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Ford GT Display to Honor the Life & Legacy of
Car Enthusiast, Husband & Father Brian Trahey
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Brian Trahey loved cars, specifically Ford GTs. But, not as much as he loved his wife, Amy, and their two teenage sons, Quinn and Ty. The family worked and played together – showing off those Ford GTs over the years at various Cars & Coffee Grand Rapids events. Sadly, Brian died when he failed to surface during an underwater safety inspection of Adam Adam county on July 7, 2021. His Cars & Coffee friends decided the best way to honor his memory was with a special display at the Michigan International Auto Show, February 3-6.
The couple collected GTs – including a 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition and a 2019 Ford GT in “Epic Orange” – a color that was accidentally approved by Ford, as it is a Ford Heritage color. This approval of paint color elevates this supercar into a truly one-of-a-kind Ford GT that will never be replicated (per Ford executives). These two vehicles – along with a 1965 Ford GT40, owned by friend and fellow collector, Gus Meyjes of Cadillac, will be on display in the DeVos Place Grand Gallery.
“Nowhere in the country has a combination like this been put together in the same location, EVER, and this is about as special as it gets in honoring Brian’s life, his impact on our automotive community, and the people’s lives he touched by sharing his passion with us,” says Andy Siradakis, a personal friend of Brian’s, and founder of Cars and Coffee Grand Rapids and Exotic Motorsports facility, Label Motorsports. “This is only possible because of Brian’s passion and continued involvement in the automotive community and face to face connections that he made during his life. Another one of those connections is Gus with his 1965 Ford GT40. Gus has joined us on our private drives throughout the State and knew Brian personally and is providing his GT40 to honor Brian’s memory in our display creating a never-before-seen
trio of all generations of the Ford GT right here in Grand Rapids!”
A native of Howell, Brian played baseball for and graduated from Grand Valley State University before founding Trayco Properties and becoming a professional diver for Amy’s engineering group (amassing over 1,000 dives in his career). Amy (who is from Lansing) graduated with an engineering degree from the male-dominated Michigan Tech in Houghton and worked for the Michigan Department of Transportation before founding Great Lakes Engineering Group – which has since become an award-winning company – at the age of 28.
Brian and Amy also became autism advocates after their son, Quinn, was diagnosed with the disorder as an infant. Over the years, they’ve been active with the Autism Alliance, Autism Society of Michigan and Autism Society of America.
“One of Brian’s passions in life was the automotive hobby and culture, and in partnership with his wife and sons, we have assembled this very special display,” Siradakis says. “This once in a lifetime opportunity is our way of honoring Brian’s legacy and the passion that he had for sharing his love of vehicles with our West Michigan community. We hope people will come and see these cars, learn a bit about Brian and his family, and continue to remember that one of our close friends who is gone far too soon.”
The 24th Annual Michigan International Auto Show is presented by Gentex and hosted by the Grand Rapids New Car Dealers Association. It is one of 14 consumer expositions produced by ShowSpan, Inc., in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Founded in 1945, ShowSpan – a John D. Loeks / Studio C Company – has grown to be one of the largest producers of consumer shows in the Midwest.
Special Events – Wednesday, February 2
- 1-3pm – Media Preview
- 5:30-8:00pm – VIP Preview Party
Michigan International Auto Show: February 3-6, 2022
Thursday, February 3 11:00am – 9:30pm
Friday, February 4 11:00am – 9:30pm
Saturday, February 5 10:00am – 9:30pm
Sunday, February 6 10:00am – 5:00pm
FIRST RESPONDERS DAY: Thursday, February 3 (Opening Day) — FREE admission for active EMS, Fire, Police, Public Safety, Coast Guard and also active Military and retired Veterans who can show valid I.D., badge or other verification.
BUY TICKETS ONLINE (NO FEES): $12 adults, $5 children aged 6 to 14 (Kids 5 and under are admitted free).
PARKING: Take the complimentary trolley…just park in Dash Lot Area 9 on Seward ($2 total) and hop aboard the Trolley which will be making runs on an 8-minute loop beginning an hour before the show opens until an hour after the show closes each day.
There is also plenty of close by parking – beneath DeVos Place, across the street and connected by skywalk. For more information, click here.
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