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Detroit on wheels: check out some of Detroit's well-known celebrities, media figures and business people-and the cars they remember best.

Bill Bonds, media figure

Q. What's your favorite car?

A. Any American-made car.

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Q. What did you learn to drive in?

A. A four-door, dark blue Ford.

Sandy Pierce, Charter One Bank

Q. What's your favorite car?

A: 2011 Ford Explorer.

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Q. What kind of car did you learn to drive in?

A: 1972 Lincoln Continental Town Car.

Florine Mark, The WW Group, Inc.

Q. What's your favorite car?

A. I like the look of the Ford Mustang and the smooth ride of a Cadillac Escalade.

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Q. What did you learn to drive in?

A. Our family's four-door Chevrolet.

Dennis Archer, Dickinson Wright PLLC PLLC Professional Limited Liability Company
PLLC Polk Life and Learning Center (Bartow, FL)
PLLC Partners of Limited Liability Corporation
 

Q. What's your favorite car?

A. My 1982 candy apple red Candy Apple Red is a shade of red that was created by Joe Bailon in 1941.  Corvette corvette, small warship, classed between a frigate and a sloop-of-war. Corvettes usually were flush-decked and carried fewer than 28 guns. They were widely employed in escorting convoys and attacking merchant ships during the great naval wars of the late 18th and  - I still own it.

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Q. What did you learn to drive in?

A. A 1942 Hudson.

Robin Schwartz, Fox 2 News

While I don't have a specific favorite car out of all the makes and models on the road right now, I always stop and stare at the Lincoln MKX and the Jaguar XF. The Jag is sharp, sleek and has stunning lines! As a FOX reporter covering green, energy-saving initiatives, I'm also a fan of electric vehicles including the Chevy Volt and Tesla Roadster 2.5.

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I grew up riding in my parents' Mercury Montego MX Brougham (it was silver with burgundy interior). But when it was time for me to learn to drive, I hopped behind the wheel of my mom's late-1980's Buick Century station wagon (with wood paneling on the sides). What teenager really wants to drive mom's station wagon around town?! Actually, it was a good, safe car to learn the rules of the road. There was an extra seat in the "way back" which I used while driving a carpool car·pool  
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 of six kids to the summer camp where I worked.

Paul W. Smith Paul W. Smith is the morning drive-time host at Detroit, Michigan's WJR radio. As a clear channel on 760AM, WJR's broadcast can be heard throughout the Midwest and Smith's program is known throughout the region. , News/Talk 760 WJR WJR Woodcock Johnson-Revised  

I learned to drive in a 1970's Mercury Monterey ... a massive land yacht with a living room-sized, sofa-like front seat. I still miss the inward slanted rear window (rear "windshield"?) that would open and close with the flick of a switch on the dashboard.

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My favorite car? I love so many of them, it's impossible to pick just one.

Phil LeBeau, CNBC CNBC Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (artificial intelligence)
CNBC Consumer News and Business Channel
CNBC Congress of National Black Churches, Inc.
 

Q. What's your favorite car?

A. The Bugatti Veyron I had a chance to tool around in France a few years back.

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Q. What did you learn to drive in?

A. A late 70s model Buick LeSabre, a big ol' boat that provided plenty of great memories.

Devin Scillian, WDIV-TV, NBC NBC
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 Detroit

My favorite car will always be the first car that I could call my own-a white '72 Dodge Dart with a slant 6 and a black vinyl top. My girlfriend complained that the bench seat was horrendously uncomfortable, and starting the car on a cold day meant jamming a screwdriver into the carburetor. But it was all mine, the AM radio always managed to find a good country station somewhere, and that girlfriend is now my wife, Corey. Pretty good car, all in all.

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The car in which I learned to drive was a 1969 Cadillac Sedan DeVille. I think my parents were comforted by the acre of steel wrapped around me but also figured that if I could manage a yacht like that on the roads, smaller, more agile cars would be a snap. (Of course, it had a 375-horsepower V-8 that too easily became a jet on the highway, but let's keep that to ourselves.)

David Patrick Kelly, actor

Q. What's your favorite car?

A. Cars with hybrid technology, such as the Chevy Volt Or Ford Escape.

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Q. What did you learn to drive in?

A. A blue Ford Falcon.

Dave Coulier, actor

Q. What's your favorite car? A. 1959 Corvette.

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Q. What did you learn to drive in? A. A 1967 Plymouth Belvedere.

Ron Savage, Fox 2 News

My favorite car was a 1970 Mustang Mach 1. I bought it used. Ford Motor called the color Grabber Orange, but I called it, "give me a ticket orange." It was beautiful and loaded with a four-barrel carb, 351-cubic-inch Windsor motor with 290 horse. I even drove it in snow and that was always an adventure. I loved that car!

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I learned to drive in a 1966 Ford Country Squire The Ford Country Squire was a full-size station wagon built by the Ford Motor Company from 1950 until 1991; it was based on the Ford full-size car line available in each year.  nine-passenger station wagon (the family car). Dad always said I was driving too slowly, but when Mom was with me she would "work the brakes" on the floor of the passenger seat. Ford Motor called it Silver Blue, had a 289-cubic-inch V-8 with "three on the tree." I bought it from my parents for 80 bucks, and after 150 K miles, I won a heat when I drove it in the Demolition Derby at the Fowlerville Fair. Built Ford tough, that wagon was a tank!

Chris Osgood, Detroit Red Wings
For other uses of the name Red Wings, see Redwing (disambiguation).


The Detroit Red Wings are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit, Michigan.
 

Q. What's your favorite car?

A. 1967 Mustang Shelby GT.

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Q. What did you learn to drive in?

A. A brown 1982 Ford Pinto.

Debbie Dingell, D2 Strategies

Q. What's your favorite car?

A. 1970 Camaro; too many cars to pick from now.

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Q. What did you learn to drive in?

A. Orange bomb Malibu.

Matt Roush, The Great Lakes IT Report

My favorite car right now is the new Chevy Camaro. I just think it's better looking than either the new Mustang or the new Challenger. My wife and I went to Vegas last spring for our anniversary and rented one to drive to the Grand Canyon and just had a blast with it. Everywhere we went, people--men and women, young and old--stopped us to remark on how good looking it was. Plus it was a blast to drive and got nearly 30 mpg on the freeway. What's not to like?

But I bet it's not very good in the Michigan snow, so if I had a Camaro, I'd also buy an old beat-up Jeep for those snowy days.

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As for the car I learned to drive in, God help me, it was my mom's 1968 Chevy Nova. I learned to drive a manual transmission on an early 1960s Ford truck with "three on the tree"--it was a work truck at the YMCA YMCA
 in full Young Men's Christian Association

Nonsectarian, nonpolitical Christian lay movement that aims to develop high standards of Christian character among its members.
 summer camp, Camp Wakeshma, where I worked the summer I was 17.
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