2014 EyesOn Design Show Preview - A Fathers Day
By Steve Purdy
The EyesOn Design show has been a Father’s Day tradition for
27 years with all but two shows being held on the expansive lawns at the
Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores (close-in Detroit
suburb on Lake St. Clair). Eyes continues its tradition of surprising us
with unusual and creative classes of cars, trucks, motorcycles and other
things vehicular. Unlike most Concours and invitational car shows, Eyes
does not focus on rarity, precision of restoration or classic criteria.
Rather, the show has always celebrated excellence in design.
The venue, near Jefferson Avenue and Nine-Mile Road, just up-river
from Detroit, fits the theme of the show because of Edsel Ford’s
interest in, and dedicated to, art and design. He and Eleanor traveled the
world with famed architect, Albert Kahn, gathering ideas for their mansion
on 87 acres of prime lakefront property. Owned and operated by a charitable
foundation the lush grounds are as lovingly maintained as the 20,000
square-foot cottage-style mansion.
EyesOn Design organizers pride themselves on being the first to host
unusual classes like: motorcycles, sport utility vehicles, bicycles,
military vehicles and campers. After all, they are celebrating design and
those genres exhibit exceptional design as do the more conventional
This year look for some cartoonesque movie and TV cars, Indian
motorcycles, a class called Working Class Vehicles of 1928, military
vehicles, cars made in Flint, personal luxury coupes and many more.
You’ll also see the of traditional classics from the 1930s, tuner
cars, a circle of Maseratis, a centennial celebration of Dodge vehicles and
a class to honor “Color, Chrome and Fins.”
Part of the EyesOn Design week of activities is the prestigious
Lifetime Design Achievement Award – this year presented to Peter
Schreyer, president and chief design officer for Hyundai Motor Group.
Schreyer is responsible for the transformation of Hyundai and Kia designs
from plain and tawdry to fresh, modern and dramatic.
Photo by Bob Benko
We spoke with members of the Jedryczka family, exhibitors who
attended the pre-event press conference. Their car is part of a 1964
World’s Fair class. The class will show cars from the Detroit big
three that would have been part of displays at the Fair. The
Jedryczkas’ 1964 Mercury Park Lane convertible was one of the actual
cars on the Disney-Ford display that people rode in around a themed track.
At that time it had no engine since as it was powered by a under-the-car
system of wheels contacting a wood panel and guided by a big metal peg.
After the show the car was put back to roadable condition and sold though
the Ford employees where the senior Mr. Jedryczka bought it. It has been in
the family since.
Dr. Philip Hessburg and his car pals founded EyesOn Design as a
fundraising event for the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology. The show
opens at 10 AM on Father’s Day. Tickets are $20 with kids (12 and
under with an adult) and active duty military are free. There is plenty of
parking on Jefferson Avenue across from the show. Details at:
If you’re in the Detroit area and would attend one car show in
the season, this one would be it. This is also one of those shows that
people with little interest in old cars will enjoy as well.
Hope we’ll see you there.
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