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Plymouth car collector is still cruising along at 103

When Margaret Dunning takes her ’66 Cadillac on Detroit’s Woodward Avenue this week, Dream Cruise fans will see two classics on display — her car and its amazing 103-year-old driver.

“Oh, I wouldn’t miss it, the Dream Cruise,” Dunning said. “I’m out on Woodward every year.”

The 19th annual Woodward Dream Cruise is Saturday although, as always, hordes of auto enthusiasts have been cruising Woodward for weeks.

Dunning turned 103 in June, but this remarkably spry, 5-foot-tall “lady driver,” as she calls herself, still loves to drive. And sometimes, floor it. Like the proverbial Little Old Lady from Pasadena, immortalized in song by California duo Jan and Dean in 1964, Dunning likes to go fast.

“Which one?” she replied with a laugh, when asked whether she’d ever had a speeding ticket.

“I got clocked at 72 awhile ago,” she said with a grin, declining to say on which local road.

Last week, she showed visitors her stable of collector cars parked in an oversized, heated garage behind her house in Plymouth.

She chatted knowledgeably about each car, sat in the driver’s seats and patted the side of her 1931 Ford Model A pickup, saying, “This is my sweetheart. It’ll go all day.”

As Dream Cruise fans know, Woodward’s cruising heyday was the 1950s and ’60s, when young men revved hot rods from drive-in to drive-in. For the annual reincarnation of cruising Woodward, however, no one shows off the populist, come-all quality of the Dream Cruise better than Dunning.

And for her, that’s old hat because she has trashed age and gender expectations for nearly a century when it comes to cars — learning to drive at 8, becoming her newly widowed mother’s licensed chauffeur at 11 and being the rare single woman who trucked vintage cars to collector shows since the 1950s, according to her biography at the Plymouth Historical Museum.

Explaining her passion for cars, she sounds like any enthusiast.

“You just get into into internal combustion and it takes over on you,” she said, standing next to her ’66 Cadillac DeVille, with sandalwood tan paint and beige leather-and-cloth seats.

“I grew up on a farm with a lot of machinery, and my mother maintained everything. I was an only child and my father would be fixing something so he’d ask me to get him a tool. I couldn’t help but be fascinated,” she recalled.

Soon, she was tinkering and fixing.

Dunning’s father died in 1923, “and my mother couldn’t drive, so she got me a car to drive her — a Model T, of course,” Dunning recalled. “I could drive because I was used to driving all over our farm.”

Dunning still lives in the tidy Tudor house her mother built near downtown Plymouth in 1927, after they moved off the farm. Somewhere around World War II, she started collecting classic cars.

Dunning has a fondness for Caddys. Her daily drive is a silver 2003 Cadillac Seville. She also owns a two-tone 1975 Cadillac Eldorado in chocolate-brown and tan with matching tan convertible top, wide whitewalls and a steering wheel wrapped in faux leopard skin.

One car clearly close to her heart is a cream-and-black 1930 Packard Model 740 convertible. According to the ClassicCarZ website, Dunning bought the car in poor condition in 1949, had it fully restored and soon was the recipient of the first 100-point winner from the Classic Car Club of America. She took it on some hot laps this spring at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Video of Dunning’s laps made her a hit on YouTube.

Close to home, she’s been driving on Woodward each year for the Dream Cruise for more than a decade. Her usual Dream Cruise ride is the ’66 Cadillac DeVille.

“It’s all-original — all factory, right down to the exhaust,” and never been repainted, said Dan Clements, a Ford engineer who maintains Dunning’s collection.

“Got about 73,000 miles now, and she bought it with 29,000,” said Clements, 56, of South Lyon.

What keeps this dynamo running strong after more than a century? It might be her daily bowl of oatmeal. It can’t be the rest of her diet: friends say she shuns vegetables.

But part of how the never-married Dunning stays remarkably vigorous at her age, they say, is by nurturing her love of owning, driving and appreciating old cars, and by mixing with people who share that interest.

“At the car shows we go to, she’ll stand there all day, talking to anybody who comes along,” Clements said, after loading Dunning’s Packard into a trailer for a car show Saturday in Benton Harbor.

“And she does Woodward every year, her and my mother-in-law,” he added.

Dunning can’t imagine anyone who doesn’t get at least a tingle of excitement from the memory-triggering cultural history that’s revving on Woodward Avenue, she said.

“I think everybody has a car somewhere in their life, maybe their father’s car, or even a neighbor’s car from their childhood, that’s their dream car,” she said.

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Annual 4th of July Parade in Downtown Plymouth!

The 2013 Annual 4th of July Parade is coming the Downtown Plymouth for it’s 17th Anniversary appearance! The parade launched back in 1997!

Boldly stepping off down Main Street at the Recently adopted start time of 9am. Good Morning USA is the State of Michigan’s First 4th of July parade. This years theme is “Salute the Troops.”

Every year tens of thousands of excited spectators line up on curbs with lawn chairs, ladders. They climb up top roof tops and motor homes to get a better look at this amazing parade!

The 2013 Annual 4th of July Parade is poised and ready to continue its march into the hearts of spectators and into the ranks of premier Holiday Celebrations in Michigan!

Dick Scott Automotive Group is excited to be part of this years parade! We are looking forward to seeing the excitement and being part of this family fun community event!! We hope to see many of you there!!

Plymouth YMCA Father’s Day Run THIS SUNDAY!

June 16, 6-10 a.m.
Where: Streets of Plymouth


Sunday June 16, 2013

A great event for the entire family and the serious runner. The Annual Fathers Day Run offers a great experience for all ages.
Proceeds benefit the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, which drives our non-profit mission for Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.
A great event for the entire family and the serious runner. The 33nd annual Fathers Day Run offers an event for all ages. Kids Fun Runs, 1M Run/Walk, 5k Run/Walk, 10k and the MDG Triple (10.3 miles).

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It’s almost time for the 5th Annual Diva Day!!

It’s almost time for the 5th Annual Diva Day!!

Saturday, March 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The first 500 Divas will get free Hot Pink Boas! Come and do some spring shopping and get pampered. Little Divas and Diva Dogs are also welcome.

Downtown Plymouth boutiques, salons and restaurants will present special offers, unique refreshments, and chances to win Diva Day prizes. Bring your mother, daughter, aunt, sister, and all of your diva friends. Come and enjoy this special day of shopping and pampering. It will be DIVAliscious!

The event is free to attend. Look for the balloons. For more information call 734-453-1540 or visit

Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Winner of Best Oil Change Spot!

Thank You to all who took time to vote for Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for the Patch Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Oil Change Spot! All summer long Patch Readers have nominated and voted for their favorite local businesses in categories ranging from best burger to Best Park in Plymouth and Canton. Thanks to your votes Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram was the Winner!!

Click HERE to see the complete list of winners!

Old Village Restaurant Crawl in Plymouth Michigan is TONIGHT!

It’s that time again!! Time for the Old Village Restaurant Crawl!

TONIGHT, Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 from 5:30 – 8:30pm come on down to Old Village Plymouth and sample GREAT Food and Drink from Local Restaurants!!

This year’s participants include:
Hermann’s Old Towne Grille,
JoJo’s Treats N’ Sweets
Liberty Street Brewing Co.
Plymouth Fish & Seafood
Station 885
Jeff Zak Catering

Tickets are ONLY $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce office (850 W. Ann Arbor Trail) and at the participating restaurants.


Plymouth, MI – Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram helped raise $470 for Moraine Elementary School with Chrysler brand’s Drive for the Kids ™ program. The fundraising event was held on June 1, 2012 by the Moraine Elementary PTO.

Forty seven participants earned a $10 contribution to the school from Chrysler brand by taking a brief test drive in a Town & Country, the company’s award winning minivan. Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram supplied the vehicles, and volunteers from the dealership were on hand to assist in fundraising drives.

”Drive for the Kids ™ is a mutually beneficial program. We’re pleased to support our local schools, and enjoy demonstrating a terrific, world class product,” said Nichole Scott, Director of Dealership Operations at Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. “Parents are genuinely interested in testing our 2012 Chrysler Town & Country minivan with all the advanced safety, technology, and economy features; and we are happy to help raise extra dollars for the school. We all work together for the kids. Everyone has a great time!”

Chrysler supports schools in the communities where the company does business. Since 1993, when Chrysler introduced Drive for the Kids ™, Chrysler dealers have worked with parents and educators in communities across the nation. Chrysler has contributed over $4 million, directly to local schools, for student needs from playgrounds and field trips to reading programs and computers. Chrysler is proud of this tradition of community involvement. To learn more about Chrysler Group LLC, visit the website at, or visit your local Chrysler Dealership at

Old Village Yard & Trunk Sale Upcoming

Plymouth’s Historic Old Village area will once again be hosting its annual Yard and Trunk Sale event Saturday, April 28, 2012 8am-3pm. This has become known as the one of the best of the Detroit area multi-family sales. Over 25 homes and businesses participate.     You never know what bargains you might find in Old Village !


ALSO, in the parking lot of the Station 885 Restaurant is the Old Village Trunk Sale ! ANYONE can rent a car space there for $10 a space and sell household wares, collectables, antiques or whatever is legal to sell in Michigan. This part of the event is a fund raiser for the Old Village Association which promotes and helps beautify Old Village. To reserve spaces, email

Old Village is located North of Plymouth Rd, West of Haggerty Road, centered on Mill St and Starkweather Streets. Bring your friends and discover our shops and be sure to have lunch at one of our pubs or restaurants.

See the map of Old Village here: or just do a Google Search for “Old Village, Plymouth, Michigan” and we show up !

Start your “Sale-ing” at Station 885 (885 Starkweather St, next to the railroad) and get maps to all the homes there and at most of the sale locations. Coffee and donuts will be for sale at that location.

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Plymouth Community Garage Sales – May 12 and June 9, 2012!

The City of Plymouth Recreation Department will once again be putting together the Community Garage Sale.  Reserve a 10’x10′ space for $20.  Hurry space is limited!  Admission is free so if you are looking for something to by stop by the Plymouth Cultural Center!


It is Spring cleaning time!  Start gathering up all those items that you no longer need, use, or want.  Get a 10’x10’ spot inside the Plymouth Cultural Center Ice Arena, don’t worry the ice will be out, to sell everything and free up extra space in your house!  For $20 you can reserve your spot, but hurry space is limited! This year there are only two Garage Sales, May 12th and June 9th. Each sale runs from 9:00 – 2:00pm so if you do not need to sell but need to buy come to the Plymouth Cultural Center and pick up a hidden treasure.  Admission is free!  For more information call (734)455-6620, email Lauren at or visit

*No food or drinks can be sold.    *No weapons can be sold.
*We only provide the space, you must provide any tables, chairs, etc. that you may need.

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Dealer Concepts partners with Dick Scott Automotive Group for QR-code blitz

Dealer Concepts, a leader in providing innovative customer retention and marketing programs, today announced its partnership with Dick Scott Automotive Group of  Plymouth, Mich., to provide full-scale QR-code promotions at each of its dealer locations.

QR codes are a visual representation of a website address, YouTube video, Google Map, vCard, or links to social-media sites.  Dick Scott Automotive Group is one of Michigan’s first dealers to support this technology with a full-marketing campaign.  Each Dick Scott location will feature banners, loyalty cards, T-shirts, and cut-out displays featuring their custom QR code.  The dealership also plans to display a 10×10 QR code outside its Plymouth location.  The QR codes will direct consumers back to Dick Scott’s website for the latest offers and promotions.

“Since 70 percent of all phones sold today are Smart Phones, it makes good business sense for us to embrace this technology,” said Nichole Scott, director of operations, Dick Scott Automotive.  “Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for our customers to have access to the latest discounts and specials.  QR codes are the perfect solution. We are very excited about this promotion and committed to making it a success.”

Dick Scott selected marketing and retention leader Dealer Concepts as their partner for this project.  Dealer Concepts recently launched QR-etention® – a program that generates custom QR codes for automotive dealers.  QR codes can be featured on any marketing item, including Dealer Concepts’ award-winning loyalty key tag.  The goal of the program is drive consumers to the dealer’s website to help generate more leads, sales, service appointments and eventually more profits.

“Most dealers who use this technology just adapt black and white QR codes,” said Andy Wolfe, managing partner, Dealer Concepts.   “Dealer Concepts takes it to the next level by branding a QR code for each specific dealer.  Dick Scott Automotive is one of the first dealers we know of to take advantage of this concept.”

“There is energy and excitement again about the auto industry,” continued Wolfe.  “All of that translates into what we’re seeing at the dealership level.  Dealers are looking for new and innovative ways to attract and retain customers.  QR codes are the perfect solution –  it’s a fun and cost effective way to drive traffic to your website and ultimately increase sales.”


Founded in 2000, Dealer Concepts is operated by a staff with more than 85 years of combined experience in targeted marketing for automotive dealers.  The company provides innovative and timely customer retention and loyalty programs to more than 5,000 dealerships and service centers worldwide.  Dealer Concepts is committed to providing clients with a constant competitive advantage in the market place through products like the award winning Punch-A-Deal® Key Tag and Loyalty Rewards® software that currently has more than 18 million units in circulation.  To find out more about Dealer Concepts product and programs, please call 1-866-GET IDEAS or visit


Dick Scott Automotive Group is a family-owned group of dealerships that includes Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep in Plymouth; Dick Scott Motor Mall in Fowlerville; Dick Scott Nissan and Dick Scott Classic Motorcycles in Livonia.  To find out more about Dick Scott Automotive Group visit

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