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In the Detroit area, there is an amazing array of car shows and cruises. On any given day,
one can check out the coolest rods, muscle cars and beautiful restored vehicles of nearly
every make and model. There is one show, however, that is truly unique in the Detroit
area. The annual EyesOn Design automotive design show, which takes place on Fathers
Day, June 19, takes a totally different approach, with the emphasis being placed on the
overall design aspect of select invited vehicles. Sure, you’ll see some “trailer queens,”
but you may also see an unusual Rambler, a classic Cord, a tiny Micro car, an outrageous
Muscle Car and even some tastefully modified Tuners!

The show, which is a benefit for the Detroit Institute of Opthalmology, utilizes a Vehicle
Selection Committee made up of true enthusiasts who specialize in certain genres of our
hobby. With categories for cars ranging from the teens to 2011, this is indeed a diverse
group that works all year long to create an interesting and unique show. For 2011, you
will see categories featuring the Classics, the “Independent’s,” (think Rambler, Packard
etc), the Evolution of the Muscle Car, Exotics including select cars from Honorary
Chairman Ken Lingenfelters’ collection, British Sports Cars, Micro Cars and even a
variety of vintage motorcycles and scooters.

Also featured this year are several categories with a twist. The “Extreme Makeover” class
will showcase the major design differences of various cars. You will see a ‘62 Corvette
next to a ‘63 Split Window, a ‘57 2-seat Thunderbird next to the much larger ‘58 4-seater
and even a 1952 Studebaker next to the ultra modern 1953 version. For the Muscle Car
fan, a special Dealer-built Supercars category will be in addition to the “Evolution of
the Muscle Car, 1960-1973” class. This special gathering will feature ultra rare and in
some cases, outrageous documented muscle machines from Baldwin-Motion, Yenko and
Royal Pontiac, to name a few.

Another category that is sure to be a hit is “Stock to Rock”. This one will place a stock
vehicle right next to a modified Rod or Custom. With cars in this class ranging from
1928-1959, (including an authentic fresh from the barn original 1928 Ford), this area is
sure to be a hot spot! As if this isn’t enough to make this show stand apart from the rest,
there will also be a special gathering of vintage tractors, called “Design on the Farm”
complete with a variety of neat old farm implements.

With everything from a tiny Isetta up to a stately Packard Limousine on the grounds of
the beautiful Edsel & Eleanor Ford Estate in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan, what better
place is there to spend some quality time with Dad on Fathers Day? Many shows claim
to have something for everyone, but in the case of the EyesOn Design show, it is truly an

The Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology (DIO) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization in

Grosse Pointe Park, MI, devoted to matters pertaining to vision and the eye. Currently the

DIO provides support services for the visually impaired through various support groups. The

Institute’s research efforts center on two international research congresses; The Eye and The

Chip and The Eye and The Auto. For more information on the DIO and the EyesOn Design

automotive design exposition car show, please see

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