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(PLYMOUTH) -- The 35th Annual Concours d'Elegance of America returns to St. John's in Plymouth on July 26-28. Highlights include the very first electric cars, cars from the historic Great Race, and jet age convertibles. One of the most prestigious showings of classic, rare, and magnificent automobiles in the world, the Concours will be spread out over the lush and historic St. John's grounds. Over 300 vehicles will be on display. This year features an unmatched range of innovative, one of a kind automobiles that include everything from the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 Split Window Corvette, the 50th Anniversary of the Porsche911, vintage NASCARS, and Detroit Iron:Early Lincolns, Cadillacs, Chryslers, and Packards.

The Chief Honorary Judge will be Wayne Carini from "Chasing Classic Cars." The Masters of Ceremonies will be Bob Joynt and actor, voiceover man, and Michigan native Edward Herrmann.

A portion of the proceeds from the Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's is designated for the College for Creative Studies.

The Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's on Sunday, July 28, is open to the public from 10-4 p.m. The $25 general admission includes free parking, shuttle, and a program book. The Inn at St. John's is located at 44045 Five Mile Road in Plymouth, Michigan. For information call 248-643-8645 or visit www.concoursusa.org

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Pictured above: 1957 Ford Sunliner Convertible


1936 Ford 3-Window Couple

 
1914 Detroit Electric Roadster


Jim McCarter, Concours Executive Director

(AUBURN HILLS) -- Michigan-based Gibbs Sports Amphibians plans to add dealers, hire additional employees and introduce several new products following the successful launch of the Gibbs Quadski-the world's first personal sports amphibian-earlier this year. The company is on track to build 1,000 Quadskis in 2013 and expects to have more than 100 major powersports dealers authorized to sell and service the Quadski by the end of 2014. Speaking at the Tech Crawl 2013 press conference at Pine Lake Country Club in Orchard Lake, Michigan, Gibbs Communications Manager Graham Jenkins added that the company is selecting prospective dealers and distributors to support High Spped Amphibian export sales in 2014 and will add jobs at its assembly plant as products are added to its lineup.

The compnay plans to launch several new consumer products over the next 18 months and continues to work on commercial and military High Speed Amphibian applications as well. Gibbs already has shown two commercial concepts referred to as amphitrucks. The Gibbs Phibian is a 4,500-pound, 12-passenger High Speed Amphibian equipped with twin turbocharged diesel engines. The Humdinga is a smaller amphitruck designed for five-to-seven passengers and equipped with a supercharged V8 engine.

The Quadski made its debut at major boat and auto shows in the United States, including the Miami International Boat Show and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Quadski transitions from land to water in less than five seconds; is equipped with a BMW Motorrad engine, and is currently available in five colors-black, blue, red, silver and yellow. The average cost is between $42,000-$46,000.

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PICTURED ABOVE LEFT: Gibbs Communications Manager Graham Jenkins

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - Greg Biffle raced to his second straight Sprint Cup victory at Michigan International Speedway, easily holding off Kevin Harvick after points leader Jimmie Johnson smacked the wall in the final laps Sunday. It was the 1,000th victory for Ford across NASCAR's three national series - Cup, Nationwide and Truck. It was Biffle's first win since he overtook Johnson to win at MIS in August. Johnson's engine faltered with six laps left in that race. This time, he was about a second behind Biffle with three laps to go - but a tire give way, and he dropped all the way to 28th. Harvick was second, 3 seconds behind Biffle. Martin Truex Jr. was next, followed by Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart.

 

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(DETROIT) -- U.S. car sales of light vehicles in June 2013 indicated increases by all of the U.S. automobile companies.

GM sold 264,843 with an increase of 6.5% from 2012
Ford sold 234,917 with an increase of 13.4% from 2012
Toyota sold 195,235 with an increase of 9.8% from 2012
Honda sold 136,915 with an increase of 9.7% from 2012
Chrysler sold 156,686 with an increase of 8.2% from 2012
Hyundai sold 65,007 with an increase of 1.9% from 2012
Nissan sold 104,124 with an increase of 12.9% from 2012

The Detroit Big Three had 46.7% of all car sales in June 2013. Compared total for 2013 with 2012 total sales for June-the increase was 9.2% more vehicles sold. The total for June 2013 was 1,404,434. The prediction for 2013 is an increase for all domestic auto makers for a total of 15.4 million vehicles.

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BROOKLYN, Mich. (July 2, 2013) - Want to be like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle or your favorite NASCAR driver? Now is your opportunity to drive on the racing surface with the popular Track Laps at Michigan International Speedway.

MIS is bringing back its track laps program, where race fans can drive laps on NASCAR's fastest racetrack. Fans can experience the banking in the corners and follow the same lines as the NASCAR drivers do - and help raise money for charity.

Fans will have the opportunity to drive laps on the last four Tuesdays in July. The track will be open from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for laps on July 9, 16, 23 and 30. Reservations for track laps can be made by calling 800-354-1010 (no online purchases available).

Once a phone order has been placed, a ticket will be mailed to the guest in advance of their selected day. Guests can purchase tickets at the Administration Office off US Highway 12. All guests must enter and present their ticket at the tunnel entrance to the track off of Brooklyn Highway.

Track laps are $25 for each three-lap segment on the historic Michigan International Speedway. Participants will have the opportunity to drive on the track at a maximum speed of 70 mph led by the MIS Ford Mustang pace car.

All proceeds benefit MIS Cares, MIS' official charity.

"This is a highlight for the fans," track president Roger Curtis said. "We often hear from our fans how they want to drive on the track and now is their opportunity to be a driver for a day. Everyone wants to emulate their favorite driver and experience what a NASCAR driver experiences."

The track laps are limited to passenger vehicles only, no motorcycles. No passing of other vehicles will be allowed at anytime. The driver of the vehicle must be 18 years of age and all participants will need to sign a waiver before driving on the track. Seatbelts and headlights must be on at all times.

Laps will take place rain or shine. In the case of a date cancellation due to extreme weather or safety conditions, MIS will contact all guests in advance on their visit.

Tickets are on sale at www.MISpeedway.com or by phone at 800-354-1010.