Sunday, January 20, 2013
Get the scoop on hours, tickets, parking, what's on display, special events and more before you head downtown, Birmingham.
The 2013 North American International Auto opened to the public yesterday at the Cobo Center in Detroit and we've got the scoop on what you need to know before you go! More than 500 vehicles from Detroit automakers and other global manufacturers will be on display inside the renovated Cobo Center and 40 will make their global debut during the 24th annual event. (See the attached PDF for a map of exhibitors.)
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The Junior League of Birmingham will join SOAP, a nonprofit run by Birmingham native and human trafficking survivor Theresa Flores, during the 2013 North American International Auto Show.
When Theresa Flores was a teenager in Birmingham in the early 1980's, she was pretty, blond and ran on the track team during the day. And every night for two years, she was raped and tortured as part of a sex ring that Flores kept hidden from her friends, police and family. Now, Flores is joining forces with the Junior League of Birmingham this weekend to spread awareness about human trafficking ahead of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The Junior League will be working with Flores' nonprofit SOAP, or Save Our Adolecents from Prostitution. Volunteers will fan out across the city this Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. to distribute bars of soap to dozens of motels and hotels — places where pimps and traffickers often take their…
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Did you make it to the auto show this year? If you share a photo by 6 p.m. today, you'll have a chance to win a Patch T-shirt or hat.
You've been to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit; now it's time to dream. Whether it's a Mercedes or a Ford, chances are you had a favorite car (we wonder if this Bentley is a favorite of chef Wolfgang Puck?) And more than likely, you have a photo of yourself in front of that car to prove it. Patch wants to see your photos from the auto show, and we'll reward you for it. Upload your photos here all week long; after the show closes next Sunday night, we'll choose 20 photo contributors at random to receive a Patch T-shirt or Patch hat. Here are the details:
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Birmingham Patch gives you the scoop on hours, tickets, parking, what to see and more.
The North American International Auto Show is open to the public starting Saturday in Detroit and we've got the scoop on what you need to know before you go. More than 500 vehicles from exhibitors including hometown favorites General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, as well as more exotic auto manufacturers such as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Tesla will be on display (see attached PDF for Cobo Center exhibit map). For an in-depth sneak peek at the vehicles, check out the consumer guide over on The Detroit News' website. "It's a show comparable to Geneva," said Rod Alberts, who serves as the NAIAS executive director. "Don't take for granted that we have one of the best shows in the world right in our own back yard." When Where Why go …
Friday, January 13, 2012
Several Birmingham shops and boutiques played key roles in dressing those going to the North American International Auto Show's Charity Preview Gala on Friday.
The Charity Preview Gala for the North American International Auto Show is Friday night, and Birmingham retailers are helping Metro Detroiters get dressed. In an interview with the Detroit News, Tender co-owner Karen Daskas said she's been helping women from all over Detroit and the Metro area get ready for the gala. The Charity Preview Gala, which hopes to raise more than $3 million for children's charities, takes place from 6-9 p.m. Friday at the Cobo Center. Attendees will see new cars and trucks before the show officially opens to the public. Daskas — who won't sell the same dress to different women attending the same event — told the Detroit News that the rules for black-tie events are changing. No longer are women expected to wear …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Business columnist wants to lose 'North American' and identify the host city.
You've almost certainly heard or read "Detroit Auto Show" this week, and we bet not one friend, family member or colleague has said "North American International Auto Show." (Actually, it was tiring to just type that mouthful!) Now a veteran local business columnist says what many people likely think: Why not shorten the name? "It's time to rebrand the annual get-together [as] what it actually is: the Detroit International Auto Show," Daniel Howes writes today in The Detroit News. "Detroit and its annual auto show are established cornerstones of the global auto industry, and it's past time to say so, unambiguously." When he checked Google – where else? – the search engine showed nearly 6 million results for "north american international …
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Education Day visits will include conversations with industry professionals.
Picture a school field trip involving flashy cars, emerging technology and multimedia presentations. That's what hundreds of Southeast Michigan students, including some from Lake Orion High and Novi High, will experience Jan. 18 at Cobo Center in Detroit. Classes participating in the eighth annual Education Day program at the North American International Auto Show gain access to hands-on activities, career presentations and show tours led by engineers, designers and technicians. Students also will interview professionals for class projects and can meet representatives from six colleges – Oakland University, Lawrence Technological University, Wayne State, the College for Creative Studies, Michigan State and the University of Michigan. The …
Monday, January 9, 2012
Anti-drinking entries apply course skills for auto dealers' campaign.
High school filmmakers throughout Oakland County and the rest of Michigan are using video cameras and editing programs to create short, strong messages about underage drinking. Students are preparing half-minute entries for the 12th annual Courageous Persuaders contest, featuring $18,250 in scholarship money – mainly for Michigan teens. The campaign, which drew 743 entries last year, challenges students to write, shoot and produce public-service ads aimed at middle school viewers. Youngsters from that target age group help judge entries after the Feb. 9 submission deadline. "It takes courage for high school students to produce these sorts of messages" about health, safety and legal risks of drinking alcohol before age 21, says broadcast …
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Birmingham Patch will give you the scoop on hours, parking and what's new this year but, first, we want to know who from Birmingham will be participating in the big event.
The crown jewel in Detroit's calendar, the North American International Auto Show, kicks off next week and Birmingham Patch wants to hear from Birmingham residents who will be participating. Perhaps you helped design one of the vehicles, as this Berkley resident did? Maybe you know a student whose artwork will be part of the show like that of these high schoolers from Troy? Or, perhaps you have snagged much-coveted tickets to the charity preview? We want to hear about it! E-mail Birmingham Patch Editor Laura Houser at email@example.com to share your story. Stay tuned for a complete visitors' guide to the show — and feel free to drop us a line and let us know what you'd like to know before you go! When: press preview, Monday and …