Buick National Meet held in South Bend

South Bend, Ind. Well, this may be Studebaker nation but, just for this weekend, South Bend is turning into Buick nation.

That's because hundreds of Buicks are making their way into town for the city's first Buick National Meet.

More than 1,000 visitors are expected to take part in this five-day event, which starts Wednesday and runs until the 21.

And while this parking lot behind the Gillespie Conference Center looks a little empty it won't be by Saturday. They expect more than 500 Buicks of a wide variety of models and years to participate in the car show.

Along with the vehicles, vendors will also line the parking lot and conference rooms inside the center. Many selling car parts, others selling memorabilia.

But an event like this, of this size, is great not only for participants, but also for Michiana as a whole.

“It's the people you meet. It’s all about people. I work with people and as most of us do, but I also work for people and the car is nice, but the people are what really makes it,” said participant Brad Perkins.

"I think we could probably estimate the economic impact or visitor study of an event of this nature and this size to be nearly $1 million for our community," says the director of sales for Visit South Bend Mishawaka. "And that's money coming in from outside and into our community, so it’s a lot of jobs and it's a lot of excitement and fun for our community."

The car show is this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the conference center. All activities are free and open to the public.

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