EyesOn Design 2016

1963 Studebaker Avanti John PetruPresenting one of our favorite collector car shows in the Motor City: the EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition. Here’s our report on this year’s event with a big photo gallery. 

 

 

For gearheads, EyesOn Design is a Motor City tradition. If you’re a Detroit-area car enthusiast and it’s Father’s Day, the odds are pretty good you’ll be at the show, held each year in Grosse Pointe Shores at the posh Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, which is a historical treasure in itself. One of the top collector car events in the country, EyesOn Design benefits an eminently worthy cause: the research programs of the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology.

Where other car shows are known to select their vehicles based on monetary value, rarity, or status in the collector car community, at EyesOn Design the focus is on one thing: excellence in automotive design, and in vehicles of every period, class, and price category. This unique perspective makes the event rather special among car shows. Every year at EyesOn Design, the 20 members of the Vehicle Selection Committee seem to outdo themselves in creating imaginative new exhibition categories, and then searching the country to find exceptional cars to fill them.

Among our favorite vehicle categories this year were “Pontiac Performance and Design,” featuring memorable Pontiac models of the muscle car era, and “On the Road, Again: Fifty Years of Vintage Camping Rigs and Trailers.” From the approximately 360 cars invited to this year’s event, you can find a very small sample in the gallery below.

 

1954 Dodge Power Wagon Steve & Ruth Speth
1950 MG TD Riachrd & Yoland Markel
1938 International-Aerocar Camper
1912 Indian Board Track Racer Tom Brim
1941 Lincoln Continental Jim Weinzierl
1935 Hoffman X-8 Myron Vernis
1969 AMC Hurst Sc-Rambler Waldo & Lisa Riesterer
1971 Hurst Jeepster Commando Lee Tidwell
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Vin Devers Autohaus
1962 Kellison J-5 Coupe James Hart
1963 Studebaker Avanti John Petru
1965 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible Ralph & Laura Cartrett
1961 Chevrolet Impala two-door hardtop Chris & Jan Fodell
1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible Bill Golling
1936 Ford Deluxe Station Wagon Rick King & Sue Markus
1966 Willys Interlagos Brent Bartley
1936 Checker Y-8 Taxicab Gilmore Car Museum
1956 Chrysler 300B Ralph Meurer Jr.
1919 Rauch & Lang Electric Keith Crain
1962 Porsche 356T6 Super90 Paul VanTol
1962 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Don & Donna McCullen
1921 Roamer 4-75 Roadster Gilmore Car Museum
1952 Morgan Compeiition Roadster Donald Ensley
1967 Pontiac Grand Prix Convertible Marc White
1942 Packard Convertible Coupe Dr. Charles Columbo
1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk Brian & Renea Butler
1964 Corvair Greenbrier Camper Allen Bristow
1936 Auburn 852 Speedster Mary & Ted Stahl
1934 Cadillac 452 Victoria Steve Plunkett

1954 Dodge Power Wagon Steve & Ruth Speth

1950 MG TD Riachrd & Yoland Markel

1938 International-Aerocar Camper

1912 Indian Board Track Racer Tom Brim

1941 Lincoln Continental Jim Weinzierl

1935 Hoffman X-8 Myron Vernis

1969 AMC Hurst Sc-Rambler Waldo & Lisa Riesterer

1971 Hurst Jeepster Commando Lee Tidwell

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Vin Devers Autohaus

1962 Kellison J-5 Coupe James Hart

1963 Studebaker Avanti John Petru

1965 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible Ralph & Laura Cartrett

1961 Chevrolet Impala two-door hardtop Chris & Jan Fodell

1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible Bill Golling

1936 Ford Deluxe Station Wagon Rick King & Sue Markus

1966 Willys Interlagos Brent Bartley

1936 Checker Y-8 Taxicab Gilmore Car Museum

1956 Chrysler 300B Ralph Meurer Jr.

1919 Rauch & Lang Electric Keith Crain

1962 Porsche 356T6 Super90 Paul VanTol

1962 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Don & Donna McCullen

1921 Roamer 4-75 Roadster Gilmore Car Museum

1952 Morgan Compeiition Roadster Donald Ensley

1967 Pontiac Grand Prix Convertible Marc White

1942 Packard Convertible Coupe Dr. Charles Columbo

1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk Brian & Renea Butler

1964 Corvair Greenbrier Camper Allen Bristow

1936 Auburn 852 Speedster Mary & Ted Stahl

1934 Cadillac 452 Victoria Steve Plunkett

3 thoughts on “EyesOn Design 2016

  1. Absolutely one of my favorite events of the year. If you like cars and find yourself within a half day’s drive (or flight) of Detroit on Father’s Day, you need to attend.

  2. What a Fabulous Show. My father and I came all the way from southwest Virginia and were not disappointed.

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