Monday, January 12, 2015

CONTEST: WIN $500 for the Best and Most Creative Reason why #MichiganIsAuto - ENDS 1/23 #NAIAS

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Ford makes engineering transparent at 2011 Detroit Auto Show - photos by Jackie Harper
MICHauto is Giving Away $500 for the Best, Most Creative Reasons Why #MichiganIsAuto...

I have lived in Michigan all of my life and am very proud to be from the Motor City - HOLLA!!!  One thing that I learned from a very early age is how much we love our cars in this state.  When I was a kid, my father would take our photos using a backdrop of his prize Cadillac of the moment. And going to an auto dealership to look at cars was considered entertainment in our family.

That is probably why I love taking my son every year to the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall.  Who can resist the cool cars filled with "James Bond"-like technology that are easy on the eye and a pleasure to drive.  In Michigan, the cars are truly the stars and the Detroit Auto Show is where we all go to pay homage to the creativity and engineering genius behind each vehicle.

1903 Ford Model A from 2013 Detroit Auto Show - photo credit Jackie Harper
Dodge Viper - 2010 Detroit Auto Show - photo credit Jackie Harper
Mercury Lincoln exhibit at 2010 Detroit Auto Show - photo credit Jackie Harper
My son and I hanging at the Chevy Photo Booth at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show 

For this post, I had the pleasure of going back in time and finding all the cool photos that I have taken at the North American International Auto Show over the years. From the 2013 show which showcased the oldest surviving car sold by Ford Motor Company back in 1903 - a Model A Rear Entry Tonneau, to the beautiful Dodge Viper from the 2010 show, to the 2011 show where Ford cut a vehicle in half to show us what's really under the hood, I am amazed each year by everything that I see and all the engineering talent that goes into making these awesome products.

And I will always remember the awesome video (see above) of my son at the Ford exhibit during the 2012 Detroit Auto Show where he got to virtually hang out with race car driver Ken Block - can you tell that he had a ball and learned a thing or two about eco-boost technology?

And with the 2015 North American International Auto Show right around the corner  I and my son are looking forward to another awesome event where we learn more and more about why Michigan Is Auto!

Have a great reason why #MichiganIsAuto? Time to share it!

As the global automotive industry heads to Detroit for the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), MICHauto – the state’s automotive accelerator – is using this gathering of industry leaders and stakeholders as a platform to reinforce why Michigan is the epicenter of the auto industry.

From January 12th through January 23rd, MICHauto will award two $500 VISA gift cards to the entry that posts the best, most creative reason why #MichiganIsAuto.

To enter, post your submission on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #MichiganIsAuto. If possible, tag MICHauto in your entry post using the social media handles below :

- Twitter: @MICHauto

- Facebook:

- Instagram: @MICH_auto

To learn more about the 
#MichiganIsAuto campaign, 

Tune in to MICHauto’s social media channels on Friday, January 16th and Friday, January 23rd to find out the winners of each $500 gift card.

Good Luck!

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