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Tell us when you plan to visit the MotorCites National Heritage Area and we will find some possible events for you. We hope to see you soon!

 

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  • Event Title Wings and Wheels at Historic Willow Run
  • Event Date(s) Sunday, June 13, 2021 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Event Location Willow Run Airport, Ypsilanti, MI
  • Event Description Check out some historic aircraft and rare automobiles. This event will go on, rain or shine! Tickets purchased in advance $20.

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  • Event Title Automotive Showplace: 1934 Chrysler Airflow Sedan
  • Event Date(s) Now through 2020 (Extended due to the Pandemic)
  • Event Location Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit
  • Event Description Widely criticized when it debuted for its bold snub-nosed look, the Airflow is now revered by historians as a quintessential representative of an entire movement in automotive styling: but it is not just a great body design. It also possesses a myriad of noteworthy engineering advances under its Art Deco façade. Completely restored by the Chrysler Corporation in 1952, this vehicle was donated to the Detroit Historical Museum in 1959, with 28,443 original miles on it. It recently underwent a cosmetic restoration with support from the MotorCities National Heritage Area.

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  • Event Title All American Wayne Road Cruise
  • Event Date(s) Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 9 a.m.
  • Event Location Wayne Road in Westland
  • Event Description Car enthusiasts must put this event on their calendar! This event will be five miles of parties, car shows, and other community events. There will also be auto history displays throughout the five-mile stretch. This is a great event to enjoy food, family, friends, and car fanatics alike. The night will end with a concert and a drive-in movie.

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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 Interstates of Mind Exhibit
  • Event Date(s) Now through August 8, 2021
  • Event Location Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University
  • Event Description InterStates of Mind: Rewriting the Map of the United States in the Age of the Automobile traces the development of the automotive industry and interstate highway system through artworks from the early 1900s to the present. Situated at a crossroads of cultural contradictions, the show unpacks our fascination with the automobile and the different—at times competing—ideals that continue to shape our visions of America today. To accomplish this, the exhibition focuses on artwork from the MSU Broad collection presented alongside archival and other documentary materials to position the works within historical context.

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  • Event Title Michael Burton Exhibit
  • Event Date(s) Now through August 15, 2021
  • Event Location Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University
  • Event Description From an early age, Lansing native Michael Burton (1957–2016) was drawn to automobiles, literally and figuratively. He was fascinated by them and drew them night and day. By his adolescent years, he was a highly skilled draftsman and spent much of his time imagining the future of the automobile in colored pencils and markers. As the story goes, Burton even learned to read from reciting the letters and names of the cars rolling off the Oldsmobile production lines across from his childhood home. Fast forward a couple of decades, and Burton’s lifelong dream to become one of the industry’s top automotive designers not only came true, but he’d become the first Black designer to work for all three top US manufacturers: Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors (in that order). Burton’s career spanned nearly forty years, and the works in this exhibition present a focused selection of concept drawings from his time at Chrysler and GM, offering insight to the development of his signature designs. The show thus celebrates the incredible, groundbreaking career of this artist and visionary.

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  • Event Title Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City, 1950-2020
  • Event Date(s) Now through Sunday, June 27, 2021
  • Event Location Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Event Description Detroit designers have always led the way in car design. The futuristic concept cars, roaring muscle cars, and sleek racers designed in and around the city shape our ideas of what a car can be. Working on paper, in clay, and in metal, their ideas drive American car culture and inform the way we get around every day. This exhibition highlights the artistry and influence of Detroit car designers working between 1950 and the present day. It will bring together 12 coupes and sedans designed across that 70-year period to highlight significant achievements in style and technology.

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  • Event Title The Greatest Generation Corvette Exhibit
  • Event Date(s) Now through March 2022
  • Event Location Gilmore Car Museum
  • Event Description This exhibit features a dramatic presentation of Chevrolet Corvettes from all eight generations of GM’s legendary American sports car. Through the years, Corvettes have developed from early fiberglass-bodied roadsters with 150-horsepower inline six-cylinder engines and two-speed transmissions, to today’s fire-breathing, mid-engined C8 Corvettes with more than 600 horsepower and 200+ mile per hour top speeds.

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  • Event Title Racing at the Automotive Hall of Fame
  • Event Date(s) Thursday, June 10
  • Event Location Automotive Hall of Fame
  • Event Description This event will include race cars of every age and series, from a 1909 board track racer to state-of-the art IndyCars. Experience engine demos, children's car crafts, and food trucks. Explore the museum's display of vehicles from the Roush Collection and memorabilia from GM Global Director of Motorsports Herb Fishel. Enjoy a panel discussion with racing experts. Visit the auditorium for screenings of racing-themed films.

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  • Event Title Chevy Detroit Grand Prix
  • Event Date(s) June 11-13, 2021
  • Event Location Belle Isle, Detroit
  • Event Description Racing is back on Belle Isle! Visit the website for all the updated details and ticket information.

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  • Event Title Van Halen 2 Outdoor Concert
  • Event Date(s) Friday, June 25 at 8 p.m.
  • Event Location Gilmore Car Museum
  • Event Description Van Halen 2 will perform the unmistakable hits and incredible guitar solos made famous by American rock band Van Halen during the David Lee Roth era, from the mid-1970s through the mid-1980s. With an energetic live show, finger-tapping guitar solos, and rapid-fire double bass drum, the concert should be “guaranteed to satisfy” Van Halen fans ready to celebrate “summer nights.”

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  • Event Title Vintage Auto Festival
  • Event Date(s) Saturday, July 17, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Event Location Westland Historic Village
  • Event Description This show will feature up to 75 classic vehicles from 1931 and older.