DeLorean Club Benefits Bloomfield Charities
The DeLorean Motor City Club parked 15 of the classic 1980s rides at Mercedes-Benz of Bloomfield Hills.
The DeLorean Motor City Club is taking Woodward Dream Cruisers “back to the future.”
Fifteen DeLorean owners, including four from the DeLorean Club of Ohio, parked near Mercedes-Benz of Bloomfield Hills Saturday to entice participants to park and benefit three charities.
The Bloomfield Township Police Benevolent Fund, the Bloomfield Township Fire Department and the Bloomfield Hills Optimist Club all stand to benefit from the $5 parking fee assessed. BTFD Lt. Bill Fritz said the benefit goes beyond money.
“We’re getting our name out there,” Fritz said. “We’ve been out here (at the Dream Cruise) in past years, and it seems like there’s always a lot of rain, but today there’s a lot of sun. So we’re hoping that people will park and enjoy the cars.”
DeLorean Motor City Club President Byron Cancelmo said the location was a benefit to his membership, in part due to the appeal of showing off in a high-end dealership and in part to the respect that the charitable organizations show toward the club's vehicles.
“This is our first time here as a group, and when I put out a request to everyone involved in the club, (these organizations) were all over us,” said Cancelmo, a West Bloomfield resident and owner of a 1981 DeLorean. “They really respect the car, and they know that we respect our cars, which is why they offered us an area at the dealership. The fact that money goes to charity just seals the deal.”
The DeLoreans drove from as far south as Worthington, OH, where Josh Quellhorst, 32, said that while he has participated in classic car shows, he has never seen anything like the Woodward Dream Cruise.
“This is my first time here, and it’s just awesome,” said Quellhorst, who bought his DeLorean in February. “It’s a great chance to meet other DeLorean owners.”
The Mercedes-Benz dealership also featured the Bloomfield Township Classic Car Show with 32 additional cars.