10 years of Designer Night at the Races™ come to SoCal

Its time to celebrate 10 years of Competition, Camaraderie and Charity as the 2016 Designer Night at the Races™ presented by Lacks Enterprises events are open for registration.  Its hard to believe that the first event was 10 years ago, March 22, 2006 at Dromo One in Orange California to be exact – and the Lacks team has been there for every one (you can see the pictures from the past events here).  While its been just four short months since the 50th event, we are sure there will be a ton of questions to be answered like “Where?”, “When?” and “Can I bring a guest?”.  So read on to as we do our best to answer them all, including:

  1. What kind of trophy will there be for the Spring Car Show?
  2. Who will be Fastest Design Studio in the West?
  3. And don’t forget, can we break the 2016 record for cancer donations?

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And the Winner is crowned – Designer Night at the Races™ #53

Night #3 of Krstin Shaw’s reports.  After 3 nights of racing I was too tired to write. Ed

Designer Night at the Races™ #53 was a big night for first-time attendees.

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Designer Night at the Races #52 – GM Strikes Back

Night #2 of Krstin Shaw’s reports.  So much better than mine. Ed

The 52nd Designer Night at the Races event kicked off on the other side of town at Kart 2 Kart in Sterling Heights. In addition to the traditional evening of go-kart racing, for the first time slot racing was also added to the program. Although it was a rainy evening, participants showed up and showed off.

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10 Years in the Making – Designer Night at the Races™ #51

It is hard for me to believe that Designer Night at the Races™ is 10 years old.  Since the first event in 2006 we have held more than 50 days and nights of racing gokarts in Detroit, California and even in Europe.  So, thank you to all the support we have received over the years, from participants, to sponsors, to the tracks.  Here’s to the next 10 years being even more awesome than the past 10!  Oh yeah, here is a write up of event #51 in Novi, MI written by our very own Kristin Shaw. Ed.

Celebrating a decade of Designer Night at the Races, individuals from the automotive industry came together for a night of Competition, Camaraderie and Charity at JD Racing Indoor Karting in Novi Michigan for Event #51 in the series.

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Come celebrate 10 years of Designer Night at the Races™

Its time to celebrate 10 years of Competition, Camaraderie and Charity as the first 2016 Designer Night at the Races™ presented by Lacks Enterprises events are open for registration.  Its hard to believe that the first event was 10 years ago, March 22, 2006 at Dromo One in Orange California to be exact – and the Lacks team has been there for every one (you can see the pictures from the past events here).  While its been just four short months since the 50th event, we are sure there will be a ton of questions to be answered like “Where?”, “When?” and “Can I bring a guest?”.  So read on to as we do our best to answer them all, including:

  1. What kind of trophy will there be for the Spring Car Show?
  2. Am I going to be stuck with a bunch of slowpokes in the Plastic Plate Enduro?  
  3. And ultimately who will be Fastest Design Studio in the East?
  4. And don’t forget, can we break the 2016 record for cancer donations?

But most importantly READ EVERYTHING as there are some special 10 Year anniversary items buried in this post that you WILL NOT WANT TO MISS.

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Detroit’s Newest Must-Attend Auto Event

In 1991 while was working in the auto industry near the beaches of Virginia, the opportunity arose to come to Michigan.  I was a life-long auto nut who could think of no better life choice than to move to Detroit, the world’s automotive mecca.  My first engineering meeting at an unnamed car company was a huge shock – not a single fellow enthusiast in the meeting.  Most interesting car driven by the 15 or so in attendance?          A mid-sized sedan with a V6 and automatic. Mind you, this was not today’s V6 with somewhere north of 300HP and in a chassis that actually handles.   It was 1991-era 150 horsepower of sack of corn mush cornering automotive nirvana.

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What’s Happening in your Market?

While I can’t promise this discussion won’t include a reference or two to the late 70’s TV sitcom, its really about the changes the automotive supplier community has experienced since the last economic downturn.  When automotive sales tanked in 2009, suppliers across the board looked at ways to trim their expenses. And marketing departments were ripe for the picking as short term financial health took precedent over long term planning.  Now that healthy sales have returned, the specter of the next downturn has made many suppliers hesitant to re-staff their teams.  And that is where we come in…..

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