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10 Year Anniversary of the Little Detroit Car Club

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Members of the Little Detroit Chapter of the Antique Auto Club of America pose for a photo at their recent 10th-anniversary celebration.

The Little Detroit Chapter of the Antique Auto Club of America recently celebrated it's 10th anniversary at the Bennet's Classic Museum with a cruise in. The club has members from Rutherford, Polk, and surrounding counties.

The Club got its start about 12 years ago when 10 car guys sat on a tailgate talking about cars and shared a dozen Davis Donuts on Main Street in Forest City. They called it donuts and derelicts, later they started having breakfast at Smith's Drug Store Fountain and still meet there each Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. The meeting has also been called cars and coffee and lug nuts.

The donuts and derelicts group started hanging out and going to The Bennett's Classic Museum and soon the Little Detroit Chapter of the Antique Auto Club was founded 10 years ago. Buddy Bennett, owner of Bennett's Classic Museum, who is a member of the club said that the club still meets and has cruise-ins at his museum.

Varlie Lacaria president of the Little Detroit Club said she likes the fellowship with people who love cars as much as she does. "It's a good reason to get together and eat." The club gets together to eat, goes to cruise-ins and takes their cars on tours.

Gary Barnett, a charter member of the club, said they started with 22 members and now have 80 members.

If you wish to join the club contact Gary Barnett at 828-223-0002. Everyone is invited to bring their car and join the group for breakfast at Smith's Drugs every Saturday morning at 7:30 am.

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