Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau Announces Autopalooza Lineup that Will Rev Up Southeast Michigan

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Autopalooza is a series of world-class automotive cruises, races and shows that take place all summer long around metro Detroit.

The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) and the MotorCities National Heritage Area announced the lineup of this year’s Autopalooza, a series of world-class automotive cruises, races and shows that take place all summer long around metro Detroit. Autopalooza 2013 sounds off with the highly anticipated Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, May 31-June 2, and will cross the finish line on Sept. 22 with the Orphan Car Show at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti.

The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix returns to the Motor City to feature the cars of the IZOD IndyCar Series, GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and Pirelli World Challenge Series. In partnership with MotorCity Casino Hotel, the Grand Prix will feature an entertainment stage with both local and national musical acts. Grand Prix will also include a “Comerica Bank Free Prix Day” on Friday, May 31, where race fans can enjoy free admission to see all of the racing series in action on the track.

“We’re extremely excited to host the return of Grand Prix to kick off Autopalooza,” says Executive VP and COO of the DMCVB Michael O’Callaghan. “This event has a hugely positive economic impact on metro Detroit. The DMCVB has calculated that the annual revenue generated from Autopalooza events continues to exceed $100 million.”

Other major events of Autopalooza include Eastpointe Gratiot Cruise, June 15 in Macomb County; Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Weekend, June 15-16 and Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Weekend, Aug. 17-18 in Brooklyn; Motor Muster, June 15-16 in Dearborn; EyesOn Design, June 16 in Grosse Pointe Shores; the Sloan Museum Auto Fair, June 22-23 in Flint; Cruisin’ Downriver, June 29 in southern Wayne County; RM Auctions Vintage Motor Cars, July 27 in Plymouth; Concours d’Elegance of America, July 28 in Plymouth; Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise, August 4 in Macomb County; Back to the Bricks Cruise Weekend, Aug. 13-17 in Flint; Cruisin’ Hines, Aug. 25 in Westland; and Old Car Festival, Sept. 7-8 in Dearborn.

"MotorCities is very proud to promote these events,” says Managing Director of MotorCities National Heritage Area Nancy Darga. “Each offers a unique presentation of our automotive heritage which shines a brighter light on our entire region.”

For information on all of the 2013 Autopalooza events, visit autopalooza.org.

The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to market and sell the metropolitan Detroit area on a worldwide basis as a destination for leisure and business travel including conventions, trade shows, corporate meetings, tours and incentive travel and as a film location to maximize additional visitors, visitor expenditures, state and local tax revenues and job opportunities.

More than 700 businesses are represented in the DMCVB's membership. The DMCVB was founded in 1896 as the world's first convention and visitors bureau. http://www.visitdetroit.com

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. The programs and activities of the MotorCities National Heritage Area are designed to increase tourism throughout the region; develop and deploy educational and informational programs that tell the story of the American automobile industry and labor in our region; and encourage revitalization through conservation. For more information, visit http://www.motorcities.org.

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