Monday, July 21, 2008

Rolling Sculpture Car Show

A couple of weeks ago, we trailered Car 51 to Ann Arbor for the Rolling Sculpture Car Show; an event that regularly hosts about 400 cars and a whole mass of enthusiasts and passerbys alike. Now...some of you may be wondering why we would dare venture into the middle of Wolverine country with our prized race car. I have to admit that, in driving there, I too was wondering how we'd be received.

This process all began several months ago when car show director Chris Finney had contacted the team about being part of an area of the show devoted to education; an area called "The Dream Arena." As he explained, his vision with this area was to "get the wheels turning" in the heads of the show's youthful attendees. As many of you know, throughout the year, team members regularly take our latest and greatest cars out to schools and groups of students to show them some of the opportunities that are available at a collegiate level. In talking with Chris, it was easy to see that his educational-vision was very similar to ours, so naturally, we were quite excited when he asked us to participate in the show.

I am happy to report that the show went very, very well. In fact, it was one of the most fun events that I've been to yet. The weather was perfect, the streets were packed with cars and enthusiastic attendees, and everyone who stopped by was really nice. Downtown Ann Arbor provided the perfect backdrop for the evening and there were quite a few comments on the Race for a Cause program. Hopefully, these comments came from donors to the 2009 Race-Cause initiative.

We've already spoken with show organizers about participating again, so if you live in the Ann Arbor area and missed us this year, be sure to swing by next July. Here are a few pictures from this year's event. Enjoy!

Go Green. Go White. Go Fast.


*Photography credited to Hillary Gregory, Cockpit Team Leader

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