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."
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
more information about the EyesOn Design Automotive Exhibition,
2014 EyesOn Design Panel Discussion at the North American International