(GROSSE PTE. PARK) -- A media preview for the 26th Annual EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition was held Tuesday, June 11 at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan. More than a dozen vehicles were on display on the grounds of the 88-acre Ford Estate. The theme of this year's event is Revolution Over Evolution--highlighting revolutionary changes in auto design. Exhibits for 2013 include Classics, Hot Rods, Thunderbirds, European Exotics, Chris-Craft wooden pleasure boats, pedal cars and a special Pure Michigan display featuring the cars of Jackson.
An eye catching 1963 Plymouth Station Wagon was on display. The car was restored as a Detroit Police Department Scout Car by George Park, a former Wayne State University Police Officer (1978-1985) and Ann Arbor Police Officer (1985-2005). The 1963 Plymouth Station Wagon Patrol Car took top honors as the best restored law enforcement vehicle at the 2010 Woodward Dream Cruise. Every detail of that era was recreated, down to the siren, the roof light, the hand-held spotlight and the period-perfect interior.
By the mid-1920's, Chris-Craft became the world's largest producer of mahogany pleasure boats. The boats were built in Algonac, located on the St. Clair River in southeastern Michigan. As pleasure boating became more popular and affordable, so did the compeition in the pleasure boat building business. During the war, Cris-Craft produced thousands of military patrol boats and troop carriers. On display was the 1954 Chris-Craft "Knota Screw Loose," an 18' Utility owned by Theresa and Mark Tucker of Brighton Michigan.
A benefit for the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, EyesOn Design is a major source of revenue for the DIO's research, education and support group programs for the visually impaired.
The EyesOn Design Car Show will take place on Father's Day-Sunday, June 16 from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Active duty military members may attend for free with an ID and children 12 and under get in free with an adult.
PHOTOS & STORY SUBMITTED BY ROBERT BENKO
PICTURED ABOVE: (L) Bob Grosscup, EOD General Chairman 2013 and (R) Werner Meier, Vehicle Selection Committee Chairman