Sunday, June 18, 2017

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House 

1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI

Vehicles are chosen based on the year’s theme by invitation only, and between 200 and 300 vehicles are at the show on Father’s Day. In addition, EyesOn Design features special exhibitions and concept and production vehicles which debuted during the previous year’s auto show circuit, including ones which were awarded at EyesOn Design at the North American International Auto Show.

EyesOn Design receives its support from both domestic and foreign vehicle manufacturers, as well as automotive suppliers and other loyal companies. Judging is facilitated by active and retired exterior and interior designers from leading automotive and supplier companies. 

One of the rare concours to focus on design rather than collectibility.
— New York Times

2017 Event InformatiON



Site: Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan

Date: Father’s Day, June 18 2017
Time: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Tickets: $25 per person. Children 12 & under free w/adult.
                Active duty military free w/ID. 

Car show tickets may be purchased at the gate beginning at 10 am.

Theme: The 30th annual EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition will highlight vehicles which represent era-defining body styles and illustrate the critical role design plays in the creation of automobiles uniquely suited for various lifestyles and purposes.

2017 Chairman: Kathy Lightbody, Director of Brand Communications,  Automotive News
2017 Honorary Chairman: Anne Asensio, Vice-President Design, Dassault Systems
2017 Grand Marshal: Wright Lassiter, III, President, Henry Ford Health System
2017 Preserving the Vision Award Recipient: Larry Smith, Founder of Autometric Collision Centers



Site: Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Front Lawn, Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan.

Date: June 18, 2017

Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Tickets: $85/person; $800 table of 10; $25/children under 12,
               (includes admission to Sunday car show.

Brunch tickets must be reserved in advance and space is limited.
To order your tickets, complete the Ticket Request form or call Judi Dara at (313)824-4710 or email



Sunday car show tickets may be purchased at the gate.

Purchase Tickets on Sunday at the shows.

Ralph Gilles Shares overview of the 2015 EyesOn Design Auto Show.

Raising Money to Support Vision


A benefit for Henry Ford Health System's Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, EyesOn Design is 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 System





To celebrate the 30th anniversary this year of the EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition, futurist Syd Mead created an illustration that depicts the car show 30 years from now – in 2047.

Set in a multi-level park with an enormous sculpture as a backdrop, Mead’s illustration showcases the imagined vehicles of the future while paying homage to the classic cars of the past.

In the foreground sit the featured vehicles of 2047. Both have sliding roofs for an “open air” feel that recalls a luxury car body style from the early 1900s called a “landaulet.”

Similar to vehicles of that early period, they have their wheels at the end of their chassis. But by 2047, Mead envisions these as two large hub-less wheels in front and a large “power ball” drive wheel in the rear, suspended magnetically in the curved retainer bay.

Thirty years from now, these vehicles, like all others, would be autonomously self-driven and equipped with the latest anti-gravity suspension.

Other future vehicles pictured include a floating car with a transparent bubble body shell in the middle background, near an outdoor restaurant called the Dorado. Across from that on the right are pictured two more-traditional vehicles from the classic car era of the 1930s.

In the far background, two enormous space liners are lifting off while a faint image of an early acetylene gas lamp floats in the sky in a tribute to cars of the pre-1915 brass era.

This is the third EyesOn Design poster created by Mead. The others were done in 1991 and 2011.

This year’s EyesOn Design 30th anniversary Automotive Design Exhibition is Father’s Day Sunday, June 18, 2017 at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan. A media preview will take place there on Tuesday, June 13 at 9:30 a.m.

See or call (313) 824-4710 for more details.



Photos courtesy of the DW3 Photography and the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS).

Photos from the 2016 EyesonDesign Automotive Design Exhibition.

PHOTOS FROM previous EYESON DESIGN exhibitions 

Photos courtesy of the Don Wood and the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS). See more of Don's awards photos here and HFHS photos of the show here