DEARBORN, Mich. — The Oakland Motor Car Co. will celebrate 100 years of Automobile history Sept. 4-7 at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Mich. The first Oakland rolled off the assembly line in Pontiac, Mich., April 1908, followed by its Pontiac companion car in 1926. That history lives today in the GM Pontiac Division. Oakland production ceased in 1931, but its engines continued to power that first Pontiac V-8 in 1932.
This event is open to all Oakland and Pontiac production years 1908-1932. To commemorate this centennial, the first 100 registrations will receive a commemorative medallion. Each medallion rests atop a blue cut crystal base and are sequentially numbered. Only 100 were commissioned and are sure to be a valuable collector’s item.
Event activities include vintage car seminars, automobile museum tours and a trip to the Edsel Ford Estate. Additional side tours, games and, of course, food will highlight the four-day event. A special tour of the former Oakland plant site has been planned with lunch at the Ed Murphy mansion, home of the company’s founder. Seminars on metal shaping, electrical trouble shooting and installing an overdrive will be held Thursday and Friday morning. Saturday will begin with a “Parade of Cars” drive to Greenfield Village where guest will enjoy the traditional festivities of the “Old Car Festival”. Park your car in the Village Square while you take a stroll down the quaint streets of this historic turn-of-the-century community. On Friday, a banquet will beheld in honor of all those bringing Oakland and Pontiac cars. Special recognition will be given to those receiving this year’s “Distinguished Service Award.” Honorees, John Gunnell, Wayne Weber and Don Barlup will be recognized for their contribution to the restoration and preservation of the Oakland automobile.
For more information and registration go to www.allamericanoakland.com or contact John Armstrong at 740-756-4017