1) the folks who restore and honour the original vehicles;
2) the folks who customize their vehicles to create their fantasy rides; and
3) the folks who love their hearses, but can't afford to restore or customize their rides.
The first two groups are sometimes critical of each others' approach to the appreciation of professional cars. My own approach is to live and let live. We need both groups to keep up the interest in this beautiful, unique, and often misunderstood class of vehicle.
If you've ever been interested in hearses (and other professional cars) the king daddy of annual hearse events is coming up in August: The Professional Car Society (PCS) International Meet.
This year it's hosted by the fine folks of the PCS Mid Michigan chapter and will take place in and around Flint, MI from August 11-15, 2009.
I was at the Mid Michigan chapter's mini-meet in February and they sure made me feel welcome. Amazing collection of toy hearses too!
So if you're into hearses, and other professional cars (ambulances, fire trucks, etc.) Flint is the place to be to get your fix. I'm still taking apart my 1949 Henney Packard Nu-3-Way hearse in order to restore it. Otherwise, we'd be there for sure.
Here's a taste of the info from the Mid Michigan chapter's website. More info and a full schedule are available through the links at the bottom of this post.
Flint is the birthplace of General Motors Corporation and this meet will be seriously "auto centric." We will visit places like the original Durant-Dort Carriage factory and office, the Alfred P. Sloan Museum of Transportation, historic Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad. We will cruise the Flint River aboard the Genesee Belle. A trip to the Walter P Chrysler Museum and The Packard Proving Grounds as well as a visit to Jimmy Dobson's Firetruck Museum are also on tap. Hope you enjoy the show, the cars, and the folks. See you down the road...
During the week Flint will also be hosting the "Back to the Bricks" rolling cruise and so on Friday evening we will join THOUSANDS of other classic cars for a downtown cruise-in on Flint's old brick pavement.
Our Concours d'Elegance will be held on the grounds of the Flint Cultural Center near the home of the late GM pioneer Charles Stewart Mott.
Mid Michigan Professional Car Society
Professional Car Society