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Posted on Tue, Jul 9, 2013 : 10:31 a.m.

Rolling Sculpture bringing concept as well as classic cars to downtown Ann Arbor streets

By Will Stewart


A 1911 Ann Arbor convertible at the 2012 Rolling Sculpture show.

Jeffrey Smith | file photo

Concept cars not yet available on the market will mingle with classics from all eras when the Rolling Sculpture Car Show rolls onto downtown Ann Arbor streets on July 12.

Two prototypes—a coupe and a convertible—of the 2014 Corvette will be on hand as well as the futuristic Cadillac ELR concept car are among the more than 350 other classics for the 19th annual version of the show.

“I think we have a really great lineup of concept cars,” said Maura Thomson, executive director of the Main Street Area Association, which, along with Bill Crispin Chevrolet, sponsors the event.

“People who are into Corvettes and who follow the automotive industry will be really excited to see these models at the show.”


Rolling Sculpture Car Show

  • Who: Main Street Area Association and Bill Crispin Chevrolet are sponsors.
  • What: Beautiful unique and classic cars as well as concept vehicles on display. A DJ will play music.
  • Where: Main, Liberty and Washington streets, downtown Ann Arbor.
  • When: 2-10 p.m. Friday, July 12.
  • How much: Free admission. For details or information on registering a car, see the website.
The concept vehicles will be on display along with the other cars, ranging from refurbished classics to hot-rods of all shapes and sizes.

And the show’s presence right downtown adds another cool dimension to the event, which also features classic hot-rod tunes spun by DJ Surfer Joe, and live remotes from 107.71-FM to create a fun, family friendly event that typically draws as many as 5,000 visitors to the downtown area.

The event runs from 2-10 p.m.

“This isn’t your typical car show,” Thomson said. “This is such an eclectic mix and attracts people from all different walks of the car world, who maybe haven’t been here before and introduces them to what we have to offer here.”

“It’s all about connecting people.”

Admission is free for spectators. Pre-registration to show cars has expired and a $35 entrance fee for on-site registration, although there is no guarantee of available space, Thomson said.

While participants compete mostly for bragging rights, representatives from Car and Driver and Automobile magazines, as well as the Ann Arbor Observer, will be on hand to award “Editors Choice” trophies to the cars they deem to be the best in the show. In addition, Thomson said, an anonymous sponsor will award the “Skinned Knuckles” trophy to the owner who has done the most “do-it-yourself” work on an entry.

“This event really is a car lover’s dream,” Thomson said.



Tue, Jul 9, 2013 : 6:54 p.m.

Ugh. A Hyundai concept will be there but the ELR is already in will not be a concept. The Corvettes will not be concepts either.


Tue, Jul 9, 2013 : 7:47 p.m.

They could be THE prototypes of the cars...I mean it's a good size car show near the motor city after all. I don't think it would be unheard of for unique vehicles to be there.


Tue, Jul 9, 2013 : 3:37 p.m.

The Cadillac ELR is more than a concept. It is in pre-production with saleable units being built in a few months. It is heavily based on the Volt and will be built in Hamtramck. If this is a next gen version, that would be surprising, or maybe it is the actual concept car still being toured around.

Keith Hafner

Tue, Jul 9, 2013 : 3:26 p.m.

Excellent reason to come downtown. The car show is an annual treat. Hope to see you there!


Tue, Jul 9, 2013 : 2:52 p.m.

Can't wait guys. This is always one of the highlights of summer here in A2.