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    Motor City Car Crawl brings glitzy gala to Detroit’s downtown

    Detroit — Car fanatics rejoiced this weekend with a return of an auto event in the Motor City after more than two years without one.

    Motor City Car Crawl, put on by the Detroit Auto Dealers Association and Downtown Detroit Partnership, filled six downtown parks with about 50 cars, food trucks and entertainment. The highlight of the weekend: the elegant charity gala headlined by Grammy award-winner Sheryl Crow at Campus Martius Saturday.

    The outdoor car crawl and charity gala took place the same week that New York Auto Show officials out of COVID concerns canceled their indoor event just two weeks before its scheduled dates.

    Keith Studzinski of Bloomfield Hills looks at the vehicles on display during the Motor City Car Crawl Charity Gala at Campus Martius Park.

    But DADA officials are also still planning to put on their outdoor Motor Bella event in September at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac. 

    Both the crawl and Motor Bella are taking place this year instead of a North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which, along with its charity preview that raised thousands for children’s charities in Detroit, hasn’t happened since January 2019. Both the 2020 and 2021 Detroit auto shows were canceled because of the pandemic.

    Officials are planning to bring back the auto show in 2022. Decisions on another car crawl and Motor Bella are being discussed.  

    A 2019 Saleen Mustang S302 is pictured during the Motor City Car Crawl Charity Gala at Campus Martius Park.

    Tamara Flake, a vice president of Huntington Bank, said she’s glad Huntington was able to be the primary sponsor for the event.

    “It’s exciting to be in the community as a presenting sponsor and just gathering again,” she said. “I didn’t think it was going to be this big, but I’m excited to see so many people.”

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