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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


Many Voices, One Story

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We seek to represent the shared stories of how this region put the world on wheels across a diverse and inclusive range of people with a wide variety of backgrounds, languages and cultures.

As construction of the page continues, look for more content that reflects the diversity of the 10,000 square miles of the MotorCities National Heritage Area.  


Making Tracks Mast Head 900 pixel width updated Feb 2011 

Making Tracks

The auto industry provided a new opportunity for those who lived in Michigan, as well as those who traveled from near and far. looks back at the African American experience in the auto industry. This culture represented the migration of workers and families to the Motor Cities. Their work was hard, and their paths were not smooth. The website talks about adjustment to the north, the climate in their communities and treatment at their jobs. It also highlights the triumphs and tragedies of a people who contributed to building the auto industry. 

This video serves as a preview of the Making Tracks website and how the project came together.


Southwest Detroit Auto Heritage Guide masthead 5.7.20 

This part of the MotorCities website chronicles the auto legacy built by the diverse entrepreneurs, workers, businesses and unions of Southwest Detroit over more than a century. Learn more here.

10 Questions for UAW President Rory Gamble

UAW President Rory Gamble RESIZED

MotorCities recently had the opportunity to interview Rory Gamble, the first African American president of the United Auto Workers International Union, about his life and career for Black History Month 2021. Thanks to MotorCities board member Sandra Engle, Assistant Director of the UAW National Education Department, for her assistance. See the article here.

A Q & A with the UAW's Cindy Estrada

UAW.Cindy Estrada

For Women's History Month, MotorCities recently interviewed Cindy Estrada, a Vice President of the United Auto Workers International Union. Thanks again to MotorCities board member Sandra Engle for her assistance. See the article here.


The Spark Plug is InventedAfrican-American inventor Edmond Berger invented the precursor to the modern spark plug.

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Few sites in Southwest Detroit provide more insights into the city’s industrial evolution than those that were established on 46 acres south of Michigan Avenue. American Car and Foundry was one of the city’s early manufacturers of railroad freight cars. Although it evolved into one of the nation’s largest industrial trusts prior to the turn of the 20th century, its facilities were moved out of state in the course of consolidation. 

In 1919, General Motors began construction on the Cadillac production facility.  When completed in 1926, it was one of the most modern operations in the world − producing luxury automobiles for more than sixty years. In 1997, its operations and those of its sister Fisher Body Fleetwood plant were consolidated into the GM Hamtramck facility. General Motors and its partners then launched the development of the Clark Street Industrial Park, Vitec a minority owned supplier of plastic gas tanks was one of the early anchors and was recently acquired by Kautex / Textron. The Ideal Group led an effort to develop, with two other Hispanic owned businesses, the Hispanic Manufacturing Center on a portion of the site. The Guide hopes to highlight these firms in future posts.




General Motors Media Archives
Clark St Cadillac Assembly

Kel Keller
Clark Street Technology Park Entry