• Rev It Up at the Automotive Hall of Fame

     
    FROM THE Fall 2019 ISSUE
     

    Dearborn's Automotive Hall of Fame invited guests to celebrate alongside historic auto giants. 

  • Rev It Up at the Automotive Hall of Fame

     
    FROM THE Fall 2019 ISSUE
     

    Dearborn's Automotive Hall of Fame invited guests to celebrate alongside historic auto giants. 

The history-laced Automotive Hall of Fame offers an immersive experience for guests to get close with the Fords, Dodges and other famous industry legends. “We’re a unique, automotive-themed museum with contemporary architecture that provides an event space that’s different from anything else in the metropolitan Detroit area,” says Kathy Bastien, special events manager.

In celebration of the success and history of the motor vehicle industry, the Automotive Hall of Fame honors the men and women whose innovative contributions have revolutionized the American way of life.

Although the museum’s Dearborn location opened in 1997, the Automotive Hall of Fame’s history dates back to 1939. Called “Automobile Old Timers” back then, this original group took it upon themselves to perpetrate and honor the success of automotive innovators.

Located adjacent to the Henry Ford Museum, the 25,000-square-foot contemporary structure provides spaces for a variety of events. The facility can accommodate up to 350 people and includes access to a large ceremony space, auditorium, outdoor courtyard and 35-person conference room. Events can even be hosted within the exhibits.

For those looking to rev it up, the museum offers an interactive strolling dinner option in which guests can browse the historical exhibits during their meal.

The private, nonprofit organization has hosted events from auto summits and seminars to bar mitzvahs and alumni functions.

The Hall of Fame continues to honor the past and future of automotive innovation internationally and locally. In 2016, for example, it was the backdrop for then Gov. Rick Snyder as he signed a group of bills that helped to place Michigan as a future leader in the development and testing of self-driving vehicles.

Radiating a theme of innovation and creativity, the facility is an inspiring museum and venue, says Kerry Doyle, the Hall of Fame’s marketing director. “Our mandate is to increase the public’s understanding of the contribution that the international motor vehicle industry has had on our freedom of personal mobility and on our high standard of living. In the process of preserving international motor vehicle industry history, the Hall of Fame is dedicated to shaping a better future for all.”

 

So long, Cobo Hall! Huntington Place is the new name for Detroit’s world-class convention center. Karen Totaro, general manager for ASM Global, which runs the day-to-day operations for the venue, announced the name change. “Our partnership with Huntington Bank brings a wealth of opportunities to our community and visitors,” she said.

 

Attendees at the Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism, which took place November 2-4, were among the first to experience the new event space at One Campus Martius. The 16th-floor venue was the site of the conference’s opening reception, and guests were wowed by the 5,500-square-foot wraparound terrace and the spectacular views it provides of downtown Detroit. The main event area offers more than 7,800 square feet of flexible event space, which can be divided into three smaller rooms.

 

Temperatures are starting to dip in Seattle, but if you want to get in one last outdoor gathering before winter, consider The Rooftop at WeWork Cap Hill. Located on the penthouse level on 11th Avenue near Seattle’s storied Pine and Pike Streets, the space offers inviting landscapes and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Capacity: 74.  Bring sweaters and scarves!