Major Car Show Turns Lemons to Lemonade, Transforms into Cruise

EyesOn Design, held each Father’s Day on the grounds of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House just north of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, consistently punches way above its weight and profile when it comes to the caliber and variety of cars on display. As the name suggests, it’s a design-driven show, and the vehicles shown are traditionally selected and judged by auto designers and industry luminaries.

Unfortunately, but unsurprisingly, it’s been canceled for 2020. But rather than sitting around and moping about it, organizers have come up with what I think is a brilliant alternative: They’ve transformed what is typically a fairly exclusive event, at least with regard to the cars displayed, into a cruise that is open for all.

To its credit, EyesOn Design has always focused on design; between pristine 100-point restoration jobs, you might occasionally see cars on the field that aren’t afraid to show a bit of chipped paint or wear here and there (I supposed we call it “patina” these days). This would be all but unthinkable at an event like, for example, Pebble Beach, at least outside of the preservation class. But the spirit of EyesOn Design has always been about the style first and the polish second, and that’s something entrants and spectators alike tend to appreciate about the show.

Still, I don’t think anything I currently own is nice enough, or significant enough, to make an appearance on a typical year. Maybe you’re in the same boat. If so, 2020 is our time to shine!

Taking place between 2 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 21, this will be a fairly casual cruise through Michigan’s Grosse Pointes along scenic Lakeshore Drive; there’s no registration fee, and participants are invited to be photographed (in their cars, naturally) by the Ford estate’s suitably stately main house. That’s where the 1959 Cadillac Cyclone XP-74 Concept is positioned in the photo up top; it’s the winner’s circle photo op spot during a regular year.

There, you’ll also be able to make a cash…

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