At least 100 car enthusiasts showed off their prized possessions Sunday, July 27 at the Midwest Showdown Car and Bike Show in Muskegon.
MUSKEGON, MI – There’s a few rules when it comes to Philip Loving’s Corvette.
No eating. No drinking, except water. And don’t even think about asking him for a test drive – he’s the car’s one and only operator.
Loving, a Flint resident, had his 2007 Chevrolet Corvette on display early in the day Sunday, July 27, at the Midwest Showdown Car and Bike Show at Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon. He was one of at least 100 car enthusiasts showing off their prized possessions before a large, diverse crowd of adults and children.
Since purchasing the Corvette a few days before Thanksgiving last year, Loving said he’s taken it to four shows now and drives it often during the warmer months before storing it away in a climate-controlled garage unit for the winter.
“I get a lot of looks, people taking pictures on the highway and all sorts of crazy stuff,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun to drive. I haven’t been pulled over yet, thank God.”
Surviving gusts of wind and rain later in the day, the Midwest Showdown Car and Bike Show received a warm welcome at the Heritage Landing location. The event previously was held at Mona Lake Park in Muskegon Heights, but was moved to accommodate larger crowds and more vehicles.
“It’s been great. It’s wide open – you just look around and you’ve got room,” said event co-founder TeAngelo Robinson. “You’ve got the water right behind you and it looks good.”
Robinson and Jason Pittman started the event in 2011 as a way to indulge their personal passion for cars.
However, unlike many other car shows, Pittman said the Midwest Showdown Car and Bike Show attempts to appeal to a “hip, younger crowd,” accepting vehicles that aren’t necessarily considered to be vintage by some standards.
“Michigan and West Michigan, specifically, really is a car savvy area,” Pittman said. “There’s so many car enthusiasts and car lovers in this area and we’re just trying to get a piece of the pie.”
That strategy opens the door for people like Fennville resident Junior Avalos.
Avalos, who’s associated with New Age Kustoms of Holland, showed off his 1978 Ford Thunderbird, complete with a candy green paint job, spinning wire wheels, hydraulics and crushed velvet interior – a renovation project he’s been doing for nearly 15 years in his dad’s garage.
The car appeared as though it jumped right out of an episode of MTV’s “Pimp My Ride.”