Spring means its time to go Racing! (and Car Show)

Designer Night at the Races™ May 8-10 presented by Lacks Enterprises are now open for registration.  Over 11 years and 60+ events, the teams at Lacks Wheel Trim, Lacks Trim Systems and Plastic Plate have supported Competition, Camaraderie and Charity!  To learn more about the events, please read on!

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Detroit Crowns a new Sketchmaster!

The past two years have seen the Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™ organically grow from a small underground anti-black tie event to a design party so fun and over the top that even Jalopnik shows up to live stream!  Hundreds of people came to The Garden Theater on Woodward and helped raise over $6,000 for charity as they watched 17 designers battle head-to-head over 3 rounds for the title of Sketchmaster!

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Sketchbattle Updates and Audience Participation


As the entire Sketchbattle team is working hard to get the new venue setup and ready for tonight’s festivities, we have a ton of IMPORTANT last minute news.  First and foremost the list of competitors has been updated as typical last minute work priorities get in the way of fun.  The most exciting part however is that 2015 Champion Sketchmaster Darby Barber has been given a past-champion’s slot in the competition.  Second, there are a tons of ways for the audience to participate and enjoy the party that include going home with some awesome prizes.  To learn more read on…..

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Judges announced for the Detroit MSBE 2017

18 contestants will be vying for the title of World Champion Sketchmaster when the Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™ returns to Detroit tomorrow night, Tuesday January 10th.   The $2500 top prize by BASF will be awarded to the lone survivor of 3 rounds of sketching, based on the judging of a unique cross-industry panel of experts and design luminaries.  Doyle Letson of Ford, Marc Mainville of GM and Camilo Pardo along with a guest judge each round will jointly decide the 2017 winner.

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Contestants Announced for the Detroit MSBE 2017

The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment is billed as “THE Fight Club of Design” so it only makes sense if we start with some iconic Joe Louis images.  Covering 3 rounds of competition, the 18 contestants will be fighting head-to-head to earn the Title Belt and be crowed the Ultimate Sketchmaster.  Last year’s winner was from Los Angeles, and this year the designers from Detroit are looking to earn the title back, especially as the winner from our recent event is at the Los Angeles Auto Show, John Frye is flying in to take the belt back. Read on to meet the contestants…..

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A New Venue for The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™ Detroit

After many years of fantastic events at The Tangent Gallery, the Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™ in Detroit moves to a new location for 2017.  While we will miss the fantastic support we received and the perfect industrial vibe the Tangent provided, the continued growth of the event led to a need for additional parking which in turn has led us to another Detroit gem, The Garden Theater.   So, on behalf of Brook, myself, Project Beautiful Inside and Out, BASF, and the rest of the team, you are are hereby invited to the most happening design blow out of the year.  As “The Fight Club of Design” continues to grow and evolve into arguably the most fun event at the auto show, it will become more and more important to get your tickets early (in case we sell out) so please read on for info and tickets!

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2016 LA Sketchmaster is Chosen – #MSBE

For the first time ever, the Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™ was held outside Detroit.  To coincide with the 2016 LA Auto Show and to be part of AutomobilityLA, the entire Sketchbattle Team made the trip to the west coast.  Brook, Judith, Frank, Dan, Destiny, The Reverend Robert and Satori Circus joined our west coast team of Brian, Zana, Rachel and Nikki to present the inaugural #MSBE-LA and choose a new winner of the newest and greatest live sketching competition in the world.  In addition, hundreds of people joined together to help us celebrate automotive design as an art form and raised  $5,000 for The Petersen Automotive Museum  (final results still being tabulated) ted_4345

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