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A Shunpiker's Journal, hosted by Steve Purdy, covers the stories of its host and others who shun the turnpikes and freeways of America to better enjoy the businesses and life that revolve around the automobile.

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The Automotive Heritage Foundation | Industry Updates - AHF Bulletin #2 July 2022

A Shunpiker's Journal
July 15, 2022 4:00 PM

Update July 2022

Steve Purdy, AHF Managing Director

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Back to the Bricks® is Excited to Announce This Year’s 18th Annual Car Show & Cruise Official Grand Marshal,

A Shunpiker's Journal
July 4, 2022 8:00 AM

Burton Officer Dalton Christie.

When the Back to the Bricks® Executive Committee met to discuss this year’s Grand Marshal, they wanted to continue the tradition of honoring someone that works hard, gives back, does
their best to make a difference, and is proud of where he works and where he lives. This year,
there were so many wonderful candidates to choose from, as we have hundreds of deserving
individuals in our community.

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Ed Welburn Selected to Serve as Detroit Concours d’Elegance Honoree

A Shunpiker's Journal
June 29, 2022 6:00 PM

Ed Welburn - Automotive Hall of Famer, Detroit Design Legend and Industry Leader - Selected to Serve as Detroit Concours d’Elegance Honoree
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., June 28, 2022 – Hagerty is excited to announce that designer, Automotive Hall of Fame inductee and former General Motors Vice President of Global Design, Ed Welburn, will serve as the honoree at the inaugural Detroit Concours d’Elegance on September 16-18, 2022.
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Stellantis & Back to the Bricks Executives Added to MotorCities Board of Directors

A Shunpiker's Journal
May 18, 2022 10:00 AM

MotorCities National Heritage Area Adds Two New Members to its Board of Directors 

DETROIT – At its recent meeting, the MotorCities National Heritage Area Partnership welcomed two new members to its Board of Directors, who will each serve a two-year term.

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Automotive Hall of Fame | Meet our 2022 Inductees

A Shunpiker's Journal
February 22, 2022 5:00 PM


The Automotive Hall of Fame is excited to announce our 2022 Inductee class!
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GM Plans to Broaden Electrification, Expanding Fuel Cells Beyond Vehicles

A Shunpiker's Journal
January 21, 2022 3:00 PM

GM’s HYDROTEC-based mobile and fixed power systems designed to charge EVs, power worksites, data centers, support the military and even provide emergency power

DETROIT – GM continues to accelerate its growth as a platform innovator and announced today new commercial applications of its HYDROTEC fuel cell technology. HYDROTEC projects, which are currently in development, from heavy-duty trucks to aerospace and locomotives, are being planned for use beyond vehicles for power generation.

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GM Brings Powerful New Compute Architecture to Ultra Cruise to Help Enable Door-to-Door Hands-Free Driving

A Shunpiker's Journal
January 7, 2022 12:00 PM

GM and Qualcomm showcase collaboration at CES that brings first dedicated Snapdragon system-on-chips to GM’s upcoming advanced driver assistance system for fast, robust data processing

DETROIT  – GM announced this week that its next-generation hands-free driver-assist system, Ultra Cruise, will be powered by a scalable compute architecture featuring system-on-chips developed by American semiconductor company Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. GM will be the first company to use the Qualcomm Technologies’ Snapdragon Ride™ Platform for advanced driver assistance technology, which features an industry-leading 5-nanometer  Snapdragon™ SA8540P SoC and SA9000P artificial intelligence accelerator.

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GM at CES 2022: Experience The Ultium Effect

A Shunpiker's Journal
January 6, 2022 9:00 AM

DETROIT – In a virtual keynote Wednesday at CES 2022, General Motors Chair and CEO Mary Barra outlined the waves of change that are coming as society moves toward the mass adoption of electric vehicles. GM, a company transitioning from automaker to platform innovator, provided a view of EV technology's inflection point at CES one year ago.

“Technology-driven by purpose will change the world,” said Deborah Wahl, GM global chief marketing officer. “GM is redefining how people and goods are moved. Our commitment to a vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion has positioned us to lead. As we implement our growth strategy, we have an opportunity and, frankly, an obligation to create a better future for generations to come. That’s the Ultium Effect.”

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Reminder: Year-end News from the Automotive Hall of Fame

A Shunpiker's Journal
December 22, 2021 4:00 PM

mission: To honor and celebrate the accomplishments of individuals in the international motor vehicle industry through awards and educational programs that challenge young and old alike to higher levels of personal achievement.

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Automotive Hall of Fame | Attend Tomorrow's Celebration of Italian Design

A Shunpiker's Journal
September 17, 2021 7:00 PM

 at the Automotive Hall of Fame


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