Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise Announces Grand Marshal Dana DeCoster

Clinton Township resident and publisher of Cruis’ news Magazine honored at this year’s cruise

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI. – Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise committee members are excited to announce Dana DeCoster as the 2016 Grand Marshal of the Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise taking place Sunday, August 7, 2016.

Being in a classic car at a cruise is old hat for Dana DeCoster. This year’s Grand Marshal is a new resident to Clinton Township but grew up just over the border in Sterling Heights. DeCoster is one cruiser that is known throughout the state. As publisher of Cruis’news, DeCoster knows about each and every cruise or car show and he shows up with his famous green street signs that say “I cruised Gratiot Avenue” and his camera taking photos for the next issue.

Just over 20 years ago Dana had the idea to start a publication which would list upcoming classic car events and swap meets, and feature pictures of car buffs with their classics. His idea was easy for him since he was a graphic designer and a classic car buff himself. Knowing the only way people really learned about these events was from word of mouth and flyers left in vehicles, he saw the need and filled it. The first publication was in 1995 and was only 16 pages. It was distributed at car shows with a meager subscription base of 250 subscribers. Today’s magazine boast 108 pages with an average of 10,000 subscribers monthly. Dana, his wife Diane and their crew attend most events promoting the magazine and covering the event for upcoming issues. Each month cruisers wait by the mailbox in hopes the magazine might have a shot of their classic.

Dana will be leading the Cruise Parade in his completely stock, 389ci powered, white convertible 1964 Pontiac GTO (Motown’s first Muscle Car) that he has owned for a dozen years. Look for his customized Cruis’news work vehicle, a two-toned paint, nostalgic Challenger striped, Dodge Ram that has been lowered with body mods added, following behind in the parade. As he has done each year, he will be providing the famous street signs.

For the most up-to-date information on the Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise visit online at www.ctgratiotcruise.com.