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Cascade, Mich. (WZZM) - Grand Opening ceremonies for this year's 28th Street Metro Cruise aren't scheduled until Saturday morning, but Thursday night people were getting ready at a party in Cascade.

"It's just a lot of fun," laughed Rose Smith, riding shotgun in her husband Dan's '57 Chevy.

Dozens of owners brought their classic vehicles to Pal's Diner at D&W Plaza in Cascade to celebrate the cars, music and culture of the 50's, 60's and 70's.

Visitors could also hang with Candy Clark, one of the stars from the film "American Graffiti", which premiered 40 years ago.

"Everybody loves the yellow hot rod that was like the star of the movie," says Clark. "And the original T-Bird. I think it grew the hobby of restoring and making a car look better than when it came off the assembly line."

Pal's Diner added to the atmosphere of the bygone era, serving malts and other vintage menu items.

"I have fun with it," says owner Barry Brown. "I'm just living the dream and keeping Pal's Diner alive."

The diner, the cars, rock and roll music and girls in poodle skirts were all intended to warm people up for this weekend's 15 mile 28th Street Metro Cruise.

"Just keeping the tradition going from that era, bringing it to my family so we don't lose that tradition," says self described car lover Chris Ragland.

"This is nostalgia," added Claude DeYoung, pointing to his 1956 Chevy Bel Air Wagon. "We are never going to lose this stuff."

Warm up activities continue Friday in Cascade and Wyoming.

Opening ceremonies for the 9th annual 28th Street Metro Cruise begin at 9:00 A.M Saturday.

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