PORT HURON, Mich. – About 90 minutes north of Detroit is the city of Port Huron, Michigan, where the Bluewater Bridge provides a major border crossing into Canada. It’s far enough from The Motor City to provide a vacation gateway to the Lake Huron shoreline, but close enough to share a love for all things automotive. That’s why area enthusiasts have been working hard to bring back a major car show that once took over Downtown Port Huron. After a successful launch last year as the Port Huron “Mainstreet Memories” show, Ford Performance decided to make the drive up to the show on July 29, 2017, to see what kind of car party Port Huron could produce. A long stretch of Main Street in Downtown Port Huron was blocked off for the event, so we set up our Ford Performance Meet & Greet tent right, smack in the middle of all the action for a Shelby GT350 Mustang poster giveaway.
We stopped counting after more than 500 cars of every make and model filled both sides of the street for blocks. The show was organized by a local committee of dedicated auto enthusiasts who are committed to a grassroots effort to continue to grow the Mainstreet Memories Car Show into a more prominent event each year. This is a community based, non-judged car show where goal is to build community, not to sponsor a competition. The mega car-show setting proved the perfect place for attendees to relax and view a large variety of fine cars, see old friends, make new ones, and enjoy the downtown area to see what Port Huron has to offer.
This second time around for the Mainstreet Memories show featured nostalgic drag cars, and included goody bags and commemorative travel mugs to the first 200 registrants, plus door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, the Mainstreet Memories Arts & Crafts Show, a DJ, plenty of food from the myriad of Downtown restaurants and cafes, plus an appearance by the Model T Assembly Team. We snuck away from our tent for a few minutes to take photos of some of the Fords we found on display at the show to share with you in the gallery below:
FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS / JOHN M. CLOR