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Photos by Steve Purdy

The EyesOn Design show in suburban Detroit, on the expansive lawns at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House on the shore of Lake St. Clair, is a Father’s Day tradition. We’ll not call it a car show because you will always see much more than cars, and the car’s you’ll see there are often ones you’ll not see at other high-end shows.

A fundraising event for the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology from its very beginning over 25 years ago, this unusual show celebrates excellence in design. That means you’ll see unrestored cars, motorcycles, trucks, campers, boats and always something unexpected. That’s one of the elements we love about this show. It consistently has been the first to feature classes of vehicles other shows have not considered.

This year, they we had cars from the movies, cars that were part of the 1964 World’s Fair in New York; a celebration of 100 years of the Dodge brand; a celebration of 50 years of Mustang; a class featuring colors, chrome and fins; 50 years of the GTO; a Maserati class; tuner cars; cars made in Flint, Michigan, plus the usual classics and a celebration of 100 years of Indian motorcycles.

Steve Purdy
Steve Purdy
Steve Purdy has been writing about and photographing cars, both old and new, for over 30 years. His words and images have appeared in more than a dozen publications and his photos have been featured in a variety of galleries. He has been involved in radio, film and TV projects as well including the creation of his own radio show about automobiles and motorsports that is currently part of the Web-based Michigan Business Network. His first love is classic and collector cars which, he says, represent the best in automobile aesthetics.


  1. hello
    I have one of those 1915 Buick C-4’s also mine is red
    1 of the 5 left in the country
    please email me if you hear from anyone with a 1915 C-4

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