So, you gotta Jones for the smells of high-octane and fresh rubber sizzling on the blacktop while your favorite songs are playing on the radio to the backdrop of engines reviving and getting your motors roaring; but you just can’t wait for the kick-off of the Woodward Dream Cruise http://woodwarddreamcruise.com.
Then pack-up the kids and roll down to Midtown August 19-22 for the Premiere of the Detroit Science Center Future Cruisin’ 2010 Advanced Technology Car Showcase and Competition http://www.detroitsciencecenter.org/futurecruisin.html. Making its debut at the Detroit Science Center, Future Cruisin’ is an annual event that offers a myriad of attractions for children and adults with paid admissions into the museum.
The four days of family entertainment inspired by the Detroit Science Center to commemorate the industry that makes Detroit quintessentially The Motor City, kicks-off Thursday morning with vehicle inspections for the Advanced Technology Car Competition.
Automotive enthusiasts and technology geeks get to flaunt their customized, tricked-out rides and compete for trophies and prizes in 13 categories: powertrain, unique vehicle, safety, and historical, design and tires/wheels. Their expertise will also be exhibited in the audio, mural/artistry, green vehicle, body & paint, interior, undercarriage/chassis, and overall “Best in Show” categories.
But, if you’re feeling a little snubbed by the auto and techie aficionados because you’re a car buff whose need is more for speed then don’t worry. Future Cruisin’ has the ultimate event guaranteed to jump start your engine and get your elbows dirty. The Detroit Science Center http://www.detroitsciencecenter.org and the Motor Sports Hall of Fame of America http://www.mshf.com want all pit crew teams, gear heads and lug nuts to show-off their mechanics skills while trying to beat the clock in the Pit Crew Challenge.
Modeled after the NASCAR racing pit stop, the Pit Crew Challenge is a competition of six team members racing to change four NASCAR Superslick Wheels, wash the windshield and fill the gas tank of a NASCAR with simulated super-powered fuel. The competition is open to Grease Monkeys and Greaser Girls ages 18 and older. Pre-registration is required for the Pit Crew Challenge and Advanced Technology Car Competitions.
If being a Grease Monkey isn’t your thing and you’re an adult that’s big kid at heart, take a ride on the Adult Tricycle Obstacle Course. Future Cruisers of every age can compete in the Pinewood Derby and Advanced Derby Car races, zoom around in the Mouse Trap Cars, watch live entertainment, or hang-out with kids at the Bounce House. Guests will also have the opportunity to mingle with representatives of the Motor Sports Hall of Fame, view the entire Motor Sports collection, and pose for photos with the Quaker State Stock Car.
Partners for Future Cruisin’ include: The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History http://www.chwmuseum.org, Woodward Avenue Action Association http://www.woodwardave.org, and the College for Creative Studies and Detroit Institute of Arts. For a complete listing of events call 313-577-8400, ext. 508, or log-on to www.detroitsciencecenter.org.