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Hot Rod Racing in the Detroit area c. 1953: Rare 8mm Film

April 24, 2013

First of all, we want to thank all of the new fans of Priceless Photo Preservation. The house-moving video featured on AnnArbor.com this week got more than 5,000 views in three days – and allowed us at Priceless Photo Preservation to grab a handful of new PPP Facebook fans to put us over the magical 100 threshold. We are both thankful and humbled by this show of appreciation for all the important work we do as an Ann Arbor partnership of professional archivists.

As we promised to many of our newest fans, we plan to soon show a few of the more interesting items we have preserved and converted over the last few months. The first is this remarkable 8mm color film of automobile racing in the Detroit area, c. 1953.

This is one of several films we digitized for Mason Bright, a Detroit native, former NASCAR driver and longtime member of the Motor City Modified Auto Club. Formed in 1948, the MMAC started as  a conglomeration of hot rod enthusiasts who used to gather at Detroit’s Northwestern Highway and (we think) Ypsilanti’s Willow Run Airport to race their cars.

This is one of four of Bright’s MMAC films we plan to post in the coming days. Besides plenty of racing action, we will see trophies, close-ups of members – and even a leaderboard or two. If you have any information to add, please leave it in the comments section below or at the YouTube video page.

This film was digitized by Priceless Photo Preservation, an Ann Arbor firm of U-M trained archivists devoted to helping families in southeast and west Michigan, as well as northwest Ohio, preserve and digitize their most precious memories. We work with slides, photos, photo albums, letters, videos and films.

We are now located at 122 South Main Street Suite 110 C inside downtown Ann Arbor’s historic Goodyear Building. We are open 10-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and weekends by appointment.

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