Greenfield Village Old Car Festival 2012

The Old Car Festival at Greenfield Village is the great grandpappy of vintage car meets—it’s been a happening for 62 years now. Here’s a photo essay on this past weekend’s 2012 edition. 

The annual Old Car Festival in Dearborn, Michigan is a good old-fashioned time. The picture-perfect streets and buildings of Greenfield Village provide an ideal setting for an antique car meet. Village employees—and many of the participants as well—contribute to the old-time vibe by dressing in period costume. Antique bicycles, buses, and taxis propel people around the streets of the village, all in the midst of a first-class collector car show. It’s fine fun.

The show is limited to vehicles built in 1932 or before, and the cutoff is strictly enforced. So if you feel like you’ve already seen enough ’65 Mustangs and ’69 Camaros to hold you over for a while and now you’re ready for something else, this might be just the show for you. However, you’d better like Fords. Just as you’d expect for an event held at Henry Ford’s personal Neverland, the entry roster is dominated by FoMoCo products. Still, there’s plenty enough variety to keep the show interesting.

In the photo gallery below, Motor City Garage departs from its usual vehicles-only format to show you some of the other interesting sights at the Festival. To learn more about visiting  Greenfield Village and all its great events, including the Old Car Festival, consult the Village website.

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1932 Buick radiator mascot
Ernie Schultz 1928 Willys-Knight 66A Sedan
Eric R. Richardson 1930 MG Boat Tail roadster rf
Ladies of fashion
Don Sommer 1930 Packard 740 Phaeton
Wayne Coffman 1906 Ford Model F Touring
Auburn Roadster on the street
1923 Brockway fire truck
Tandem tricycle
Alan Fawcett 1912 Ford Model T Speedster
Nelson Hurt 1924 Auto Red Bug
William Dreist 1932 American Austin Coupe
Jim Holcomb 1923 Nash 698 Four-Door Coupe
William A. Coleman 1929 Ford Model A Roadster
Danny M. Schaefer 1915 Saxon Model 14 Roadster
Brent and Nancy Mize 1913 Ford Model T Runabout lf
Gary Nowakowski 1917 Pierce-Arrow 48-B Touring
1908 Jackson
John and Pam Wilkins 1929 Studebaker Commander Big Six Sedan
Fred Cleaver 1922 Wills St. Claire A68 four-pass. Coupe
Larry and Pam Splane 1932 Buick 66C Convertible Coupe
high wheeler
Buck Mook Marmon racer
James C. Herber 1926 Franklin 11-A Coupe
Jon Crane 1917 Ford Model T Touring
Hugh McTavish 1903 Ford Model A Runabout
Thomas Nash 1926 Dodge Series 116 four door sedan
Fred Cleaver 1922 Wills St. Claire A68 V8 engine
Model A Ford man
Patrick J. O'Neill 1912 Buick Model 35 engine
Kevin Klein 1910 Reo S Demi-Tonneau
David Liepelt 1930 Willys-Knight 66B Sedan
Michael P. Barry 1920 HCS Series 2 roadster
Overland roadster on the avenue
Ford Model T chauffeuse
1926 Ford Model T Roadster
Brush Runabout
B. Rex and Susan Reinink 1926 Ford Model T Touring green
Lady in stylish hat
Jack Brewer 1928 Ford Model A Coupe

1932 Buick radiator mascot

Ernie Schultz 1928 Willys-Knight 66A Sedan

Eric R. Richardson 1930 MG Boat Tail roadster rf

Ladies of fashion

Don Sommer 1930 Packard 740 Phaeton

Wayne Coffman 1906 Ford Model F Touring

Auburn Roadster on the street

1923 Brockway fire truck

Tandem tricycle

Alan Fawcett 1912 Ford Model T Speedster

Nelson Hurt 1924 Auto Red Bug

William Dreist 1932 American Austin Coupe

Jim Holcomb 1923 Nash 698 Four-Door Coupe

William A. Coleman 1929 Ford Model A Roadster

Danny M. Schaefer 1915 Saxon Model 14 Roadster

Brent and Nancy Mize 1913 Ford Model T Runabout lf

Gary Nowakowski 1917 Pierce-Arrow 48-B Touring

1908 Jackson

John and Pam Wilkins 1929 Studebaker Commander Big Six Sedan

Fred Cleaver 1922 Wills St. Claire A68 four-pass. Coupe

Larry and Pam Splane 1932 Buick 66C Convertible Coupe

high wheeler

Buck Mook Marmon racer

James C. Herber 1926 Franklin 11-A Coupe

Jon Crane 1917 Ford Model T Touring

Hugh McTavish 1903 Ford Model A Runabout

Thomas Nash 1926 Dodge Series 116 four door sedan

Fred Cleaver 1922 Wills St. Claire A68 V8 engine

Model A Ford man

Patrick J. O'Neill 1912 Buick Model 35 engine

Kevin Klein 1910 Reo S Demi-Tonneau

David Liepelt 1930 Willys-Knight 66B Sedan

Michael P. Barry 1920 HCS Series 2 roadster

Overland roadster on the avenue

Ford Model T chauffeuse

1926 Ford Model T Roadster

Brush Runabout

B. Rex and Susan Reinink 1926 Ford Model T Touring green

Lady in stylish hat

Jack Brewer 1928 Ford Model A Coupe

5 thoughts on “Greenfield Village Old Car Festival 2012

  1. Greetings all. I have wanted to attend the Old Car Festival since 1972 but never had the opportunity. This year, 2013 will be my year! I want to trailer my Canadian 1928 Model A Ford “Special Coupe” to the festival. Questions: Is there a registration fee to attend the festival? Can I preregister in advance? Is there a place to park the truck/trailer at Greenfield Village and leave it over the weekend once I unload? Can I leave my Model A in the park over the Friday/Saturday night or do I have to move it out to my hotel parking lot. Any information would be most appreciated. Thank you.

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