Motor City Car Crawl Prepares To Ride Through 6 Downtown Detroit Parks
Detroit –If you’ve been on the road since the cancellation of the North American International Auto Show, rest assured, Metro Detroit reducers. Your chance to get up close to new wheels will take place this weekend in downtown Detroit.
The first-ever Motor City Car Crawl event kicks off Thursday at noon with vehicle displays at six downtown parks, entertainment and plenty of food truck options.
The Car Crawl, hosted by the Detroit Auto Dealers Association with the Downtown Detroit Partnership, will feature around 50 vehicles, including the latest from Ford Motor Co. and Stellantis NV, maker of Jeeps to Ram trucks, General Motors Co. and Toyota Motor. Corp.
“It’s community driven and we just want people from the area to come… and celebrate Detroit and who we are,” said Rod Alberts, executive director of DADA. “We are having a party for the community.”
Six downtown parks – Spirit of Detroit Plaza, Campus Martius, Capital Park, Grand Circus Park, DTE Beacon Park, and Cadillac Square – will all be part of the event, which is free to the public except for a Saturday night charity gala with singer Cheryl Crow at Campus Martius.
Eric Larson, CEO of the Downtown Detroit Partnership, expects the Motor City Car Crawl will likely draw the largest downtown crowds since pre-COVID. The biggest event before that was the Grand Prix at Belle Isle over Memorial Day weekend.
“Over the course of the four days it will go beyond that and have a huge positive impact,” Larson said.
And part of that positive impact will be on local businesses and restaurants, which are gearing up for a busy weekend.
Scott LePage, the owner of Lumen in Beacon Park, admits he was a little anxious when he first heard about Car Crawl. Staffing continued to be a problem at the restaurant, but he’s called his other restaurants – Big Rock Chophouse and Griffin Claw Brewing Company in Birmingham – looking for volunteers for the weekend and he’s ready.
Lumen was preparing Beacon Park for concerts every season before COVID.
“We haven’t had to do this for so long,” said LePage. “Sometimes it’s as simple as’ Have we got enough ice? We will get out of this. We’re really excited – once the anxiety is gone. “
Consumers will have the chance to see the new vehicles up close after a year of virtual disclosures and canceled auto shows during the pandemic.
Cadillac Square will have global brands represented, including the new Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado LTZ, Cadillac Escalade and Toyota Camry.
On the Martius Campus, racing vehicles, including the Formula 1 Detroit Grand Prix and the Michigan International Speedway Pace Car, will be on display.
Capital Park is the luxury zone with the Jeep GC L (summit reserve size), F-150 Platinum, and GT500.
DTE Beacon Park showcases electric vehicles including the Pacifica Hybrid, Wrangler 4xe, Ford F-150 Hybrid, Mustang Mach-E, and Toyota Rav4 Hybrid.
Grand Circus will house all-terrain vehicles with several Stellantis products on display, including the TRX, Ram trucks and Jeeps. The new Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport and GM’s GMC AT4 Canyon will also be on display. Toyota will be represented with the Tacoma TRD Pro, Tundra TRD Pro and 4Runner TRD Pro.
GM will also have the Chevrolet Camaro SS and the Chevrolet Bolt EV at Spirit Plaza.
Product specialists will be in the parks to answer questions.
Food trucks galore
There will be a mix of trucks in all six parks during the crawl.
Planned trucks include: Detroit’s Original Seafood Company, Los Dos Amigos, The Wizard Truck, Big Bo’s Grill, Impastato, Curbside 313, Motor City Sweet Treats, Milk and Froth Ice Cream, Aruba Freeze, and LA’s Lemonade.
Jamie Lara of Los Dos Amigos Taco Track in southwest Detroit said they were planning a busy weekend. They will be shooting in all the parks – Thursday at Cadillac Square; Friday at Spirit Plaza; Saturday at Cadillac Square; and Sundays at Beacon Park – serving a mix of tacos, quesadillas, burritos, chips, salsa and guacamole.
“It should be a good time from start to finish,” said Lara.
Lumen’s LePage in Beacon Park, meanwhile, said that in addition to the dinner service at the restaurant – they don’t have enough staff right now to offer lunch as well – they will also have a bar set up at the restaurant. Beacon Park which will operate throughout the weekend. He suggests people make reservations – although patio seating is first come, first served – and plan ahead.
“They’re closing Plaza Street,” LePage said. “We have two parking lots right behind us – and we will be controlled by our valet. And there is the DTE parking lot next to our first street. “
The Motor City Car Crawl will also offer a mix of entertainment.
R&B artist Lucky Daye will be giving a free concert Friday at Beacon Park. The opening acts begin at 6.30 p.m.
The Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra, meanwhile, will perform at Campus Martius Park from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. After the performance there will be a family movie night of the animated film “Cars 2” with free popcorn and other goodies.
There will also be other family events taking place at the Car Crawl.
In Spirit Plaza, the Detroit Pistons will have an interactive activation that includes free gifts for children.
A cornhole competition is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Beacon Park.
Saturday is “Family Fun Day” at Beacon Park with a day of running and field play scheduled from noon to 5 pm.
Stages located at Capitol Park, Cadillac Square, Grand Circus Park, Spirit Plaza will feature local musicians throughout the event, including stages hosted by the Detroit music collective D. Cipher.
Crow will headline the charity gala on Saturday at Campus Martius. Tickets for the event are $ 250 and the proceeds will be donated to charities for the children of Detroit.
Motor city car crawl
Thursday 12 pm-9pm; noon-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Sunday noon-5 p.m.
Cars and activities will be spread across six downtown parks: Spirit of Detroit Plaza, Campus Martius, Capital Park, Grand Circus Park, DTE Beacon Park and Cadillac Square.
Buy tickets for the charity gala at https://naias.com/motor-city-car-crawl.