Mike Brazeau

Enthusiast and Product Expert

Biography: Born and raised in the Detroit area, I developed an early interest in the automotive field. Beginning with one of my first words being "car", to drawing cars in grade school, to building go carts in our suburban Detroit backyard, I would say I was pretty much self taught.

I purchased my first car (a convertible of a competitor) at the age of 16, only 5 days after receiving my driver’s license. I have owned nearly 100 vehicles over the 35 years since.

I worked as a draftsman at U.S. Steel while still in high school and attended Lawrence Institute of Technology for mechanical engineering, After trying numerous jobs including gas station attendant and machine operator making car parts, I purchased and operated a body shop. This got me started in collecting classic cars and related parts and accessories.

In 1996, I started with the GM Media Archive as a Product Expert and have been with them ever since. Working here has peaked my interest in not only the cars, but in the history and the people responsible for creating the companies. Being the son of a locomotive engineer, I also have an interest in trains along with motorcycles, boats and just about anything else mechanical, along with the history of its development. Having to identify GM products from many of the millions of negatives, prints, films and catalogs in our collection, I still learn something new every day.

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Mike Brazeau
General Motors Media Archive
Product Expert

Detroit, Michigan

Articles written by Mike Brazeau:
1949 Chevrolet Fleetline Deluxe
2008 GM Century Cruise/ Woodward Dream Cruise
Buick Model 10
The Electro-Motive Story
The Frigidaire Story
The General Motors EMD GP7 Locomotive
GMC Electrics: The Early Years
Rapid Trucks
Samson Tractors
The Suburban Story
The 3 Lives of the Impala
The Two Marquettes of General Motors
Woodward Cruising
Viking: Oldsmobile's Higher Priced Companion

Note: The initial experts for the Generations of GM Wiki were selected by General Motors based on their demonstrated knowledge of the company’s history. The 2008 inaugural team is composed of employees, retirees and associates.