When the North American International Auto Show (aka The Detroit Auto Show) rolls into town each January, it’s an exciting time for all of us on the FamilyDealBlog.com team.

I mean who wouldn’t love the chance to walk countless miles in uncomfortable shoes while shooting videos and writing articles on some of the coolest cars in the world?

This year, however, was a little different because for the first time we were granted credentials so we could attend the Press Preview alongside the rest of the mainstream media.

I know what you’re thinking. You? Press? Ha! I know, I was just as surprised as you.

That being said, one of the vehicles I was looking forward to seeing and getting to know was the all-new 2016 Cadillac CTS-V.

Needless to say, after catching Cadillac’s press conference and speaking to Chief Executive Engineer, Dave Leone, I was left impressed with what the future holds for Cadillac.

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The following article about the LaFontaine Family Amphitheater opening in Milford this spring comes courtesy of the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Just in time for the new year, construction on Milford’s newest addition to Central Park, the LaFontaine Family Amphitheater is substantially complete.

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Nestled between the Village’s downtown shopping district and Southside neighborhoods, the new amphitheater will open with an inaugural concert in spring 2015.

“This has been an amazing and rewarding project,” said Joell Beether, executive director of the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce. “We are anxious for the amphitheater to open and for the community to enjoy the new venue.  We really are so thankful to all our generous donors, especially the LaFontaine Family, who went above and beyond to see that this project could be completed.”

LaFontaine Family Amphitheater Milford Central Park

More than $450,000 was raised through grants, private donation and in-kind services to complete the 3-phase project, including a $155,000 contribution from the LaFontaine Family.

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Today is Thursday so that can only mean one thing. Time to take a look at another piece of automotive advertising straight out of my personal vintage magazine collection.

As I was flipping through my mags looking for an interesting ad to share, I found what I was looking for in this ad for the 1975 Subaru GL Coupe.

1975 Subaru GL Coupe Vintage Magazine Ad

It’s not the flashiest ad in the world, heck it’s not even a color ad.

In today’s world of print advertising, this ad wouldn’t grab anyone’s attention, but back in 1975 it had enough to make an interested reader stop and check it out.

Set your Internet time machine back 40 years, and let’s take a look at this vintage magazine ad for the 1975 Subaru GL Coupe!

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Now that it is almost a month in to the New Year, I find myself constantly making excuses as to why I can’t make it to the gym.

With the short days and frigid temps, it’s very hard to get motivated to even want to go to the gym! But is that all that’s keeping me from working out?

14342123_lWhat’s keeping you from working out? Whether it’s too little time, not enough energy, or just hating to exercise, there’s a solution. Get ready to get motivated.

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The Truck Wars have been well underway for the past few years and there are no signs of the battle ending any time soon.

With ever evolving offerings from Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, Nissan, Ram and Toyota, the vehicles in the highly competitive pickup truck market are constantly slugging it out for segment domination.

2015 Ram 1500 Rebel Debuts at the Detroit Auto Show

Ram Trucks, fresh off a year which saw their over all sales increase by 24%, unveiled their latest weapon at the 2015 North American International Auto Show with the 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel.

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I wanted to talk some huge news in college football a few weeks ago, but due to some referee type issues during the Detroit Lions Playoff game vs the Dallas Cowboys I had to put it on the back burner.

Now that the dust has settled and Lions fans have come to the realization that the Lions season is over we can talk about one of the biggest stories locally and nationally in College Football.

That is the news that the University of Michigan hired Jim Harbaugh to become the next head coach of Michigan football.

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As soon as this was announced Michigan fans everywhere breathed a sigh of relief.

Being a Michigan fan myself and talking to my fellow Wolverines it was pretty clear that most fans weren’t going to be happy unless the University got Harbaugh.

Well, we got him and the effects of this hire have produced immediate buzz around the program and with potential recruits.

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Last week I introduced a new series for Throwback Thursday featuring automotive advertising from my personal vintage magazine collection.

For today’s edition, I picked out an ad for the 1985 Nissan King Cab 2+2 pickup truck.

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I like how Nissan uses a large visual to focus on the interior utility of the vehicle as a way to distinguish themselves from the competition.

Then in the ad copy, they get into the cold hard facts when you compare their truck to the offerings of the time from Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota.

So wind back the clock 30 years, and let’s take a look at this Nissan King Cab vintage magazine ad from 1985.

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When the 2015 North American International Auto Show (known as the Detroit Auto Show in these parts) opens to the public on January 17th, attendees will be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of vehicles that will be on display.

With so many cars, trucks and SUVs vying to capture your attention, it’s almost impossible to see them all in one day.

The last thing we want to happen is for you to go to the Auto Show and miss out on some of the coolest production and concept vehicles that are on display.

The FamilyDealBlog.com team was lucky enough to be invited to see the vehicles firsthand during the Auto Show Press Preview. After taking it all in, we’ve highlighted these nine vehicles that you’ll definitely want to check out when you head to Cobo for this year’s Detroit Auto Show.

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Going to the North American International Auto Show this January? Why not enter our Instagram Contest far a chance to win an Xbox One Entertainment System!

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How #TheFamilyDeal Instagram Contest Works

When you go to the Auto Show at Cobo Center, simply follow these steps to enter to win:

  • Follow our official Instagram account @LaFontaineAuto
  • Snap a selfie in front of your favorite vehicle
  • Tag your pic with #TheFamilyDeal as you post it to Instagram.

Once you do that, you’ll automatically be entered to win an Xbox One Entertainment System!

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As a person who has collected many things in his life, I have quite a bit of stuff stashed in the nooks and crannies of my home (much to my wife’s chagrin).

Amid the assortment of collected comic books, baseball cards and random childhood mementos is a fairly large collection of vintage magazines dating from the 1960’s through the 1990’s.

Vintage Magazine on Wooden TableWhile flipping through some of these old-school mags, I couldn’t help but notice all the different vintage car ads. Really cool car ads mind you. Especially the stuff from the 60’s and 70’s.

Not wanting to keep all this content to myself, I started carefully scanning some of these ads to share with you.

So each week on #ThrowbackThursday I’ll be sharing a new vintage car magazine ad so you get the chance to appreciate them like I do.

The first in this ongoing series is a colorful ad for the 1974 Jeep Renegade CJ-5. Check it out….

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