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Belle Isle Art Fair, Guns N’ Roses, Motor City Car Crawl, and more things to do in metro Detroit this week

Select events happening in metro Detroit this week. Submit your events to metrotimes.com/calendar. Thurs. 8/5-Sun. 8/8: The Motor City is thirsty for cars. Not only is it impossible to get your hands on a new — or used — set of wheels, thanks to an international chip shortage, but we've also been deprived of popular events aimed at car enthusiasts, namely the North American International Auto Show, which has been canceled for the second year in a row. Fret not, as the Detroit Auto Dealers Association and the Downtown Detroit Partnership are teaming up to satisfy our need for speed, er, cars with the Motor City Car Crawl. Described as a sprawling, walkable, city-wide event, the Motor City Car Crawl will showcase new cars throughout the downtown area, including Beacon Park, Cadillac Square, Campus Martius, Spirit Plaza, Capitol Park, and Grand Circus Park. The event is free, however, there is a ticketed event on Saturday, Aug. 7 that will benefit eight local children's charities. —Jerilyn Jordan.
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Henry Ford hosts Blue Angels, Thunderbirds Aug. 6

The Henry Ford hosts U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, inside Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, thehenryford.org. The free event is a chance for the public to meet get autographs and pose for photos with the pilots and crew of the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds. The event is in partnership with the Yankee Air Museum (yankeeairmuseum.org), hosting Thunder Over Michigan 2021 on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7-8.
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Cruisin' in Carleton

The Carleton Annual Cruisin' for a Cause 2021 was a huge success. "What a day!" said Darlene Fante. "It was the biggest ever." The cruise had 85 cars registered and included a parade with many people driving classics. "We had the VFW represented, Yellow Jacket and so many more businesses...
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Motor City parks will be crawling with cars this weekend

The idea of a car party takes on new meaning as the first-ever Motor City Car Crawl parks in downtown Detroit this weekend. Running through Sunday, Aug. 8, the free event is co-sponsored by the Detroit Auto Dealers Partnership, the folks behind the on-hold North American International Auto Show, and the Downtown Detroit Association. It’s taking place in six city parks, including Campus Martius, Beacon Park, Grand Circus Park, Spirit Plaza and more, showcasing vehicles in all classes, including new hybrid and electric models.
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Motor City Car Crawl prepares to roll in 6 downtown Detroit parks

Detroit —If you've been in car withdrawal ever since the North American International Auto Show was canceled, take heart, Metro Detroit gearheads. Your chance to get up close with some new wheels will happen this weekend in downtown Detroit. The first ever Motor City Car Crawl event kicks off at...
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Ford posts 32% July sales slump as new-vehicle inventories dwindle

Ford Motor Co.'s new-vehicle sales in the U.S. slumped nearly 32% in July compared to the same period last year, reflecting the toll of a global computer chip shortage that has thrown a major wrench into auto production. The Dearborn automaker reported Wednesday that it sold 120,053 new vehicles in...
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This ‘Purple Chameleon’ is custom made

METRO DETROIT — Perhaps you have spotted David Young’s 1953 Ford F-100 pickup truck cruising around town. “It’s a one-of-a-kind,” the Berkley resident said. “There’s not another one like it. There’s so much custom work on here.”. The truck, which Young calls the “Purple Chameleon,” is a fixture at many...
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Lincoln and Shinola Team Up for a Luxurious One-of-a-Kind Aviator Concept

Detroit is back, again. The Lincoln Motor Company has paired up with Shinola to present a one-off concept car headed for the lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Aug. 15.  The exclusive Aviator SUV is fitted with colors and materials inspired by the watches, bags and bicycles made by Shinola in downtown Motown. “The craftsmanship really spoke to us as a design team,” says Kemal Curic, head of Lincoln design. “The attention to detail and things that are hand finished, those are the things really shared between the two brands.” Initially known for its quartz watches, Shinola has expanded into...
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Ziebart in Troy Expands Globally to Take Advantage of Rising Used Car Prices

Ziebart in Troy, a global leader in automotive aftermarket services, has signed multiple franchise agreements that will expand the brand’s footprint across the country and internationally. To support the demand, Ziebart has increased its field support at its world headquarters by adding to its franchise development, marketing, IT, and operations teams.
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GM truck production canceled again due to chip shortage

Detroit — General Motors Co.'s truck plants will again take a hit to production from the ongoing global chip shortage affecting the auto industry. The Detroit automaker confirmed Tuesday its heavy-duty Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra truck plant in Flint will go down the week of Aug. 9 along with its light-duty truck plants Silao Assembly in Mexico and Fort Wayne Assembly in Indiana. GM expects all three plants to resume full production Aug. 16.
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Kids and cars: Today's teens in no rush to start driving

DETROIT (AP) — Michael Andretti has a 21-year-old son with zero interest in obtaining a driver’s license. Rideshare apps get him where he wants to go. In New Jersey, the 16-year-old daughter of a local short track racer took a five-minute driving lesson on a golf cart through their yard before turning over the keys. “That's it, I'm done. Don't like it,” Kat Wilson told their father.
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New York Auto Show canceled; Metro Detroit event still on track

Detroit — New York International Automobile Show officials canceled the event out of COVID concerns Wednesday — just two weeks before its scheduled dates — but Metro Detroit's outdoor Motor Bella is still on track for next month. The Detroit Auto Dealers Association earlier this year canceled its North American...
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Detroit Three autoworkers to mask up again starting Wednesday

Detroit — Autoworkers at Detroit Three plants will have to wear masks again beginning Wednesday. The COVID-19 Joint Task Force with representatives from the union, Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and Stellantis NV have "determined that personnel will be required to wear masks at all plants, offices and warehouses, regardless of vaccination status," the group said in a statement.
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Barra: GM plans two new commercial emissions-free products

Detroit — General Motors Co. is planning to add two new commercial products to its portfolio as it embarks on its goal to have an emissions-free lineup by 2035, CEO Mary Barra revealed Wednesday during the automaker's earnings call. The first product is a full-size battery-electric cargo van, branded as...
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GM investing $55.5 million at Fort Wayne truck plant

Detroit — General Motors Co. is investing $55.5 million at its Fort Wayne, Indiana, assembly plant for future truck production, the automaker confirmed Tuesday. The Detroit automaker said its investment at Fort Wayne, where light-duty Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks are built, will "support new tooling and equipment needed for future production of our full-size trucks."