TROY, Mich. – Each year for more than a decade now, the Troy Traffic Jam Classic Car Show has provided a free, fun, and family-friendly automotive event in the Detroit suburb of Troy, Michigan. As much as attendees are encouraged to bring the whole family to enjoy children’s car-friendly crafts (as well as “Kid Voting” for their favorite vehicles), plus music and plenty of great food, car fans come out for the “traffic jam” of as many as 300 classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars, and specialty vehicles that crowd into the grounds of Troy’s Columbia Center.
This year, the 11th Annual Troy Traffic Jam that took place on Sunday, August 5th was special for another reason: It sponsored a new youth-mentoring program called “Connect with Careers,” sponsored by the auto dealers that make up what’s known as The Suburban Collection. The Connect with Careers tent showcased hands-on job training programs and offered students and their parents the opportunity to meet with representatives from automotive technology groups and tier-two automotive companies. Representatives answered questions, provided information, and gave live demonstrations.
“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.”
Of course, our own roving photographer, Ford retiree Bill Cook, was there mostly to find cool Fords on display. “My favorite had to be the 1926 Ford "Touring Car" with the Taurus SHO motor in it,” he told us. Cook grew up in a Ford family with his Dad working at Ford Division Marketing and Sales. Throughout his own long Ford marketing career, Bill was well-known within the company as an active enthusiast and club member who could always be counted upon to show off photos of the many car shows and events that he attends regularly all across the Midwest. In retirement, it is no different. Cook sent us a big selection of photos from the Troy Traffic Jam, and we hope you’ll enjoy some of our picks in the gallery below:
FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS / COURTESY BILL COOK