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Racing rezooms on The Hill

Unmistakable lines of a split-window Corvette. photo by Brad Lindberg.

August 21, 2014
THE GROSSE POINTES — Race cars, cool rides and classics.

They merge on Kercheval next week during the Racing For Kids to the Hill in downtown Grosse Pointe Farms.

Rush hours are 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Kercheval between McMillan and Hall Place is closed to regular traffic starting at 6 a.m. the day of the event.

This is the eighth year for the free street fair and evening fundraising auction benefiting children's healthcare.

"Each year this event has grown to encompass more residents, merchants and businesses who celebrate the excitement of the automobile industry and, specifically, auto racing, to the benefit of area hospitals and child healthcare," said Patrick Wright, executive director of Racing For Kids charity, headquartered on the Hill.

Daytime attractions include:

a display of exotic cars and muscle cars,

drifting champion driver Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his Ford Mustang RTR,

Gittin signs autographs at 2 p.m. at the Racing For Kids tent near the Northern Trust Bank building,

a Kart2Kart race car simulator,

a Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix show car,

digital design demonstrations by the College for Creative Studies,

a scavenger hunt sponsored by the Grosse Pointe News,

Hill merchant sidewalk sales,

bounce houses and

music by Whack the Mole.

Racing For Kids, a tax-exempt charity, was established 25 years ago.

Its one-and-only national spokesman is Robbie Buhl, a Grosse Pointe Farms native and former Indy car racer.

Last year's auction raised more than $100,000 for local healthcare organizations, Wright said.

"Net proceeds (funded) pediatric initiatives at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe, the Henry Ford Health System and Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation, as well as the hospital visits program," in which professional race car drivers visit sick children in hospitals, Wright said.

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