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Browse destinations, activities or interests to plan your automotive heritage trip! With arts and entertainment, parks, gardens, cemeteries, libraries, archives, museums, historic homes, motor sports and roadside auto culture, there is truly something for everyone. Pick your places, pack up the car, put the pedal to the metal and explore the MotorCities! Explore MotorCities Button

 

MotorCities Cruise Club RESIZED 900

Introducing our new MotorCities Cruise Club!

Our next monthly Cruise Night hosted at a MotorCities partner attraction takes place Wednesday, August 17 at Ford House, 1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores from 4 - 8 p.m.

 

Each of these events is open to all cruisers, but membership has its privileges! 

Ford House will be open for self-guided tours, and Motor Cities members may also stroll the grounds and gardens. The Visitor Center exhibitions will also be open FREE to cruisers, and the Speedster counter in the Visitor Center will be open for drinks and dining al fresco. NOTE: Tours of the house require a separate ticket, available for purchase on site.

BECOME A MEMBER OF MOTORCITIES AND THE CRUISE CLUB by filling out the form at the bottom of this page! (Only MotorCities members can join the Cruise Club)* 


CURRENT MOTORCITIES MEMBERS -- You can join our exclusive MotorCities Cruise Club for just an additional $10/year by clicking here

 

Cruise Club benefits include the following:

  • Club sticker and card
  • Member/Club specific parking at each Cruise Club event
  • Admission to each museum hosting an event (day of event only) for the Cruise Club member and one guest. (NOTE: MotorCities Family Membership Holders can have their family admitted) 
  • A Raffle Ticket for an end of season drawing

 

2022 MotorCities Cruise Club Sponsors:

Gateway Classic Cars
Vanguard Motor Sales
Ford & Mercury Restorers Club of America


 

A complete list of benefits of MotorCities membership can be found  HERE
Shawn with NPS Director Charles Sams at Piquette 4 19 2022 CROPPED and RESIZED
As part of the observance of National Park Week, recently appointed National Park Service Director Charles Sams (pictured above with MotorCities Executive Director Shawn Pomaville-Size) visited Detroit on April 19, 2022 to announce a new first-of-its-kind partnership with the State of Michigan to collaborate on implementing safe, innovative technology to increase accessibility and equity in recreational and park settings. The announcement press conference was hosted by the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant.
 
Through this partnership, the five national parks located in Michigan will provide an environment to pilot these emerging mobility technologies that will help make national parks across the country safer, more equitable and accessible to residents and visitors alike. The partnership is part of a cross-departmental collaboration within the state of Michigan – including the Michigan Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, part of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Department of Labor and Economic Development (LEO), and the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification.
DIA Diego Rivera mural with members of the Hispanic Access Foundation CROPPED
 
In addition to the press conference and tour of the Ford Piquette facility, Sams also visited the Gateway to Freedom Underground Railroad monument at Hart Plaza, the Transcending Michigan Labor Legacy monument downtown, and the Diego Rivera Murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts (above).
 
Finally, he had a brief conversation with Pomaville-Size about his impressions of Detroit and the importance of MotorCities and the work of all our country's National Heritage Areas. To view the interview, click here, and to see a complete photo album of Sams' day in Detroit, click here.

Making Tracks chronicles the experience of African-Americans in the auto industry. As you explore the stories and support materials, please take time to reflect on the significant contributions over the last century of auto heritage. The individual profiles will highlight stories of ingenuity, creativity, leadership, and perseverance. Utilize the timeline and additional support materials as tools to gain more context about the time in which these events occurred and how they align with the national landscape.

 

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