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Friday, 20 June, 2014 10:25 PM

Thousands flock to Grosse Pointe Shores for the EyesOn Design Car Show

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Attendees checking out the classic cars at the EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition on June 15, 2014.

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

 

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GROSSE POINTE SHORES, Mich. -- The 27th Annual EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition was held today at the Edsel & Eleanor House in Grosse Pointe Shores. The mansion was the perfect backdrop for this event with proceeds that will benefit the work in ophthalmic research and its support services for the visually impaired and blind. With nearly 300 vehicles on display, it was a car show like no other. These beautiful and dramatic designs which are from the past, present and future highlight this year's theme: "Automotive Design's Influence on Popular Culture."

There were several categories that I would like to highlight. First being the classic era, from 1929 to 1942. These vehicles come from the golden era of automobile design which began in the mid-1920s and ended with World War II. There was the Color, Chrome and Fins section which reflects the Eisenhower years of the late 1950s and were filled with symbols of America's new optimism upon emerging from the post-war era. The jet-age has arrived and happy days were here again. Another era was the popular 1964 New York World's Fair. The Fair's Transportation Area included massive and elaborate pavilions with impressive presentations of the new 1964 models. I particularly enjoyed that presentation of the Car Show.

Other categories were the 50th Anniversary of the GTO, 100 years of Dodge, the Muscle Cars--Gone in 60 seconds, Working Class of 1928, 50 years of the Mustang and Movie & TV cars, among others. Which cars did I like the best? Well I really enjoyed all the categories, however, if I had to choose one. It would be the movie and TV cars. It was a class of cars that you can just picture the stars driving and also the car was the star too. I thought it was a nice touch to add these.

The Indian Motorcycles display carried motorcycles from the 1905 to the 2014. Founded in 1897 Indian began as a bicycle manufacturer and by 1901 the company began starting to produce Indian motorcycles. In the early 1900s Indian was the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world and production peaked in 1913. However, the original factory in Springfield, Massachusetts closed its doors for good in 1953.

The awards were held near the mansion. The judges used professional design criteria, emotional appeal, artistic excellence and design character and continuity for their decisions. Additionally, a vehicle's interior design is also carefully evaluated. Judging criteria include appearance, functionality, use of color and materials, and compatibility with the vehicle's exterior. Judging was accomplished by automotive designers and/or teams of active and retired exterior and interior designers from leading automotive and supplier companies. The Honorary Chairman's Award went to the 1954 Dodge Power Wagon. The Exceptional Merit Award went to the 1959 Imperial. Other award winners were the Kia K900 Flagship, the 1979 Maserati Merak, 2014 Toyota Tundra, the 1968 Plymouth Road Runner and 2015 Dodge SRT.

This event, to occur on Father's Day, is a nice treat for dads who taught their children to appreciate the fine art of these beautifully- designed automobiles. It was a great day with sunny skies and temperatures that was perfect. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

For more information about the EyesOn Design Automotive Exhibition, visit www.eyesondesign.org.

Related Stories: WATCH: 2014 EyesOn Design Panel Discussion at the North American International Auto Show

 

 

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It was held at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich.

 

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Check-in table

 

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"Welcome to EyesOn Design"

 

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Brown 1929 Packard

 

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Red 1930 Stutz

 

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