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Daily Briefing: Roy Clark collection up for auction; New automotive heritage tours begin in Detroit; IMRRC welcomes new executive director

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Roy Clark’s 1963 Pontiac Bonneville Safari Station Wagon. Photo courtesy of Leake Auctions.

Known for his show Hee Haw and hits like Yesterday When I was Youngthe late Roy Clark also collected cars. The Country Music Hall of Famer, banjo player, and comedian, died in November 2018, at the age of 85. His seven-vehicle collection is now up for auction at the Leake Auction in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The collection covers a range of body styles, featuring a 1972 Jeep CJ-5, a 1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Limousine, and a 1963 Pontiac Bonneville Safari Station Wagon.

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Seven Detroit tour operators have paired up with the MotorCities National Heritage Area, a National Parks Service nonprofit that aims to “inspire residents and visitors with an appreciation for how the automobile changed Michigan, the nation, and the world.”

The partnerships between the nonprofit and the tour operators will provide automotive- and labor-themed tours of Detroit and the surrounding area that will bring participants to major automotive historical sites by bus, foot, bike, and even kayak. Barring the bus tour that is available year-round, the tours are part of a summer-only pilot that the organization hopes to expand in the future.

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The International Motor Racing Research Center (IMRRC) in Watkins Glen, New York, is welcoming Daniel G. DeRusha as the center’s new executive director. DeRusha, an upstate New York native, brings local racing experience to his new position.

DeRusha’s first experience in the world of motorsports came in the 1980s, when he worked communications at the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally in Pennsylvania, operating ham radios with his father. Today, DeRusha, now the former president of the H.H. Franklin Club, owns a 1928 Franklin Model 12B Sedan as well as a 1977 MGB that he has run in several Stone Bridge Driver events.

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