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  • Event Title Hard Hats & Hot Dogs
  • Event Date(s) Saturday, September 28, 2019 (rain or shine) 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Event Location Hackett Auto Museum, 615 Hupp Ave, Jackson MI 49203
  • Event Description Enjoy free hard hat tours of the ongoing restoration and retrofitting of the historic Hackett Automobile plant in downtown Jackson. Guests will receive a historical narrated tour of the building, complete with historical photos and information about the people who designed, engineered and manufactured some of America's earliest automobiles. Hot dogs and refreshments will be available for purchase for a nominal fee. No RSVP necessary. Tours are on a first-come, first-served basis.

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  • Event Title Speaker Series: Jim Hinckley
  • Event Date(s) Saturday, October 12 at 6 p.m.
  • Event Location Hackett Auto Museum, 615 Hupp Avenue, Jackson
  • Event Description The Hackett Auto Museum Speaker Series continues with author Jim Hinckley, who will discuss how bathtubs, bicycles, Chevrolet and the birth of the auto industry trace their roots to Jackson, MI.

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  • Event Title Auto Heritage Bicycle Tour -- September
  • Event Date(s) September 21, 2019 10 a.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 Detroit-Hamtramck (Poletown) Assembly Plant, 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. Community Partner: Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Ride Distance: approximately 15 miles Tour price: $35.00 | with bike rental: $45.00 Max of 15 riders per tour

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  • Event Title MotorCities Automotive Heritage New Center Walking Tour -- September
  • Event Date(s) September 24, 2019 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Event Location TechTown- 440 Burroughs St., 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 with a visit into the Piquette Plant itself and speak with the innovators who now call these neighborhoods home. Stops include: Piquette Plant Milwaukee Junction neighborhood Pingree Detroit Woodward Retail Corridor and other new developments This tour series is generously sponsored by MotorCities Automotive Heritage Area. Tour begins promptly at 2:00pm. Please allow yourself a sufficient amount of time to find parking and arrive at the location. For groups of 10 or more, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for accommodations.

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  • Event Title Auto Heritage Bicycle Tour -- October
  • Event Date(s) October 6, 2019 10 a.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 Detroit-Hamtramck (Poletown) Assembly Plant, 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. Community Partner: Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Ride Distance: approximately 15 miles Tour price: $35.00 | with bike rental: $45.00 Max of 15 riders per tour

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  • Event Title Motor City Heritage Tour: From Tinkerers to Titans in the Auto Age
  • Event Date(s) Everyday, except Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Event Location Antique Touring Company, 461 Piquette Avenue, Detroit
  • Event Description Explore the "coming of age" story of the automobile during the first decades of the 20th Century from the vantage point of Detroit’s Woodward Corridor. Beginning in a forgotten industrial district called Milwaukee Junction, Tinkerers to Titans visits the seminal roots of iconic car companies such as Ford, Studebaker, EMF, Packard, Nash, Brush, Dodge, and Anderson Detroit Electric. From the Junction, the tour travels north to Highland Park where Ford Motor Company built the first automated assembly line. The tour wraps in the upscale neighborhood of Boston Edison where the early auto titans built their first mansions over 100 years ago.

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  • Event Title Detroit Historical Canal Tour
  • Event Date(s) Saturdays & Sundays
  • Event Location Grayhaven Mooring Facility, Detroit, Michigan
  • Event Description Paddling Time: 2 Hours, following 30 minutes of gear fitting and safety talk. Route Classification: Intermediate Paddle – Paddler should be comfortable in active water due to the potential paddling conditions, caused by wind and waves. Route: Paddle from Grayhaven Mooring Facility in protected canals to the where the Fisher Mansion is located. Then paddle up the Detroit River a short distance to what has been called the “Venice of Detroit”. Then the return trip to Grayhaven Mooring Facility downstream on the Detroit River. Meeting Location: Grayhaven Mooring Facility, Detroit, Michigan Requirements: All personal kayaks must be 12′ long or longer and have double bulkheads or be sit-on-tops. All paddlers must have a life jacket on and zipped for the duration of the paddle. We do not allow alcoholic beverages and we will not allow anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol to paddle. No smoking is allowed on our tours. These requirements are for your safety and the safety of the group. Minimum Age: 14 years old. 14 – 18 year olds must be accompanied with an adult on the water. Parking: At the launch site there is free parking in the secured gated area of Grayhaven Mooring Facility. Cost: $50 Per Person For Kayak Rental – All Riverside Kayak Connection kayaks for tours are single sit-inside kayaks. When registering please provide your height and weight so that we bring an appropriate kayak. $30 Per Person With Own Kayak – We require personal kayaks to be at least 12′ long and have double bulk-heads or be a sit-on-top. Information on bulkheads. Registration: All of our tours require pre-registration. Our tours frequently fill up so register early. If you would like to be on the wait list for a full tour please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Cancellation Policy: If for any reason you have to cancel your reservation or change the date of your booking, please call at least 48 hours prior to the tour for a full refund. If we have to cancel due to weather conditions we will offer a full refund or reschedule your reservation. Private Tours: We can also book private tours. Please contact us for availability.

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  • Event Title Detroit MotorCities Car Culture Tour
  • Event Date(s) The following Sundays from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. September 22; October 6, 20; November 10; December 15.
  • Event Location Meets at 1 Hart Plaza (by electric sign)
  • Event Description Detroit is called the "Motor City" for good reason. The city is synonymous with cars. Detroit put the world on wheels and totally revolutionized society. In fact, one can’t go very far in any direction without being reminded of this industry's enormous legacy, its continued presence, and the early pioneers who made it all happen. MotorCities Car Culture Tour covers significant and forgotten or little known Downtown and Midtown sites related to Detroit's automotive heritage. From the route Charles Brady King took when he drove the first car on the streets of Detroit to the birthplace of the Model T which changed the world, former Cass Avenue automobile dealerships - many selling cars whose names are unfamiliar today - which once dominated the Midtown area now occupied by trendy condos, restaurants, and retail shops to beautiful public art and architecture commissioned by wealthy industrialists or their heirs and much more. We'll talk about the role labor unions played in giving a voice to autoworkers and elevating the middle class into a powerful socio-economic demographic wielding incredible political and economic clout. Along our tour route, we'll encounter multiple examples of the ancillary new industries, organizations, and products the auto industry gave rise to such as lodging, insurance, travel clubs, car washes, the nation's first coast-to-coast highway organized here in Detroit, stop lights, concrete highways, etc. We'll see examples of massive culture shifts brought on by the auto industry such as a sense of self reliance and freedom once enjoyed primarily by the wealthy but now available to the masses, Sunday drives, affordable cars, one-stop-shopping, suburbanization, and more. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to rediscover Detroit's fascinating automotive heritage. This tour has been made possible in part by a grant from MotorCities National Heritage Area. Tour price includes transit tokens, admission to Ford Piquette Plant, and an early autoworkers favorite lunch - a coney dog and soft drink. Note: This is a walking tour with emphasis on walking although we do travel aboard the Detroit People Mover and QLine. Minimum attendees (4) are required for tour to be a go.Check your email or check back with City Tour Detroit 48 hours prior to tour for confirmation.

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  • Event Title 2019 Model T Birthday Car Show/Celebration
  • Event Date(s) Sunday, September 29, 2019 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Event Location Ford Piquette Ave Plant
  • Event Description Celebrate the Birthday of the Model T with free admission to the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, Milwaukee Junction car show, Model T rides, entertainment, children's activities and treats. Vendor booths and food truck available on site. Free admission that day for the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant provided by our generous sponsors. If you would like to help sponsor the event or want to enter a 1903-1947 Milwaukee Junction built car into the car show then please contact David Flatt, Executive Director, Ford Piquette Avenue Plant at 313.872.8759 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you are interested in registering on for the car show, then it is required that you use Eventbrite to sign up. Registration Ends September 23, 2019 at 6:00 PM This year we are opening the car show to Milwaukee Junction Automobiles up to 1947.

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  • Event Title Hauntings at the Hackett: Ghost Tours 2019
  • Event Date(s) Saturday, September 21, 2019
  • Event Location Hackett Auto Museum, 615 Hupp Avenue, Jackson, MI 49203
  • Event Description This is your chance to experience how paranormal investigations happen. Purchase of your ticket includes: Complimentary Ghost Hunter T-shirt Family Day Pass (up to 6 people) to the Hackett Auto Museum (valid from May 2020 - May 2021) Experience the rich automotive history of this historic Jackson landmark Take your own pictures with the Ghostbusters car (between 7pm - 9pm) Take your own pictures with the Scooby-Doo Mini-Mystery Machine van (7pm -9pm) Tickets are limited – make sure to purchase now as these sell out quickly! All proceeds benefit the Hackett Auto Museum and Foundation in restoration and preservation of the building. Must be 18 years or older to participate. No wheelchair access at this time while building is currently undergoing historic renovation and is an active construction site. Please dress accordingly, no open toed shoes permitted.

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  • Event Title Automotive Showplace: 1934 Chrysler Airflow Sedan
  • Event Date(s) Now through August 2020
  • 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 At The Intersection of I-496 & Oldsmoblie
  • Event Date(s) Monday, September 30, 2019 at 7 p.m.
  • Event Location R.E. Olds Transportation Museum, 240 Museum Drive, Lansing, MI 48933
  • Event Description Join the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum in a panel discussion about what was around before I-496 existed. Individuals featured will discuss what was happening around the area and what life was like back then. This event is free and open to the public; doors open at 6 p.m.

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  • Event Title Rebirth on the Rouge
  • Event Date(s) Sunday, September 29, 2019 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Event Location Carbon Athletics Club, 111 Gates Street, Detroit, MI 48209
  • Event Description Come down to the 100-year-old Carbon Athletics Club and hear about the history of design in this area, from the creation of Zug Island to the Ford Rouge Plant, and exciting new projects taking place up and down the Rouge River, such as the Rouge Water Trail, the Iron Belle Trail, Rouge Park and the Fort Street Bridge Park. The afternoon will include a visit to the site of the new Fort Street Bridge Park, followed by live music by local songwriters.

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  • Event Title Salem Area Historical Society Presents Dodge Brothers
  • Event Date(s) Wednesday, September 25, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Event Location Salem Area Historical Society, 7991 North Territorial Road, Plymouth, MI 48170
  • Event Description Ever wondered what life was like for the famous Dodge brothers, Horace and John Dodge? On Wednesday, September 25, at 7:30 p.m. The Salem Area Historical Society is hosting the event at South Salem Stone School, with discussion focused on the Dodge brother’s connection to key parts of the automotive industry and its history. Automotive writer Russell Doré, president of Northville-based Doré Productions will bring to life John and Horace Dodge, who were industrious, outspoken, and fun-loving. Find out the role that Henry Ford played in their lives. Learn how these machinists went from being parts suppliers to creating an automobile company which at one time was second only to the Ford Motor Company. Follow their lives from humble beginnings to a world of mansions and yachts. Find out how the company survived following their untimely deaths within months of each other. Learn why Walter Chrysler acquired the company, and how Dodge products became a key part of Chrysler and FC Automobiles. Understand the Dodge family involvement with Meadowbrook Hall, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Oakland University. Admission: Free for SAHS Members $2 for non-SAHS Members

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  • Event Title 10th Annual Fall Festival & Concours d’Elegance
  • Event Date(s) Friday, September 27, and Saturday September 28, 2019, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Event Location Gilmore Car Museum / Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum 6865 W Hickory Rd Hickory Corners, MI 49060
  • Event Description The Cadillac & LaSalle Club Museum’s 10th Annual Fall Festival & Concours d’Elegance will draw Cadillac and LaSalle owners and enthusiasts from across the country and beyond. Join the Gilmore Car Museum Friday and Saturday to see Cadillacs from its birth in 1903 to 2009. Thanks to Cadillac, it also includes the opportunity to see current year Cadillacs plus a pre-production model and learn about them from Cadillac Product Specialists.