Designer Night at the Races™ presented by Lacks returns with a BANG!

Do you have time to talk about the Five-C’s of Design?Competition, Camaraderie, Charity, Carting (pardon my spelling, but alliteration is cool), with a Car Show thrown in for good measure!  

Thanks to longtime partner Lacks Enterprises, the best design event in Detroit and California returns to Kart2Kart and K1 Speed in June and July.

The first event on the schedule is in Michigan at Kart2Kart on Tuesday June 25th followed by 3 days in California in July!74th Designer Night at the Races June 25th 2019 Save the Date v3


In addition to this being 4 days of awesomeness that is racing gokarts (the Competition part) against people you went to school with (the Camaraderie part), it is important not to forget that we are doing this to support the fight against prostate cancer (the Charity part).  We have a couple of pretty important announcements about that.


Let’s start with the newest addition to the event, Faster Axes.  For those who arrive early to register at the Detroit event, Kart2Kart has opened their new axe room for practice.

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HERE is the schedule!  Kart2Kart Sterling Heights – Tuesday June 25th

  • 5:00pm – Registration Opens – AX THROWING
  • 6:00pm – First Kart Practice Session
  • 6:30pm – Food is served
  • 7:00pm – Qualifying starts
  • 8:00pm – Trike Races
  • 8:15pm – Racing starts
  • 9:30 pm – Trophies awarded


Next, we would like to announce that we have our returning GRAND PRIZE for the week – one lucky person will receive support to rent a race car and get their Competition License in 2020 (details provided at the event) courtesy of Honda Ron Racing Rentals. 



22154723_10213382612110240_7314729788378312752_nAs As usual the Bridgestone Winter Driving School has graciously provided a Free Second Gear Safety Class ($495 value) that will be awarded each evening.

DSCN9699TA Interior and Exterior Lighting supplier TA YIH is also on board to support the event.  They will be providing the prize for our annual Spring Car Show.  So bring something cool and awesome – our winning criteria is typically pretty obscure, so trailer queens rarely win.  In the past we awarded trophies for “Best Patina”, and “Car I most want to drive for the weekend”.  So break out that 66 Triumph from winter storage (car or motorcycle, we don’t discriminate) and come join us for some bench racing in the parking lot.


There will be other cool prizes like massive Lego sets so we will have more than one winner per event. 100% of the money we collect goes to charity

5803529-Contest_Blog_DB5-thumbnail-fullAnd if that is not enough, we will have our annual event shirts at the event.  While the design has not yet been finalized, make a donation of at least $20 and we will gift you a shirt. PLEASE NOTE! If you have not received your shirt from previous events we will (hopefully) have them there.


And of course, everyone’s favorite event returns, Trike racing (this time for points)


A couple of housekeeping notes:

CHARITY: The worst part about getting older is not what it does to your body or mind, but what it does to those we care about.  The list of my friends and family who have either fought cancer or dealt with a family member fighting cancer is getting longer by the year. A few years ago it was my mother, then a close personal friend battled breast cancer (successfully I might ad), Brian Fioritto’s father and Alzheimers last year which brings us to this year. A dear friend to the event is in the middle of his prostate cancer diagnosis and while the name shall remain private – if you have been to an event you have most likely spent time talking to him. So for 2019 we are battling prostate cancer thru Generation ZERO, the first generation of men free from the pain and suffering of prostate cancer. With your help, we can fund critical programs that serve patients and their families. We’ll advance research into new treatments and a cure. You’ll help raise awareness and enable life-saving early detection. (YOU CAN DONATE AT THE LINK)



Guest Policy:  OK, as we have started to have some issues – I felt the need to be very clear about the GUEST POLICY. We have always openly welcomed guests, however, as we have become pretty much full to capacity, allowing a guest to race means a designer gets left out of the fun.  So guests are welcome to come and cheer, share some food and drinks and hang out  but they MUST register with your email address and mark the box not racing (so we can manage the food and drinks).  The event is designed specifically for the design community and we would like to keep it that way – not to be elitist – but because we have limited space to race.


One final, final note.  I hear from many that they don’t want to come and race because they are “slow” and “not competitive”.  While I admit there are some really fast people who attend, there are also some really, really slow people (you know who you are).  There are 30-50 people racing each night, and the advantage we gain with having so many is that we separate people into groups with people of similar skill levels and lap times.  No matter who you are, I assure you it will be a great time and you will talk about your experience for days and weeks afterwards, whether you race or just hang out and cheer others on.


PASSWORD = prostatecancer

For our California racers, we are still finalizing the schedule, but here is the tentative plan.

When: DATES AND LOCATIONS ARE CONFIRMED – Registration starts 6/27

75-77th Designer Night at the Races C ALIFORNIA July 2019 Save the DateTime:

  • 5:00pm – Registration Opens
  • 6:00pm – First Kart Practice/Qualifying Session
  • 6:30pm – Food is served
  • 8:00pm – Car Show Judging is completed
  • 9:00 pm – Trophies awarded


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About Frank Schwartz

Frank Schwartz is the founder of and Advanced Automotive Consulting Services, partner in The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment and serial entrepeneur. A long time automotive enthusiast, Frank started reading car magazines at the age of 8 and has spent 30+ years working inside the automotive industry. In his spare time Frank races with the Sports Car Club of America, spends time working on his numerous project cars and supports many local charities.
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