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March 22, 2018

1968 Ford Galaxie Convertible Classic car raffle to benefit MotorCities National Heritage Area
Tickets available starting this weekend at Novi’s Hot Rod & Racing Expo

DETROIT -- Motorsports and hot rod enthusiasts visiting Booth 622 at the Hot Rod & Racing Expo at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. will have the first opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win a red 1968 Ford Galaxie Convertible.

The raffle tickets cost $10 each, and proceeds from the sale benefit the MotorCities National Heritage Area Partnership. The drawing of the winner will take place Saturday, September 15 during the Raffle Cruise event at the Westland Historic Village at 1 p.m. All taxes are due at the time of the title transfer.

Watch the website throughout the spring and summer for opportunities to pick up tickets at a variety of car shows, cruises and other events throughout the National Heritage Area, including the following:

  • Cruisin’ with the Classics at the Westland Friendship Center on Tuesday, May 15;
  • All American Cruise along Wayne Road in Westland on Saturday, July 14;
  • Cruisin’ with STEP (Services To Enhance Potential) on Venoy in Westland on Thursday, July 19;
  • Cruisin’ Garden City Park & Business Expo at Cherry Hill and Merriman on Monday, July 30;
  • Music in the Park at Garden City Park (Cherry Hill & Merriman) on Thursday, August 16;
  • Brews, Bumpers & Burlesque at the Token Lounge in Westland on Thursday, August 23;
  • Cruisin' Hines in Hines Park on Sunday, August 26
  • And many others.

The Galaxie, which features a Ford 390 V8 engine and automatic transmission, was donated by Karen Tafralian of Southfield, who was the third owner of the vehicle and purchased it in 2006 from a family in Ohio. She had always wanted a classic convertible and loved taking it to the Woodward Dream Cruise and car shows every year.

"It was just a fun car to enjoy summer with friends and family," Tafralian said. "When the weather was good, that top was coming down!"


About MotorCities NHA:
Headquartered in Detroit, the MotorCities National Heritage Area Partnership is a nonprofit corporation affiliated with the National Park Service that serves 16 counties representing a population of over 6.5 million. Its mission is to preserve, interpret and promote the region’s rich automotive and labor heritage. Regional programs inspire residents and visitors with an appreciation for how the automobile changed Michigan, the nation, and the world. Find MotorCities on the web at; also visit their Facebook page at and follow them on Twitter/Instagram: @MotorCities.

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