Motor City revs up for big Auto Show
When it comes to planning an automotive-themed getaway, all roads lead to Detroit — the “Motor City.”
Highlighting annual events in this motor mecca is the world renowned North American International Auto Show revving up next week.
It attracts more than 800,000 people over nine days to view 750 vehicles and countless displays.
While in town, cruise over to the Henry Ford museum, tour auto baron homes and cap it off with a stay at Marriott’s Dearborn Inn built by Henry Ford.
The auto show from Jan. 14 to 22 at the Cobo Center is the place to see “next-generation automotive products and technologies.”
Among those is the new fifthgeneration Lexus flagship sedan said to have an extended “bold new look with a coupe-like silhouette” and premium rear-wheel drive “for a more dynamic experience on the road.”
There will be Disney Pixar sharing “an early sneak peek” at its next film Cars 3.
The AutoMobili-D showcase features a start-up expo of international companies “tackling every aspect of future automotive mobility,” said Sam Slaughter, show chair.
Some 1,500 workers have been transforming Cobo’s huge interior into this high-tech automotive showcase since October.
The night before the public show opens is the gala, black-tie Charity Preview on Jan. 13 to mingle, sip champagne and see the Beach Boys perform. Tickets are US$400 and support children’s charities.
Cobo Center is at 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit. Hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily (except 7 p.m. on Jan. 22). naias.com
Start your engines
They’ll be popping the hoods of 50 rare automobiles for a closer look at the Henry Ford museum in suburban Dearborn (20900 Oakwood Blvd.).
Engines Exposed from Jan. 14 to Feb. 28 will “share the insider’s story of this evolving technology.”
Visitors will discover the thinking behind how the most advanced hybrid and electric cars started more than a century ago and current innovations in self-driving autos will be explained.
There’s the 1919 Model T, which had Ford’s first electric starter, to the 500-horsepower 1967 Ford Mark IV Le Mans Race Car and the Goldenrod Land Speed Record Car on display.
The museum is packed with the “world’s premier auto collection” and presidential limousines including the one in which President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
It showcases American ideas and innovations, technological and social, that have “fired our imaginations and changed our lives.”
The museum also offers the Ford Rouge Factory Tour of the historic plant that was the birthplace of the Model A, V-8 engine, Mustang and Thunderbird, and where F-150 trucks are made today. thehenryford.org; 1-800-835-5237
Complete the auto-visit experience with a stay at the hotel that Henry built.
Ford opened his Dearborn Inn in 1931, a striking Georgian-style hotel across the street from his airport (now a Ford test track) on Oakwood Boulevard in Dearborn.
He commissioned famous architect Albert Kahn to design what became the world’s first airport hotel.
Now part of the Marriott chain, it has undergone expansions and multi- million- dollar renovations and is designated a National Historic Site. dearborninnmarriott.com (313) 271-2700
Left: The ornate lobby of Henry Ford’s Dearborn Inn.
Bottom: Writer Jim Fox sizes up a red Corvette convertible at the Detroit auto show gala.
Above: Henry Ford’s Dearborn Inn was said to be the world’s first airport hotel.