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August 16, 2012 - Image 61

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-08-16

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The number of Jewish cruisers
is a matter of debate, even among
Michael Surnow and Andy Adelson,
both of West Bloomfield, and Michael
Kunzman of Bloomfield Hills, who call
themselves, "Jews Who Cruise."
"How many Jewish guys do you
know who can work on a car?" asks
Says Adelson, "Compared to the gen-
eral population, we're rare, but there
are plenty of Jewish guys out there with
hot cars:'
They're not sure, but Surnow,

Meet three local car enthusiasts who'll be
motoring down Woodward this weekend.

Adelson and Kunzman think they may
be the only Jewish racers among the
regulars at Milan Dragway. And for the
three of them, the Dream Cruise is a
can't-miss happening and a true rite of
It's a trip down memory lane, when
old-time drive-ins and diners like Ted's,
the Totem Pole, the Varsity, Hollywood,
Wigwam and Suzie Q's were the places
for cool people and hot cars to be seen
on Woodward.
With the Dream Cruise just days
away, let's meet three "Jews Who

Allan Nahajewski I Special to the Jewish News

Cruiser: Michael Surnow
Age: 64
Home: West Bloomfield
Synagogue: Temple Israel
Occupation: commercial real
estate; owns the Surnow
Company in West Bloomfield
Cars: 1940 Willys, 1955 Chevy,
1965 Shelby Cobra, 1991
Mustang race car

Comments: "When I go cruising, I choose
my ride depending on the weather and my
mood — what I feel like driving that day. They're
completely different cars. It also depends on how

much stuff I need to schlep. My '55 Chevy can
hold a lot. The Cobra can't even hold a sandwich.
The Willys has a small trunk — I can put a few
things in there.
"It also depends on how much noise I want
to make. If I want a monster motor, I bring the
Willys. But I tend to rotate them all. It's like having
several kids; you can't favor one"
Which will it be for this Dream Cruise? "I
have no idea. I will decide that morning."
What got you started in cruising? "Here's the
thing, and this is typical for most guys my age. If
you go to car cruises, you'll see it's basically guys
around my age. I've thought about that, and the
reason is this: When we were 16-year-old kids,

Michael Surnow on page 57

Michael Kunzman in front of his 1932 Ford Roadster

For a complete schedule of Woodward
Dream Cruise events, go to www.
woodwarddreamcruise.com .

Michael Kunzman
Age: 70
Home: Bloomfield Hills
Synagogue: Temple
Shir Shalom
Occupation: manu-
facturers' representa-
tive, auto performance
products, owner of
Michael Kunzman and
Associates Inc. in Walled
Cars: "I have to take my
socks off to count my
cars. Let's see. I have
a 1932 Ford Roadster,
1933 Ford Sedan,1938
Ford Coupe, 1948
Cadillac Convertible,
1951 Mercury,1956
Chevy Convertible, 1966
Mustang,1966 Chevelle,
1971 Nova and a 2007
Shelby GT 500."

Michael Kunzman on page 57

chael Surnow of West Bloomfield in his i965 Shelby Cobra

- Andy Adelson with hi
1969 Mach 1 428.Supert
Andy Adelson
Cobra Jet Drag Pack
Age: 58
Home: West
Synagogue: Temple
Israel ("but I grew
up at Temple Beth
appraiser, estate
sale company owner,
Everything Goes
Estate Liquidations
Inc. in West
Cars: "I have five
now: a 1969 Mach
1 428 Super Cobra Jet Drag Pack Mustang; a 1972 Mach 1
Mustang – a 351 automatic; a 1972 Mach 1 R-Code HO Mustang;
a 1973 Pontiac Trans Am – a 455 4-speed; and a 1988 Mustang
GT Full Drag Race Car. It's for drag racing only. It has a full race
engine and transmission with nitrous oxide and a full race sus-
pension, fuel system and braking system, and a parachute."

Andy Adelson on page 57

August 16 2012


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