Unless you lived near a final assembly plant and its nearby auto hauler facility, you likely didn't see finished-auto haulers "roaring around Flint". They got on a peripheral highway as fast as possible to head for their destination.The trucks that "roared around Flint"--because they had lots of horsepower, weren't overly muffled to maximize that HP, and their drivers were encouraged to have a lead foot--were the somewhat similar rigs that hauled painted bodies from the body factories, like the Fisher plant on South Saginaw, to the final assembly plants.My Dad's store was located for a while at the corner of Lewis and Longway. Longway was a prime route for the Fisher Body rigs headed to and from Buick. Yes, they roared, and the drivers weren't particularly cautious about yellow lights either.
Yeah, I was thinking of the Fisher Body haulers that roared around Flint. And ran red lights and stop signs. And broke the speed limit. An endangered everyone around them.
One of the reasons I-75 was build was to enhance the route from Fisher Body to Buick Assembly. Those were the days. Car body carriers buzzing across town and waiting forever at railroad crossings.
We sure miss the tax revenue these industries brought to our cities. The good jobs too!
Thanks for commenting. You might enjoy my book about Flint called "Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City," a Michigan Notable Book for 2014 and a finalist for the 33rd Annual Northern California Book Award for Creative NonFiction. Filmmaker Michael Moore described Teardown as "a brilliant chronicle of the Mad Maxization of a once-great American city." More information about Teardown is available at www.teardownbook.com.