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In virtually every neighborhood in metro Detroit, you’ll find decades-old hot rods and restored racecars sitting pretty underneath covers in garages, waiting to rev their engines on the city’s streets.

Cars are ingrained in the culture of Michigan, and Detroiters love an excuse to wash and shine theirs up for a show, or simply to take a look at someone else’s handiwork.

That’s why it’s no surprise events like Autorama draw such a massive crowd to Cobo Center. The 62nd annual Autorama — America’s Greatest Hot Rod Show — returns to Detroit March 7-9 bringing the finest hot rods, customs, trucks and motorcycles from across the country.

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Meadow Brook Hall’s recent 42nd annual Holiday Walk gave visitors a chance to see inside the lives of the Dodge-Wilson family, whose 88,000-square-foot estate is among the largest historic homes in the nation.

This year’s holiday theme provided a behind-the-scenes look at the family’s international travels, including a chance to read personal postcards and letters from their journeys. But if you missed this inside look this Christmas, don’t fret.

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Autopalooza returns to metro Detroit this summer with a schedule of events all of you car buffs won’t want to miss.

What is Autopalooza? It's a celebration of Southeast Michigan's automotive heritage through a series of major cruises, races, and shows during the summer. So whether you’re into vintage, modern-day muscle or simply like speed, this summer-long celebration has something to get your motor running. Here’s the lineup:

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So you’re driving down I-94 headed to or from the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport and you spot a tire on the side of the highway. Not surprising; not unusual. As you speed up to the tire grows in size like a loaf of bread rising in the oven. Plastered on the side is, “Uniroyal,” and you’re left scratching your head.

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The automotive pioneers who built the Motor City left a legacy of much more than just cars. The family mansions of auto barons Henry Ford, Edsel and Eleanor Ford and Matilda Dodge Wilson offer a firsthand look at how these automotive “royals” lived during the birth of the Motor City.

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