Detroit: ‘Gallery’ event at NAIAS opens to public for first time image

The North American International Auto Show’s invite-only luxury event “The Gallery” will open its gates for public access this year. 100 tickets will be sold to the public for $500 each.

The event held at the MGM Grand Detroit casino at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8 will feature luxury cars from Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Maserati and Lingenfelter, among others. These vehicles will not be on display at the NAIAS at Cobo Center.

In addition to high-end autos and motorcycles, chef Wolfgang Puck will prepare a special dinner.

MGM Grand Detroit is located at 1777 Third St., Detroit, MI, 48226.
Tickets must be purchased no later than Jan. 6.

In other news, Detroit’s top-three casinos are on track to set a new annual revenue record in 2011 — despite southeast Michigan’s sagging real estate market and a recession only now starting to show signs of recovery.

Combined casino revenues for MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity Casino Hotel and Greektown Casino-Hotel were more than $1.3 billion for 2011 through November, according to the Detroit Free Press.

In total, Detroit’s three casinos contribute over $100 million each year in state taxes and a further $170 million in taxes to Detroit.