Detroit police car show honors 2 cops killed on duty
Detroit — Motorists filled the Riverwalk parking lots Saturday for the first annual Showdown in Motown Car and Bike Show hosted by the Detroit Police Department.
Organizers said more than 400 new and classic vehicles registered for the competition. Judging categories included best cruiser, sport, custom, truck-van, sling shot, paint and best in show.
This event honors the families of two fallen and critically injured Detroit police officers. Proceeds from the $20 per vehicle registration will go to support those families.
"We wanted to hold this to give back to the families of those which we lost this year and we've received a lot of support," said Detroit Police Chief James Craig, who attended the event. "It's a legendary car show with a great turnout."
Officer Lawrence Smith said they're focusing on helping the families of Officer Darren Weathers, who died in a training accident, and Officer Glenn Doss Jr., who died after being shot in the head while responding to a domestic violence call. Both officers died in February at age 25.
"With this event we're bringing the community together and bridging that gap between police officers," said Smith. "What better way to do that than with giving back while honoring our officers and nice cars."
Lucas Waterman, from Indiana, said he had no idea he'd be competing in the show Saturday with his '57 Chevy truck. For his birthday, his brother who works in Detroit often, gave Waterman a few envelopes and sent him and his 4-year-old daughter Aubrey on a scavenger hunt vacation. The first address took him 200 miles to the Renaissance Center Marriott hotel, where they had a room pre-booked.
"The second envelope said get some breakfast and drive the truck to this lot, which I had no idea was the event, but now we're in the car show," said Waterman, 27. "It's a great surprise and we're having lots of fun."
The event featured a full range of family activities with face painting, food vendors and special guest YouTube sensation Corey Barrett of the Tall Guy Car Reviews channel, who co-hosted the event with Craig.
Dominic Rand, from Detroit, competed for best trucks and vans with his 1999 Chevy Van painted orange and a black 2008 Escalade, both with custom rims.
"I customized the cars around the Detroit rims, which I found at a pawn shop for about $750," said Rand, 34. "Happy to be here and support the officers and hope to take hope some trophies."
After the show all the cars in the lots are scheduled to cruise up Woodward to Palmer Park.