34th annual EyesOn Design Car Show celebrates race cars ‘Designed for Speed’

1929 Ford Roadster owned by Paul Storvick. (photo by Jerome Rzucidlo/AmericaJR)

Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich. — The 34th annual EyesOn Design Car Show was held at the beautiful Edsel & Eleanor Ford House.  It was a sunny day with temperature in the 70’s; a lovely day for strolling amongst the cars.

The theme for this year’s show is “Designed for Speed”, featuring hot rods, modified street legal cars, indy cars, grand prix cars and roadsters.  Many forms of race vehicles are derived from production vehicles.  There were some really sharp racers there with a passion for speed.

I spoke with Ronald Roland regarding his 1952 Porsche.  This vehicle was at Brynfan Tyddyn, Penn.  in a road race located on a circuit on a farm.  “Porsche reduced the engine size to a two-liter with four cylinders which can go up to 120 miles per hour.  It was specifically built as a race car,” says Roland. 

They built a special engine called the 1500 Super.  It has special big brakes made of aluminum 11 inches in diameter.

What do I do with this car?  “It goes to shows and sits in my garage.  I do not drive it.”  I asked his wife what part she played with the car.  She said “I let him buy it,” with a chuckle.  Roland noted that he did the whole restoration on the vehicle.  The color used to be green but was painted yellow.  “This Porsche was on the cover of Auto Age magazine in 1953.”

AmericaJR’s Jerome Rzucidlo spoke with Paul Storvick about his 1929 Ford Roadster which he says this vehicle has been in the Race of Gentlemen which races on the beach in Wildwood, New Jersey. 

“The engine is a 1953 Mercury Flathead with three carburetors that run all at the same time.  There is a gas engine which uses non-ethanol gas.  It goes 70 miles an hour and has dirt-track tires which gives you a smooth ride,” says Storvick.  “It also goes 60 miles per hour in the sand,” he added.  He named his car “Double Nutz” which has some aviation knowledge into the car.

The EyesOn Design car show raises money for the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology for the visually impaired.  They continue to research treatments and technologies for the blind diseases.

For more info about the EyesOn Design car show, visit http://www.eyesondesign.org/carshow.

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