5 Great Automotive Design Events next week in Detroit

If you are in the Detroit area next week there are a couple of great events you should attend if at all possible (actually there are 3).  We will start off with Event #2, the annual Eve of Eyes event on Thursday, June 16th from 6-10pm.  This year the event is being hosted by Lawrence Technological University’s (click link for directions) Transportation Design Program and is celebrating the past, present and future of design greatness.  If you have never been before, you are missing a great opportunity to connect with automotive designers and key executives in the industry as well as spend an evening hanging out with people who love beautiful cars.  This year is made even more special because the event is an advance celebration of the Lifetime Design Achievement Award for Walter de’Silva who is the Head of Volkswagen Group Design which includes: Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, SEAT, Skoda, and VW. (Read on for details on attending)….

If you would like to attend the Eve on Eyes of Design party you can purchase tickets here  Or you can get in touch with me directly as I may still have a few guest passes available when you read this.  Please note that a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology to support their work with the visually impaired.

The first event of the week is actually on Wednesday, June 15th, (the day before the Eve of Eyes Event) the Michigan Chapter of IDSA (Industrial Design Society of America) is hosting a conference on The Business of Innovation.  The event will include a lively panel discussion on how “design thinking” can be used as a differentiating tool in the construction of the business strategy. For example, how to use industrial design, not just in the later stages of development, but as an integral part of vision & strategy right from the outset to generate a better experience for your customers, increase sales and save money too!  The event is being held at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy.  If you wish to register for the event, please RSVP here.

Event #3 is the Vision Honored black-tie gala which celebrates the work of Walter de’Silva, head of Volkswagen Group Design, for his contributions to the industry.  Mr. de’Silva is the latest inductee in this special group as each year the previous recipients select the newest member.  Form the EyesOn website “Vision Honored is attended by members of the automotive design profession, industry executives, and individuals who support EyesOn Design and the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology. Arriving guests are greeted with a spectacular display of vehicles representing designs of past, present and future. The evening begins with hors d’oeuvres and beverages followed by a presentation paying tribute to the honored Lifetime Design Achievement Award recipient. Guests then enjoy a magnificent dinner, followed by a celebration of desserts & music.”  This year’s event is being held at Ford’s Piquette Avenue Plant, click this link for tickets.

Saturday June 18th is Event #4, a special tour of The Lingenfelter Collection.  The Collection is one of the great personal automotive collections (owned by Ken Lingenfelter) in America and is rarely opened to the public. What started out as five cars packed into a modest three-car garage has since grown into a beautiful collection of more than 150 cars in a 40,000 square foot space. Today, the Collection holds a variety of Corvettes, muscle cars, and exotics. Several vehicles in the Collection are among the most rare automobiles in the world, including a Bugatti Veyron, an Enzo Ferrari, and a Lamborghini Reventón.  For tickets please click on the link here.

And the weeks ends with the EyesOn Design Car Show and Automotive Design Exhibition on Sunday, June 19th at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores.  Yes, that’s Father’s Day and if any of my children are reading this know they should know what I want to do that day.  I can’t imagine anything more fun than sharing my love for the automobile with them.  Click here to see pictures from past events.  One of the great things about the show is that vehicles are by invitation only and are chosen around a central theme.

From their website  “Judging is facilitated by active and retired exterior and interior designers from leading automotive and supplier companies. In its twenty-fourth year, EyesOn Design is a benefit for the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, an internationally-recognized non-profit which accelerates the development of “artificial vision” — technology which will one day allow some blind and visually impaired persons to regain the vision to see the world around them, including seeing the designs of automobiles.”

Next week we will bring you a preview of The EyesOn events (because I got a press pass – woohoo) and look for a complete report the following week.

About Frank Schwartz

Frank Schwartz is the founder of CarFriend.me and Advanced Automotive Consulting Services, partner in The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment and serial entrepeneur. A long time automotive enthusiast, Frank started reading car magazines at the age of 8 and has spent 30+ years working inside the automotive industry. In his spare time Frank races with the Sports Car Club of America, spends time working on his numerous project cars and supports many local charities.
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