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Shell Eco-marathon scavenger hunt will show off Detroit’s landmarks


Detroiters will get a chance to show how much they know about our city’s landmarks during Saturday’s (April 16) Shell Eco-marathon Hunt.

A team up between Shell and the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau (Visit Detroit), the city-wide scavenger hunt invites people to explore Detroit and rewards their knowledge the city and win some amazing prizes.

With Visit Detroit involved the hunt is sure to reflect the city’s history. In the era of smart phone Google look-ups, this may be the best way to encourage long-term memory of what makes Detroit, Detroit.

Participants will dart across town following clues to landmarks every metro Detroiter should know. The first one to visit all the sites and open the car will go home with the grand prize.

The Bankers Trust Company Building could be on the list, who know?

The Bankers Trust Company Building could be on the list, who knows?

This is not easy contest. The City of Detroit has 255 properties and districts on the National Register, and there are plenty of other landmarks in our city. No one know which ones will be chosen so its hard to prepare. Historic Detroit has some pictures of many of them.

Once all is said and done, no matter who wins the big prize, a better understanding of the city will be everyone’s reward.

The grand prize includes:

  • Two suite tickets to the Detroit Grand Prix
  • A hot lap ride-along for two
  • Two round trip Delta flights anywhere in the continental US
  • $500 of Shell V-Power NiTRO+ Premium gasoline
  • A year’s supply of lubricants for your vehicle
  • Participation in the Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2016 closing ceremony
  • Being a guest presenter for Shell Truck Challenge prizes at Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2016
  • Limited edition Indy500 pit shirt

There will be drawings after the event for all participants with prizes ranging from Detroit Tiger’s tickets to Shell gas cards to Indy500 memorabilia, and more.

All participants who complete the Shell Eco-marathon Americas Hunt will receive a t-shirt and another prize.

The hunt will take brains and brawn … and promises to be great fun. Participants get their first clue at 9:30 am.

Next week, on April 22-24, Shell will share the Detroit experience with the world during its 10th annual Shell Eco-marathon Americas held at Cobo Center. Teams from Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and of course, across the United States, will get to enjoy what Detroiters experience every day.

During the race they will release their visions of custom-built, ultra-energy-efficient cars. The goal is to travel the farthest distance using the least amount of energy.


The teams of young engineers work a year to put their vehicles together then battle it out in just a few days to see which one designed and built the most energy-efficient vehicle. This will take place after this weekend’s Detroit qualifying race. Those from the area will compete to see who gets to show the rest of the world what Southeast Michigan is capable of and play host to the rest of the world.

The following area high schools and universities will race to uphold Detroit’s honor::

  • Gariot Isabella, Ithaca
  • International Academy East, Troy
  • Lapeer Education and Technology Center, Attica (two teams)
  • Lawrence Technical University, Southfield
  • Michigan Technological University, Houghton
  • Plymouth Canton Educational Park, Canton (two teams)
  • Troy High School, Troy
  • University of Detroit Jesuit, Detroit (two teams)
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit

Between racing across the growing downtown Detroit, showing off places of historic importance, and looking for answers to the future of fuel, the Shell Eco-marathon Americas connects all eras of Detroit in time. It is a special type of civic experience.

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