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  • Event Title Auto Heritage Bicycle Tour -- June
  • Event Date(s) Sunday, June 23, 2024 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Event Location Wheelhouse Detroit Bike Shop
  • Event Description Discover how Detroit became the center of the automotive industry on this tour. The tour takes in the Globe Building, Dequindre Cut, Packard Plant, the GM Detroit-Hamtramck (Poletown) Assembly Plant, Milwaukee Junction with a stop at the Piquette Plant, New Center (old GM Headquarters and Fisher Building) and TechTown, where we will learn how industry is evolving with advanced technology. On the return trip, we will pass the Michigan Theatre, the location of Ford’s original workshop, the Bagley Garage. This tour is conducted in partnership with Ford Piquette Avenue Plant and Motorcities.

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  • Event Title MotorCities Automotive Heritage New Center Walking Tour -- June
  • Event Date(s) Saturday, June 22, 2024 10:30 am - 12:30 p.m.
  • Event Location Milwaukee Cafe, 447 East Milwaukee Avenue, Detroit, MI
  • Event Description Although the Model T was famously produced off Woodward Avenue in Highland Park, the birthplace and ideation of the Model T happened right in Detroit's New Center and Milwaukee Junction neighborhoods. On this walking tour, we will experience the past, present and future of this iconic Detroit area, going back in time passing the historic Piquette Avenue Plant and other historic factories that are finding new purpose. This tour is generously sponsored by MotorCities National Heritage Area.

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  • Event Title Auto Heritage Bicycle Tour -- July
  • Event Date(s) Sunday, July 28, 2024 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Event Location Wheelhouse Detroit Bike Shop
  • Event Description Discover how Detroit became the center of industry on this tour. The tour takes in the Globe Building, Dequindre Cut, Packard Plant, the GM Factory Zero (formerly Detroit-Hamtramck), Milwaukee Junction, New Center (old GM Headquarters and Fisher Building), and TechTown, where we will learn how industry is evolving with advanced technology. On the return trip, we will pass the Michigan Theatre, the location of Ford’s original workshop, the Bagley Garage. This tour includes an extended stop with a docent-led tour of the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant.

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  • Event Title Motor Muster
  • Event Date(s) June 15-16, 2024
  • Event Location Greenfield Village, Dearborn
  • Event Description Kick summer into high gear this Father’s Day weekend in Greenfield Village. Motor Muster, one of the country’s most important historic vehicle shows, transports you to the golden eras of car culture. Cruise through an unparalleled collection of historic vehicles for a rare opportunity to step inside immersive vignettes from five of the American auto revolution’s most formative decades. From the lean Depression-era ‘30s and the American home front during World War II to the futuristic ‘50s, revolutionary ‘60s and bicentennial ‘70s, get a unique perspective on American culture through the lens of what we drove. From luxury vehicles to gritty muscle cars, every automobile has been carefully chosen to guide you through a unique story of American drive. Plan to stay late on Saturday night for live music from Classic Gold. New in 2024, the Chrysler name first appeared on radiator badges in 1924, and the company introduced its Mopar brand of motor parts and accessories in the 1930s. By the 1970s, Mopar was synonymous with a long line of high-performance automobiles built by the Chrysler family of makes, from Letter Series cars and Fireflites to Chargers and 'Cudas. For 2024, Motor Muster celebrates Chrysler's centennial with a spotlight on Mopar Muscle, featuring performance cars from Chrysler, DeSoto, Dodge and Plymouth. It's a legacy of superb engineering, innovative design and matchless style.

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  • Event Title Automotive Showplace: 1975 AMC Pacer D/L
  • Event Date(s) Spring of 2024
  • Event Location Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit
  • Event Description This AMC Pacer was built for Dick Teague, the head of the American Motors Corporation (AMC) styling in 1975. The AMC Pacer project began in 1971 with a clean drawing board and ended with the “Hottest Car of 1975.” The Pacer was a new design on smaller compact cars of the 1970s and was made for its roominess, nearly as wide as a contemporary Cadillac Eldorado. The Pacer’s unique windows also provided passengers with near panoramic views from any seat in the car and helped fight small-car claustrophobia.

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  • Event Title Driven to Win: Racing in America
  • Event Date(s) Now Open
  • Event Location Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation
  • Event Description Presented by General Motors, the first comprehensive exhibition covering various forms of American auto racing, including stock car, sports car, drag racing, Indy car, hill climb and land-speed racing, is now open in Dearborn. The 24,000 square-foot exhibit provides visitors an in-depth look at the people, the experiences, the culture, the spectacle, the risks and the innovations centered in the world of American auto sports.

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  • Event Title Body By Fisher Exhibit
  • Event Date(s) Now Open
  • Event Location Detroit Historical Museum
  • Event Description Out of the thousands of parts that make up a car, the body is the first thing we see. It is critical to safety, comfort, styling and corporate identity. Perhaps the most prominent auto body producer – Fisher Body Company – grew from a family business, operated by a close-knit group of brothers, into a central pillar of General Motors. From early enclosed car bodies through 1950s tailfins and beyond, “Body by Fisher” indicated a quality product, and their iconic coach emblem on every door sill was a reminder of that pedigree. Though Fisher was dissolved in the 1980s, the name endures through the company’s legacy, the family’s philanthropic efforts, and current ties to the industry.

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  • Event Title Achievement: African Americans' Accomplishments & Contributions in Automotive Exhibit
  • Event Date(s) On Display Now!
  • Event Location Automotive Hall of Fame, Dearborn, MI
  • Event Description The contributions Black Americans have made to the automotive industry have not been celebrated or even fully captured and shared. Very little effort has even been made to conduct the required research to identify the individuals, much less curate an exhibit on their accomplishments. The Automotive Hall of Fame recognizes that these are important stories that need to be told.

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  • Event Title Air-Cooled Gathering Car Show
  • Event Date(s) Saturday, June 15, 2024 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Event Location Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners, MI
  • Event Description Join the Gilmore Car Museum for their annual Air-Cooled Gathering car show. This car show will feature rare, air-cooled cars including early examples of Franklins, Frayer-Miller, and Homes as well as VW, Corvair, Tatra, Porsche, Citroen and more! The car show is presented by the H.H. Franklin Collection which will be displayed in the vintage Franklin Motors dealership on the Museum’s campus.

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  • Event Title Track Day at GingerMan Raceway
  • Event Date(s) Thursday, June 20th, 2024 8 AM - 3 PM
  • Event Location GingerMan Raceway, South Haven, MI
  • Event Description Come to GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Michigan, for a special fundraiser event for the Gilmore Car Museum. Sure, to be an exciting day, experience driving your vehicle on the GingerMan Raceway located on more than 300 acres. GingerMan Raceway is one of the safest tracks in the country and the safest track in the region. Whether it’s’ your first time learning your car’s capabilities, or another opportunity to further hone your skills with your vehicle, this track day is accommodating for all experience levels and is surely one you will not want to miss out on. Lunch will be catered by Q It Up Catering and entry will include a Swag Bag valued at $100. All proceeds will benefit the Gilmore Car Museum’s mission to tell the history of America through the automobile.

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  • Event Title Motor City Origins Tour
  • Event Date(s) Friday, June 14th, 2024 5:30 p.m.
  • Event Location Ford Piquette Plant, Detroit, MI
  • Event Description The Ford Piquette Plant will host a history on the importance of the Milwaukee Junction neighborhood to the beginnings of the automotive industry. Milwaukee Junction, just east of the New Center, had automakers including Ford, Dodge, Cadillac, Studebaker, Anderson Electric and others, laid the foundation for Detroit becoming the automotive capital of the world. This event will take place at the museum and includes a complimentary crostini bar, followed by a theater presentation of the history of the area. Guests are then invited to enjoy a deep dive into the museum’s collection of rare antique vehicles all made in Milwaukee Junction. Tickets are $30 per person or $25 for museum members.

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  • Event Title Automotive Festival
  • Event Date(s) Sunday, August 4th, 2024 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Event Location Columbia Center, Troy, MI
  • Event Description Troy’s premier automotive festival the 16th Annual Troy Traffic Jam will be held on Sunday, August 4th from 10 am to 3 pm. This automotive festival will feature legacy vehicles, favorite classics, and high-end exotics for everyone to enjoy! This year the Troy Traffic Jam will be celebrating two notable automotive anniversaries: the 60th anniversary of the GTO and the 60th anniversary of the Mustang! There will be lots of events for everyone at the Troy Traffic Jam including pedal car races for younger car enthusiasts, Tech Talks with leading designers, and demonstrations from local robotics teams. This event is Free to the public and registration to show your vehicle is $25 in advance or $30 at the festival.

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  • Event Title EyesOn Design 2024
  • Event Date(s) Sunday, June 16th, 2024 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Event Location The Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI
  • Event Description A Father’s Day Tradition returns, the Ford House will be hosting its annual EyesOn Design on June 16th. Thousands of automotive fans will travel to the idyllic home of Edsel and Eleanor Ford for EyesOn Design, organized around an annual design theme, vehicle owners are encouraged to bring and show their rolling sculptures with the world. Judging of the vehicles will be predominately conducted by automotive designers using professional design criteria, unlike a concours d’elegance event where the judging is based on restoration or authenticity. This event will attract some of the world’s leading designers, collectors, and fans for an unmatched day. EyesOn Design supports the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology.

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  • Event Title Car Show and SWAP Meet
  • Event Date(s) Saturday, June 22, 2024 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Event Location Riverside Park, Ypsilanti, MI
  • Event Description The REO Club of America celebrates its 50th anniversary in Ypsilanti! Head to Riverside Park for the ultimate meet and greet event. Come see the cars and trucks of the REO Motor Car Company and Diamond REO in scenic Riverside Park, adjacent to historic Depot Town. See REO Fire truck pumping demonstrations. Admission is free.

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  • Event Title Car Show and SWAP Meet
  • Event Date(s) Saturday, June 15, 2024 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Event Location Auto-Owners Insurance National Headquarters, Lansing, MI
  • Event Description The R.E. Olds Chapter of the Oldsmobile Club of America will be hosting its 30th anniversary homecoming event in Lansing. The featured car this year will be the Oldsmobile 442's. Special recognition gifts will be presented to the first 500 show cars and 100 vendors.

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  • Event Title Volvos and Saabs Car Show
  • Event Date(s) Saturday, June 15th, 2024 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Event Location Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners, MI
  • Event Description The Great Lakes Chapter of the Volvo Club of America (VCOA) will host a Volvo mee at the Gilmore Car Museum. The Volvo Club of America sanctions this bi-annual meeting. The car meet features some of the finest vintage, performance, and newer Volvos in the region. This weekend will be special at the Gilmore as the air-cooled car show is also going on during the Volvo show and for the first time, we will partner with fellow Swedish Car enthusiasts who belong to the West Michigan SAAB Owner’s Group.