MotorCities National Heritage Area

August 31, 2021

The MotorCities National Heritage Area invites all auto history enthusiasts looking for a fun way to explore the amazing automotive attractions the region has to offer to participate in its first-ever #ExploreMotorCities Road Tour on Sunday, September 19 between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

“This event is a great way to have a little fun, while learning about our state’s history as the automotive capital of the world,” said Shawn Pomaville-Size, Executive Director of MotorCities.

Here's how the #ExploreMotorCities Road Tour works. First, pick up your MotorCities Passport book at any of our 11 participating southeast Michigan attractions. Those attractions include:

·        Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn;

·        Detroit Historical Museum;

·        Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit;

·        The Henry Ford in Dearborn;

·        Historic Fort Wayne in Detroit;

·        Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester;

·        Michigan Firehouse Museum in Ypsilanti;

·        Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society in Eastpointe;

·        Packard Proving Grounds in Shelby Township;

·        Plymouth Historical Museum;

·        and Yankee Air Museum in Belleville. 

Get your Passport stamped on the day of the event at any of the above attractions. Please note that registration for this event includes access to each attraction for the purpose of getting your stamp but does not necessarily guarantee free admission. Details on attractions offering free admission are on the event webpage.


Then, at 4 p.m., bring your Passport to our final stop, the Automotive Hall of Fame, and get entries in our prize drawing at 5 p.m. for every stamp in your book. Our Grand Prize is four passes to the American Speed Festival coming up September 30-October 3 at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac ($300 value). You will also enjoy music, a car show, and refreshments.

Groups pay $30 per car to participate in the #ExploreMotorCIties Road Tour. MotorCities and Hagerty members are $25. For more information and to register, visit

Please note that THIS EVENT IS NOT A RACE. Everyone is being given the same amount of time to visit sites and collect stamps in their passport book.


About MotorCities NHA:

Established in 1998 and 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 while enabling, supporting and respecting its diversity, equity and inclusion. Regional programs inspire residents and visitors with an appreciation for how the automobile changed Michigan, the nation, and the world. Each year, MotorCities generates $489.7 million in economic impact, supporting 5,343 jobs and producing $40 million in tax revenue in Michigan. Over its 22-year history, MotorCities has awarded more than 300 grants for a total investment in local programs of more than $1.6 million. Find MotorCities on the web at; also visit their Facebook page at and follow them on Twitter/Instagram: @MotorCities. DTE and Don Nicholson Enterprises are 2021 sponsors of MotorCities.