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What They Made: Historical Automotive Tour with Joe Babiasz

The Detroit Bus Company

Sunday, August 11, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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Insider's Auto History Tour with Joe Babiasz Ended $50.00 $2.24

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“The customer can have any color he wants, so long as it is black.”

-Henry Ford


Yeah, yeah, Detroit’s the Motor City. But it’s not all just the Big Three: Detroit has been home to dozens of auto manufacturers, big and small. Sure, there’s Ford, GM and Chrysler. There’s also Packard. And Aerocar and Hudson and Liberty and Continental…you get the picture. Join us for an extended tour of the automotive history you DON’T hear about. Along the way we’ll stop by some of the spots where the motor city magic happened. We’ll see where a young Henry Ford honed his mechanical skills, and where he built his very first car. We’ll see factories big and small. And we’ll get our very own private tour at the Ford Piquette Street Plant, birthplace of the Model T.


The cost of this tour includes admission and a tour of the Piquette Street Plant. 


Packard Plant Postcard


About your guide: After a 34-year career with General Motors, Joe Babiasz took his lifelong passion for automobiles and opened West Coast Car Connection, a vintage car restoration shop and sales facility in Eastpointe Michigan. Later, putting pen to paper, he became an automotive journalist and historian, contributing to many national automotive publications. Today, Joe continues to keep his pulse on the automotive business by contributing to Automotive Traveler magazine.


Pick-up Locations:

Ferndale behind Rosie O'Grady's at 12:15 PM

Royal Oak @ Gusoline Alley at 12:30 PM

Detroit @ Grand Trunk Pub at 1:00PM


You’ll be prompted at checkout for your choice of pickup location.You’ll be dropped off where you were picked up at the start of the tour.




Can I drink on the bus?


Sure, but take it easy. Consider this a craft beer or wine sort of outing. This tour is BYOB but we're going to be talking about some incredibly interesting subjects so you'll want to stay mentally tuned-in. You may also want to bring a snack to keep the mid-afternoon hunger away.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to ride the bus?


No! However, you have to be 21 to drink alcohol. That being said, you should bring your ID. That's just a good thing to have anyway.

Is there a group discount?


Yes! If you would like to buy 10 tickets or more for your group we can give you a 10% discount. All you have to do is call our depot at 313-444-BUS1 and we'll send you an invoice and your tickets.


Can I pay at the bus?

No. You must have bought your ticket online here to board the bus. We will not be selling any passes on the bus the day of the event. Seats are limited, so we're not able to make any exceptions to this rule.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Nope. You can just give us your name at the bus if you forget to print your tickets. No sweat.


What is the refund policy?


Things come up, we get it. We're happy to refund your tickets in full at your request no later than five days before an event. After this time, we will not be processing any refunds for any reason whatsoever no exceptions.

Have questions about What They Made: Historical Automotive Tour with Joe Babiasz? Contact The Detroit Bus Company



The Detroit Bus Company

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