Coming this Sunday: One of America’s great car shows and a Father’s Day tradition for Motor City gearheads, the annual EyesOn Design Automotive Exhibition at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House. Here’s a report from the media preview earlier this week.
In the world of high-end car shows, EyesOn Design is unique on two counts. First, the event supports a very special and worthy cause: the gift of eyesight. Specifically, the Henry Ford Health System’s Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology. Next, unlike many classic car shows, where vehicles might be selected for history, pedigree, or rarity, at EyesOn Design the focus is on one factor: design.
Here, cars can be of any era, condition, or price bracket, but they must exemplify significance in automotive design. This creative approach to car selection results in a show field you really won’t find anywhere else. Here are this year’s car classifications:
+ 50th Anniversary of the GTO –Tigers Loose on Woodward Avenue
+ Classic Era – High Culture becomes Pop Culture
+ 100 Years of Dodge – Dependable by Design
+ Color, Chrome and Fins – Symbols of American Optimism
+ 1964 New York World’s Fair – 50th Anniversary
+ 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang – The Original Pony Car
+ Tuners – The Evolution of Personalization
+ Muscle Cars – Gone in 60 Seconds
+ Working Class of 1928 – American Car Culture is Born
+ Pure Michigan – Made in Flint; Vehicle City
+ Personal Luxury Coupes – When Luxury Became Personal
+ Movie & TV Cars – Scene Stealers
+ Maserati Centennial –The Italian Job
+ Stock to Rock – Rebels Without a Cause
+ Collector’s Circle – Supporting the Car Collector Hobby
+ Military Vehicles – From War Torn Roads to Off Road
+ Indian Motorcycles – An Enduring and Endearing Tribe
Don’t they sound intriguing? MCG will be all over these vehicle classes on Sunday, but two of special interest are 100 Years of Dodge, which promises to be full of fascinating vehicles, and the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang, curated by veteran car photographer Al Rogers. He’s lined up 38 Mustangs he says are guaranteed to blow our socks off.
The annual setting for EyesOn Design couldn’t be more fitting: Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, the former home of two of the Motor City’s original style leaders. Children, take your Dads. Dads, take your children. Here’s a Father’s Day event every car enthusiast is sure to enjoy. We’ll see you there.
EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition; Sunday, June 15, 2014; Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan; 10AM to 4:30PM.