Friday is the only day in a two-week span when there’s no news coming out of NAIAS, except for the fact that the Barenaked Ladies are playing the $400-a-head Charity Preview (which — let’s be honest — would only be news if this were 1998).

But the dearth of auto show happenings is welcome. The day between the end of the industry preview and the start of the public show is the perfect time to explore The Automobile outside the confines of the COBO Center’s concrete walls.

In the quest to better understand the American car, the Ford Rouge Factory Tour in nearby Dearborn seems as good… More…