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Summer, 2012. No. 9 is rolling again—from Glen Haven, down M-109 and onto M-22—as a featured part of Glen Arbor’s Fourth of July Parade. Frank is behind the wheel and he’s been tearing up since he drove past the Mobile pump in front of the old Sleeping Bear Dunesmobile office. Under its shiny hood, 9 is running like the fine-tuned machine she is.
But that, says Frank is not what he was thinking about as he drove past the cheering parade crowd—grinning at the callouts from people who remembered, or had heard of, the dunesmobile. No, Frank had history and connections and memories of people playing through his mind. “I thought about all the men who had driven this car. That’s what I thought about,” he says of that drive.