vehicles in the show that attracted quite a bit of the crowd’s attention, and, like any metro Detroit car show, there were many classic Corvettes to swoon over.
The Troy Traffic Jam was a free, fun, and family-friendly event with a KidZone sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Troy and music by DJ Bob Steel filled the Columbia Center venue. New this year, the City of Troy offered free Troy Trolley service to nearby restaurants and Somerset Collection.
The Traffic Jam also added three new judging categories that were voted on by kids only – the winners in these kids’ categories were awarded plaques by 10 year-old Caleb Dominguez who was assisted by Mayor Dane Slater.
The event was made possible by major sponsors KIRCO, Columbia Center, Kelly Services, The Suburban Collection, American House, and the City of Troy. Additional sponsors included Mahindra (whose remote controlled cars delighted the younger generation), Community Choice Credit Union, Independent Bank, Morgan Stanley, DiLisio Contracting, and Hagerty Insurance/VTC.
Mayor Dane Slater’s favorite entry at the Traffic Jam was the 1930 Rolls Royce Phantom once owned by Marlene Dietrich and now owned by Terry Adderly.
But there were lots of winners at the Traffic Jam, including:
Taking the kids awards were:
I want to drive this car, Tim Leslie, a 1973 Plymouth Duster
I want my dad to buy this car, Dani Homrich, a 1937 Packard Victoria, and
I would design this car, Jason Klein, a 2013 Ford Mustang GT
Antique, 1900-1927, John Loose, 1924 Ford Model T Coupe
Open, 1928-1942, Don Sommer, 1930 Packard
Closed, 1928-1942, Terry Adderley, 1930 Rolls Royce Phantom
Open, 1946-1960, Don Sommer, 1953 Buick Skylark (Don is a Troy resident and he was the founder of the prestigious Concours d’Elegance.)
Closed, 1946-1960, Robert Smith, 1952 Chevy Station Wagon
Ford, 1961-1972, Glen Beal, 1966 Ford Thunderbird
GM, 1961-1972, Mike Anderson, 1968 Chevy Impala
All Other Brands, 1961-1972, Brian Burke, 1962 Chrysler Imperial
1973-2000, Larry Fair, 1983 Oldsmobile Hurst
Millennium. 2001-2016, Mark Schultz, 2013 Lamborghini Performante
Street Machines, Custom, Bob Fulkerson, 1957 Chevy Bel Air Sport Coupe
Trucks All Years, Andy Knaack, 1968 Chevy C-10 Pick Up
Street Machines/ Custom1960- 2000, Tim Jasmer, 1967 Chevy Camaro
Corvette 1953-1967, Jack Driver, 1960 Chevy Corvette Soft Top
Corvette 1968-1982, Glenn Wurm, 1974 Chevy Corvette
Corvette 1984- Current, Jim Wolfe, 2014 Chevy Convertible
Foreign, John Crusse, 1969 Porsche 911 T
Best Paint Job, Robert Smith, 1952 Chevy Station Wagon
Visit TroyTrafficJam.com to see highlights from this year’s show.