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Les Cheneaux Islands Car Show–Cedarville, Michigan

Les Cheneaux Islands Car Show
Les Cheneaux Islands Car Show

by Linda Laughter, Guest Blogger
The town of Cedarville opens its streets each year to classy cars on the same weekend at the Les Cheneaux Islands Antique Wooden Boat Show in nearby Hessel. (See last week’s blog for details and photos).  These events take place on the second weekend in August and combines wheels and watercraft in a fun way.

Les Cheneaux Islands Car Show
Les Cheneaux Islands Car Show

The car show offers automobile enthusiasts a chance to show off their vehicles. I love meeting the folks who spend time and sometimes considerable money to make their dream cars come to life. They sit by their vehicles hoping you will ask them their story and why that particular car is so important to them. It could have been the model of their first car, a Jeep of a veteran or a childhood memory.

Les Cheneaux Islands Car Show
Les Cheneaux Islands Car Show
Les Cheneaux Islands Car Show
Les Cheneaux Islands Car Show

Prizes are given and celebrated, but I don’t really think that is why they do it. They just love cars.
Sometimes props are used to get you in the mood like hamburgers and fries, camp desks and toy car look alikes. Engines are polished to a shine as well as front grilles. The hoods are almost always open so you can see the simplicity of how engines used to be made. No computer parts here.

Les Cheneaux Islands Car Show
Les Cheneaux Islands Car Show
Les Cheneaux Islands Car Show
Les Cheneaux Islands Car Show

This isn’t the largest or the most unique car show in the world, but these car lovers are genuine people and you can’t help but wonder what it would be like to travel the road in one of these special cars with them.

Les Cheneaux Antique Wooden Boat Show

Hessel Antique Wooden Boat Show
Hessel Antique Wooden Boat Show

The car show runs back-to-back with the Les Cheneaux Islands Antique Wooden Boat Show the following day at Hessel. The show offers automobile enthusiasts a chance to show off their vehicles and extend the celebration of transportation to include “cool rides” in a parade-style rally that rolls from Hessel to Cedarville. 

Les Cheneaux Islands Car Show
Les Cheneaux Islands Car Show

The show is open to any kind of vehicle, from classic cars to modern motorcycles, fully refinished or in process.

Les Cheneaux Islands Car Show
Les Cheneaux Islands Car Show
Les Cheneaux Islands Car Show
Les Cheneaux Islands Car Show

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Linda Laughter is a practicing interior designer and part-time painter in Ada, MI. She and her architect husband love to travel and enjoy all the architectural details and God’s beauty the world has to offer.

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Susan J. Smith
Susan's career includes writing for newspapers, lots of community work and a wonderful family life. Now she is enjoying traveling, photography and writing for DesignDestinations and Grand Rapids Magazine. She welcomes you on her journey and appreciates your comments.

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