Important Update on EyesOn Design Week

It has come to my attention that a couple of items in my last post were not clear or downright incorrect.  First, the IDSA Conference tomorrow, Wednesday, June 15th in Troy is free (register here).  Second, I am going to let you in on a little secret.  Here is the TOP SECRET registration link for the Eve of Eyes Design Party on Thursday, June 16th that has been reserved for people in the auto industry.  If you click on that link the party is also FREE (shhhh, don’t tell anybody where you got it) so please disregard the previous link that wanted money to attend!  And as long as I am updating things, here are the pictures and results from our last Designer Night at the Races event in Detroit.

This morning I got a chance to speak with Doc Hessburg himself while attending a special preview of some of this weekend’s vehicles.  We had a great conversation about the time he had a nice spill on a borrowed Norton (yes, borrowed!) in the Swiss Alps back when he was in medical school.  By “nice spill” I mean the bike actually caught fire (this guy does not do things halfway).  The ironic part was that his classmate who was on the back at the time became an orthopedic surgeon after the accident – makes  you wonder.  And speaking of Nortons, here’s one that will be on display Sunday.

What do you get when you cross a car and a motorcycle?  A Topolino (ba-da-bum).  OK, apparently my forte is not telling jokes so I had better hope this gig works out.  While I have attended a number of car shows over the years, I think the best part is not the cars you see but the people you meet, and this little Fiat is just such an example (part of the Microcar display on Sunday).  Lets play a game of 6 degrees of separation with this little red Fiat and the Clint Eastwood movie “Gran Torino”. “Gran Torino was shot in Detroit and the hardware store they used was Pointe Hardware.  Pointe Hardware was originally owned by Clarence Becker.  And Clarence Becker’s brother happens to own this car – there, made it in 2 steps.

For those who do not realize what EyesOn Design is all about, The annual Father’s Day show will feature more than 200 by-invitation-only domestic and foreign vehicles selected for their unique avant-garde designs. The theme for this year’s show is “Designing for the Future.” 

This year’s event showcases Boss Mustangs and beautifully restored examples of the 69-71 Boss 302, Boss 429 and Boss 351, along with the one and only Boss 302 Shelby Mustang, will be featured on the beautiful grounds of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford
House.  In addition to Boss Mustangs, Beyond the Big 3 will feature cars from Hudson, Nash, Rambler, Kaiser-Frazier, Willys, Studebaker and Packard (like this one).

Perhaps my favorite category this coming Sunday will be the Evolution of the Muscle Car 1960-1973. And if that isn’t enough there will also be a category for Dealer Built Super Cars – Ultimate Muscle with Yenko, Baldwin Motion and Royal Pontiac.

There are even vehicles other than automobiles in the Life on the Farm – Tractors category.  This Ford 541 Offset Workmaster is a great example although I thought all Ford tractors were blue.  Extra bonus points for anyone who knows the reason these tractors were offset.

Other categories not covered here will be British Sports Cars, Classics, Extreme Makeovers – Leaping into the Future, Then & Now/Stock to Rock, Tuners – Modern Day Muscle and Walter de’Silva Vehicles – Lifetime Design Achievement Award Recipient.  And just to show you what a great day it was, here’s a couple of great cars I saw on my way home.

Almost forgot, here’s a surprise I saw in the parking lot when I arrived.  When’s the last time you saw one of these scooting around?

About Frank Schwartz

Frank Schwartz is the founder of 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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