MotorCities National Heritage Area
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  • Event Title Eyes on Design Car Show
  • Event Date(s) Sunday, September 19, 2021 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Event Location Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI
  • Event Description Hundreds of classic and rare automobiles are showcased at this annual show. The vehicles are chosen for design rather than collectability. The 33rd annual EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition also is a benefit for the Henry Ford Health System's Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology. All EyesOn Design events provide financial support and raise awareness of the Institute’s important programs in research, education, and support for the visually impaired.

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  • Event Title Automotive Showplace: 1905 Cadillac "Osceola" Coupe
  • Event Date(s) Now through August 2022
  • Event Location Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit
  • Event Description This automobile was specially made for Henry M. Leland, general manager of Cadillac Motor Car Company. The car is the first Cadillac built with a fully enclosed body and was made under the supervision of Fred Fisher, one of the brothers who later founded Fisher Body. After leaving Cadillac, Leland went on to found the Lincoln Motor Company in 1917. Leland enjoyed this vehicle so much that it remained his personal runabout for years. He called it "Osceola" to honor a Florida Seminole chief he admired, but due to its unusual appearance, the rest of his family called it the "Old Plug Hat.” The vehicle is the best representation of a "horseless carriage" in the Detroit Historical Society collection and will be on display through Summer 2022.

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  • Event Title Driven to Win: Racing in America
  • Event Date(s) Now Open
  • Event Location Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation
  • Event Description Presented by General Motors, the first comprehensive exhibition covering various forms of American auto racing, including stock car, sports car, drag racing, Indy car, hill climb and land-speed racing, is now open in Dearborn. The 24,000 square-foot exhibit provides visitors an in-depth look at the people, the experiences, the culture, the spectacle, the risks and the innovations centered in the world of American auto sports.

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  • Event Title Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City, 1950-2020
  • Event Date(s) Now through Sunday, January 9, 2022
  • Event Location Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Event Description Detroit designers have always led the way in car design. The futuristic concept cars, roaring muscle cars, and sleek racers designed in and around the city shape our ideas of what a car can be. Working on paper, in clay, and in metal, their ideas drive American car culture and inform the way we get around every day. This exhibition highlights the artistry and influence of Detroit car designers working between 1950 and the present day. It will bring together 12 coupes and sedans designed across that 70-year period to highlight significant achievements in style and technology.

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  • Event Title The Greatest Generation Corvette Exhibit
  • Event Date(s) Now through March 2022
  • Event Location Gilmore Car Museum
  • Event Description This exhibit features a dramatic presentation of Chevrolet Corvettes from all eight generations of GM’s legendary American sports car. Through the years, Corvettes have developed from early fiberglass-bodied roadsters with 150-horsepower inline six-cylinder engines and two-speed transmissions, to today’s fire-breathing, mid-engined C8 Corvettes with more than 600 horsepower and 200+ mile per hour top speeds.

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  • Event Title American Speed Festival
  • Event Date(s) September 30 - October 3, 2021
  • Event Location M1 Concourse, Pontiac, MI
  • Event Description This inaugural event is a celebration of motorsports. The program will include 2 days at the speed ring and a 1 day exposition. Exhibitors will compete in 10 different classes at the M1 Speed Ring. The 1.5-mile M1 Concourse Champion Motor Speedway will showcase 60+ cars where fans can compare and experience just about every kind of race car there is. The spectacle includes everything from Can-Am to NASCAR, and more.

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  • Event Title Motor Bella
  • Event Date(s) September 23-26, 2021
  • Event Location M1 Concourse, Pontiac
  • Event Description Motor Bella is more than an auto show. It’s a journey, an experience and a tour through the ever-evolving world of mobility. Here you’ll be able to cruise in an autonomous electric car on a mile long track, take an exhilarating ride in a utility vehicle up rocky terrain, or feel the G’s of a sports car taking you from 0 to 60 in 3 seconds. And, yes, you can pick out your next new ride from over 600 cars, trucks and utility vehicles, too.

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  • Event Title MotorCities REO Town Walking Tour
  • Event Date(s) Available by Appointment
  • Event Location Capitol & Lenawee Streets, Lansing
  • Event Description Enjoy a walking tour of REO Town with our newest MotorCities tour operator partner, GLAD Tours. Tickets are available for $10. Before there was a REO Town, there was REO City. Take a walk down the main drag with GLAD Tours and see where Ransom Eli Olds started the auto industry.

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  • Event Title Body By Fisher Exhibit
  • Event Date(s) Now Open
  • Event Location Detroit Historical Museum
  • Event Description Out of the thousands of parts that make up a car, the body is the first thing we see. It is critical to safety, comfort, styling and corporate identity. Perhaps the most prominent auto body producer – Fisher Body Company – grew from a family business, operated by a close-knit group of brothers, into a central pillar of General Motors. From early enclosed car bodies through 1950s tailfins and beyond, “Body by Fisher” indicated a quality product, and their iconic coach emblem on every door sill was a reminder of that pedigree. Though Fisher was dissolved in the 1980s, the name endures through the company’s legacy, the family’s philanthropic efforts, and current ties to the industry.

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  • Event Title Exiled to Motown: A History of Japanese Americans in Detroit
  • Event Date(s) Now through Sunday, October 3, 2021
  • Event Location Detroit Historical Museum
  • Event Description Japanese Americans have been hard at work and play in the Detroit area for over a hundred years, finding ways to celebrate a distinctly Midwestern Japanese American culture while chasing American dreams. After being forcibly removed from the Pacific coast and imprisoned in the inland West during World War II, some Japanese Americans sought to begin life anew in cities far from home, like Detroit. There was a dark side to these Rustbelt refuges, however: The U.S. government felt that Japanese Americans would pose no threat to American society - and perhaps even assimilate completely - if they were scattered across the Midwest in numbers smaller than in the booming Japantowns of Seattle or California. Starting a new life in Detroit was supposed to mean starting life without a Japanese American community, and leaving that culture behind forever. Drawing on oral histories conducted by the Japanese American Citizen League Detroit Chapter as well as archival photographs, documents and family heirlooms lent by community members, Exiled To Motown delves into rich histories of labor, race and belonging in Detroit. From the Ford Motor Company to World War II, the murder of Vincent Chin and Japanese-Arab American solidarity in the wake of 9/11, Exiled To Motown sheds light on a little-known but critical piece of American history.

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  • Event Title Golden Memories Vintage Auto Gathering
  • Event Date(s) Sunday, September 19 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Event Location Flint Cultural Center
  • Event Description Enjoy a car show featuring vehicles who have celebrated their golden 50th anniversary, free for both car owners and eventgoers. This very special event is exclusively for original or authentically restored vehicles produced in 1971 or earlier. No visual modifications are allowed. Golden Memories is non-competitive, so there will be no judging; just a relaxing day with friends and fellow car enthusiasts who love well-preserved and restored automobiles.