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SEP 29, 2022 | By John M. Clor

Blue Oval Rides Power Port Huron’s ‘Wheels On The Waterfront’ Show

S550 Mustangs at show with hoods up

PORT HURON, Mich. – About 90 minutes north of Detroit is the city of Port Huron, Michigan, where the Bluewater Bridge provides a major U.S. 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 local enthusiasts and major merchants had been hosting a big car show every summer called “Mainstreet Memories” that once took over most of Downtown Port Huron. But success has a price, and once the show surpassed 600 cars and trucks of all makes and models a few years ago, it was relocated to a repurposed 20-acre tract along the St. Clair River known as the Acheson Ventures Waterfront to accommodate even more vehicles and vendors. Now called Mainstreet Memories – Wheels On The Waterfront,” this ever-growing family centric automotive extravaganza always proves worth the drive.Factory stock race cars at waterfront

That’s precisely why Ford Performance supported the 2022 show and set up our Ford Performance Meet & Greet display tent right, smack in the middle of Vendor’s Row – in between our own Shelby GT500 Carbon Fiber Track Pack engineering car and a group of 1964 factory sponsored Ford Thunderbolt race cars once campaigned by Milo Coleman in Super Stock A Class. A cloudy morning gave way to sunshine as the car count kept rising -- past 700 by lunchtime. Yes, they comprised just about every make and model imaginable, but after all this is a community based, non-judged car show where the goal is to build community, not to sponsor a competition. Ford Performance Tent with GT500

The mega car-show setting is geared for family fun with full schedule of events to keep the thousands of show-goers entertained throughout the day. One of our favorites was kids’ Power Wheels racing – intended to offer some EV driving fun for the little ones, although some tinkering by more than a few dads was evident by the non-stock performance from a few of the battery powered ride-on toys. We provided a Ford Performance Free Poster Giveaway all day, and the show offered a DJ, plenty of food from food trucks and the myriad of Downtown eateries, Door Prize Drawings, a 50/50 Drawing, Raffle Drawings, a Kid’s Zone filled with activities for the younger ones, Model T Assembly Team demonstrations, a Monster Truck display and finally a few nice sponsor awards at the end. One of the best features of this show is that it gives back to their charity of choice -- The Council on Aging, Inc.Ford Torino with hood open

We snuck away from our poster-slinging tent duty 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:Mach1 Mustang at showSilver foxbody MustangDark red mustang first gen customFord Bronco customFord model T with wooden pickup bedOrange Boss 302 with black stripeFord Galaxie race carRed Ford CobraRed GT350 MustangBlue Ford GT with rear hatch openRed SN95 Cobra mustangBlack ford with hood openBlack ford mustang first genBlue shelby cobra with white stripesFord Model A in blackBlue foxbody mustang SSPRed Ford Galaxie race car

 

FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS /  JOHN M. CLOR

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