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Eyes on Design Car Show at The Edsel & Eleanor Ford Estate In Grosse Pointe Shores, MI (June 18, 2023)

June 18, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$35
Car in front of the The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Estate in Grosse Pointe Shores

(Updated: May 8, 2023) – On Father’s Day, June 18, 2023, the EyesOn Design Car Show, one of America’s greatest auto shows, will honor the design of more than 200 elegant classic show automobiles on the magnificent waterfront lawns of the historic Eleanor & Edsel Ford 87-Acre Estate in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

Unlike traditional Concours d’Elegance competitions, the judging at Eyes on Design is done by notable current and previous automotive designers. The judges utilize stringent professional design standards and do not take authenticity, value, provenance, or rarity into account. This one-of-a-kind vehicle display is all about pure automotive design!!

Car Show at The Edsel And Eleanor Ford 87- Acre Estate

The Eyes on Design Car Show Takes Place At The Historic Majestic Grounds Of The Edsel And Eleanor Ford 87- Acre Estate, Which Preserves A Fine Collection And Original Antiques From The Henry Ford Family.

This 36th anniversary will bring together thousands of auto enthusiasts from the transportation and design communities, as well as automobile collectors and members of the general public, to celebrate and reflect on design.

The theme for this year is “Design Revolutions,” with a focus on new and avant-garde designs impacted by design enablers such as powertrains, proportion, aerodynamics, market segmentation, and, most importantly, styling. Full production, limited production, and one-off automobiles will all be on display.

In addition, artist Charles Maher will be present at the 2023 Eyes on Design to display his commemorative poster focusing on “Design Revolutions.”


2023 Eyes on Design Full Schedule

EyesOn Design at Ford House (Car Show)
• Date: Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18, 2023
• Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
• Tickets: $35 per person. Children under 12 free w/adult Active Duty Military free w/ID

Megalifters Car Condo Vehicle Garage Lifts

Private Eyes Brunch
• Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
• Tickets: Reservations required: $95/per person, $25/Children under 12
Includes admission to Sunday car show

Automotive Design Exhibition& Car Show

•  Date: Sunday, June 18, 2023
•  Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
•  Location: Ford House 1100 Lake Shore Road Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236
(Map To Location)


An Innovative Car Show Format
This unique EyesOn Design show differs from other car shows, in that it celebrates the “Design” of the vehicle. This year, car categories – from pre-war classics, sports cars, and exotic foreign makes to muscle cars, hot rods, customs, and motorcycles.

In addition, the show is completely focused on the design. It does not focus on vehicle restoration, provenance, rarity, or vehicle dollar value. Instead, automotive designers choose the theme, play a role in the selection of vehicle categories, plan each of the sub-events, and approve poster art, graphic design, and other

Specialty Judging and Unique Awards
Vehicle judging is conducted exclusively by automotive designers from original equipment manufacturers around the world.

The exterior of each vehicle is judged using professional design criteria, including emotional appeal, execution, artistic excellence, and design character and continuity.

In addition, the interior of each vehicle is evaluated according to a number of criteria, including appearance, functionality, use of color and materials, and compatibility with the vehicle’s exterior.

Visually Impaired Judging the Classic Cars

Eyes On Design Is A Supporter Of The Detroit Institute Of Ophthalmology, Which Created A Specialty Category For The Visually Impaired To Judge The Classic Cars With Their Hands During.

Visually Impaired Judges
Vehicle entries are eligible to win several awards, including one that is judged and presented by visually impaired adults, and members of the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology’s Adult “Visionaries” support group.

For this award, visually impaired and blind men and women wear white gloves and select, strictly by touch, a winner. This aspect of having visually impaired judges at the event continues to make EyesOn Design a truly unique car show.

This year’s Honorary Chairman Bob Riney, President/CEO, Henry Ford Health.

Eyes on Design with be presenting a Lifetime Design Achievement Award: to Ralph Gilles, Chief Design Officer, Stellantis

Between 200 and 300 vehicles are present at the event, which only accepts invitations and selects vehicles based on the year’s theme. Both domestic and international automakers, as well as automotive suppliers and other regional businesses, support EyesOn Design. Leading automobile and supplier firms’ active and retired exterior and interior designers serve as judges.

Quick Summary

  • Date: June 18, 2023
  • Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Tickets: $35 per person. (Available at the gate)
  • Theme: Designed for Speed (+200 Classic Cars)
  • Location: The Historic Ford Estate in Grosse Pointe Shore Michigan


The HISTORY of “EYES ON DESIGN CAR SHOW”

EyesOn Design was founded in 1987 with the support of the design heads of GM, Ford, and Chrysler as an automotive exhibition judged exclusively by automotive designers. The event celebrates automotive design with an exclusive group of designers, collectors, manufacturers, suppliers, and the general public.


 

Featured Artist Charles Maher

This year’s show theme will be focused on: “DESIGN REVOLUTIONS”.  Featured will be innovative and avant-garde designs that were influenced by design-enablers like powertrains, proportion, aerodynamics, market segments, and especially styling. Also, the car show will celebrate the increase in electrification in the design field and highlight design, present and future, with the inclusion of new electric production vehicles and future electric concepts.

2023 Eyes on Design Commemorative Poster Artist: Charles Maher, Automotive Fine Arts Society Reflecting This Year’s Car Show Theme Focused On “Design Revolutions”


Venue: The Edsel and Eleanor Ford House
The 87-acre waterfront Edsel and Eleanor Ford Estate is located on Lake St. Clair ( Ford’s Cove) in Grosse Pointe Shores, northeast of Detroit, Michigan. Edsel Ford was the son of Henry Ford and an executive at Ford Motor Company. The estate’s buildings were designed by architect Albert Kahn, and its site plan, and gardens were designed by renowned landscape designer Jens Jensen. The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2016.

The 20,000-square-foot estate includes a man-made waterfront lagoon, a swimming pool with changing rooms for people, a squash court, and a children’s playhouse. Edsel Ford died in this house in 1943, and his wife Eleanor Ford lived there until her death in 1976. It was her wish that the property be used for “the benefit of the public”. Today, the museum estate is open for events and tours. The historic estate is located at 1100 Lake Shore Drive in Grosse Pointe Shores, northeast of Detroit, Michigan.


 

Schedule, Admission, and Event Highlights

  • Date: June 18, 2023
  • Venue: Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
  • Address: 1100 Lake Shore Rd. Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236 (MAP)
  • Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Tickets: $35 per person. (At the Gate) (BUY TICKETS HERE)
  •   Children’s Admission is Free
  • Car show tickets may be purchased at the gate on, the day of the event.
  • Theme: “Design Revolutions”
  • Phone Number: 313-936-1966
  • Website: www.eyesondesign.org
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  • Year founded: 1986
  • Number of Cars on Display: 200-300
  • Charity: Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology


2022 Design Awards Went To….

Two cars that won last years awards went to a a 1956 Corvette High Fin SR2 and a 1959 Corvette Stingray

2022 Eyes on Design “Grand Marshall’s Gold Award” went to a 1956 Corvette High Fin SR2 owned by Irwin Kroiz and Honorary Chairman’s Gold Award, and Honorary Chairman’s Gold Award 1959 Corvette Stingray Racer owned by General Motors.


Henry Ford Health SystemsEyesOn Design has raised over $4 million for the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology (DIO), the research arm of the Henry Ford Health System Department of Ophthalmology.

The Eyes on Design Car Show and Event directly benefits the Henry Ford Health System’s Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, For years, EyesOn Design has been a major source of funding for the DIO’s research, education, and support group programs for the visually impaired. The DIO is a division of the Department of Ophthalmology of the non-profit Henry Ford Health SystemDetroit Institute of Ophthalmology is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.

Updated: May , 2023

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Details

Date:
June 18, 2023
Time:
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost:
$35
Event Category:
Website:
http://www.eyesondesign.org/

Organizer

Eyes On Design
Phone
313-410-9307
Email
pchessburg@dioeyes.org
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Venue

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
1100 Lake Shore Rd.
Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236 United States
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Phone
313-410-9307
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