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RMs Silver Anniversary Event

Classic Rock Legend Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels Join a Cast Of Stars and Cars At RM 25th Anniversary Celebration - Chatham, Ontario –July 16-18

CHATHAM, Ontario, Canada (June 4, 2004) – What better way to celebrate a giant classic car anniversary, than with Detroit’s own classic rock legend, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels who will be performing on stage with special guests The KinTones on Friday, July 16, 2004 in Tecumseh Park, Chatham, Ontario.

The RM Classic Cars 25th Anniversary celebration, July 16 – 18, is expected to draw thousands of automobile enthusiasts from across North America and attract the international media spotlight to RM’s home community. The weekend long event will feature one of the country’s largest classic car shows, classic cruise night, a Concours d’Elegance, fashion shows, celebrity events, vintage auto seminars, tours of RM’s world-class restoration facilities, live entertainment and special celebrity guests. Proceeds from these events and sponsors will go towards youth charities in Chatham-Kent.

The unsung heart and soul of the Motor City rock & roll scene, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels' blue-eyed R&B attack boasted a gritty passion and incendiary energy matched by few artists. Backed by the peerless Detroit Wheels, Ryder reached the top of the rock charts with "Jenny Take a Ride", a frenzied combination of Little Richard's "Jenny Jenny" and Chuck Willis' "C.C. Rider," which remains one of the quintessential moments in rock and roll history. In the years following Mitch and crew would blast out more hits with their reading of "Little Latin Lupe Lu," "Sock It to Me Baby!", and scoring their biggest hit with the Top Five smash "Devil with a Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly."

For advance tickets for Mitch Ryder concert ($24 CDN includes taxes and fees.) and other 25th Anniversary weekend events call the Chatham Cultural Centre Box office toll-free at: 1-866-807-7770 All proceeds from events go toward youth charities in the community. Gates open at 7:00pm.

Also appearing over the weekend are other automotive luminaries such as Hollywood car customizer George Barris and the famous Batmobile collection, world champion racing legend Phil Hill, star of stage and screen Edward Herrmann, Autoweek Publisher Keith Crain, auction legend Dean Kruse, duPont Registry publisher Tom duPont, automotive specialties manufacturer Don Sommers and others.

From its humble beginnings as a small auto repair shop, to the international leader in the vintage automotive auction and restoration business, the RM group of companies have achieved phenomenal growth and an enviable reputation for delivering the world’s best vintage automobiles and services. RM continues to win accolades and awards from the most prestigious events in the vintage automobile market, giving the company more than enough reason to toast to its success.

RM Auctions, Inc., is the leader in the North American investment-grade collector car auction market. RM Auctions was recognized by Catalogo Bolaffi, an Italian-based catalog that tracks classic auto auction sales worldwide, for selling the top five autos based on hammer prices in 2002/2003 and six of the top ten. For additional information on RM Auctions Inc., please call (800) 211-4371 or visit the company web site at:

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