MotorCities National Heritage Area

MotorCities National Heritage Area is an affiliate of the National Park Service dedicated to preserving, interpreting and promoting the automotive and labor heritage of the State of Michigan. MotorCities was designated by U.S. Congress in 1998 to preserve the cultural and historic landscape associated with the automobile in Southeastern and Central Michigan.

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Dingell, Levin Introduce Legislation to Protect MotorCities National Heritage Area

MotorCities National Heritage Area has exciting news to share! Congressman John D. Dingell and Senator Carl Levin introduced the MotorCities National Heritage Area Extension Act, which would keep the Heritage Area from losing the authority to receive federal funding.

We thank Congressman Dingell and Senator Levin for this encouraging first step towards extension.

"Where In the World Are the Wayside Signs?"

Join in the fun as we feature some of the 250 Wayside Signs located throughout the MotorCities National Heritage Area.
Follow the clues to help figure out “Where in the World Are the Wayside Signs?” Each week between now and the New Year we’ll choose one sign and give you three clues to its location. At the end of the week, the location will be revealed and a winner will be drawn from among the correct responders. You could win a free, one-year membership to the MotorCities National Heritage Area!

2014 MotorCities Grant Program

Challenge Cost Share Program provides up to 20% match for projects. Projects can be phased over multiple years with a more complex funding strategy. Applicants must be Michigan based non-profits. They must become active members of MotorCities National Heritage Area and maintain membership for the duration of the grant award period. The next application deadline is February 2014.

The Plymouth XNR: Concept Car of 1960

The XNR was a remarkable show car that was introduced by the Chrysler Corporation in 1960. The name XNR was derived from the name of Mr. Virgil Exner, who was Chief Stylist of Chrysler design. Designed on a Plymouth Valiant chassis, the Plymouth XNR concept model was first introduced to the public on March 1, 1960. The styling theme was symmetrical, having the upper design feature off-center and in line with the driver. The concept model offered seating space for the driver and one passenger. It was 46 inches overall in height, had a 106.5” wheelbase, and was also powered by a Valiant slant six-horsepower engine. The model was produced in Italian Red and the body was skillfully built by hand.

Inaugural Michigan Auto Heritage Day

MotorCities National Heritage Area gathered with members of the community and leaders of the State legislative and executive bodies to kick off the first annual “Michigan Auto Heritage Day” on November 13, 2014 in Lansing Michigan.