Sunday, June 17, 2018

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.


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

2018 Event InformatiON



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

Date: Father’s Day, June 17 2018
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 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, day of the event.

Theme: The 31st annual EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition will highlight "Design Inspiration and Influences".


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2018 Honorary Chairman: Michael Martini, President, OE Division at Bridgestone America (retired)
2018 Grand Marshal: Joe Ricci, Joe Ricci Automotive, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
2018 Preserving the Vision Award Recipient: Myron Vernis, Akron, OH


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

Date: June 17, 2018

Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

Brunch tickets must be reserved in advance and space is limited.
To reserve your space, call the DIO at 313-824-4710.


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Tour the Lingenfelter Collection


Home of more than 150 cars that make up one of the greatest personal collections in the United States. 

Location: 7819 Lochlin Drive, Brighton, MI

Date: Saturday, June 16, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Admission: Donation at the door. 

Robert "Puff" Puffer Automotive Photo Exhibit to be held at The Detroit Club


EyesOn Design will host the first event in its new Lecture Series on Friday, May 11, 2018. The public is invited to attend the "Puff" Puffer Automotive Photo Exhibit from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Detroit Club. There is no charge to attend the exhibit.
Employed by Ford Motor Company for 45 years, Robert Puffer was a Ford staff photographer in the '50s, when expertise in photography was an art form much less accessible to the masses. Dozens of his original works, many being seen in public for the first time, will be displayed at the exhibit.
Remarks will be made by his son, Christopher Puffer, and by Darrell Behmer, chief designer of Ford Performance, who will recall the inspiration Puffer's photographs provided as they graced the walls of Ford's design center.
The historic and newly restored Detroit Club is a particularly fitting venue for the photography exhibit. It was at the epicenter of many pivotal events during the rise of the American automobile industry, and specifically, served as a location for mediation in the 1940s in transitioning the leadership of Ford Motor Co. to Henry Ford II.
There is no charge to attend the exhibit, but registration is encouraged to assist in planning for the event. Donations for EyesOn Design and the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology will be accepted at the door.
Click to attend the "Puff" Puffer Automotive Photo Exhibit, or call EyesOn Design at (313) 824-4710 for additional information. Following the exhibition, attendees may opt to enjoy dinner at the Detroit Club, by making reservations online, or calling (313) 338-3222. Valet parking: $10 at the Detroit Club or as available in nearby lots.

WOMEN IN DESIGN: A conversation with author Constance Smith and GM Designer (1950) MaryEllen Green, moderated by GM's Director of Design User Experience, Liz Wetzel.

Friday, June 8, 2018.  3:00 - 5:00 pm.
This event is produced is conjunction with The Society of Automotive Historians Leland Chapter.

Registration is not required, but letting us know that you expect to attend will assist in our planning. Seating for 50 will be provided. Additional standing room space will be available.

A minimum contribution of $25 will be accepted at the door for this event, with all proceeds benefitting EyesOn Design and the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology. Society of Automotive Historians members may attend at no charge.

The Peacock Room is located inside the Fisher Building, at 3011 W. Grand Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48202

Arrive early for some of Detroit's finest vintage-inspired shopping in a breathtaking venue.
Questions about the event or EyesOn Design? Call 313.824.4710

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The 2018 Commemorative Poster unveiled.


About the artist: David Chapple’s life, career and passion have been solely devoted to being a working artist. From his early studies at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, where he received a BFA in 1991, to present, the automobile has been his artistic inspiration and the central focus of his 

work. In 2014, he became an Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS) member — a longtime aspiration and a great honor. In 2007, David’s career as a painter evolved to include three-dimensional work. As a young man, he had worked with wood beside his grandfather, cutting trees and creating small pieces of furniture. In 2010,sculpting in wood became a major component of his art and introduced a new way of portraying movement in his work.

His hand painted and hand sculpted craftsmanship offers the greatest degree of quality control and freedom for creative expression. Every piece is one of a kind, and custom made.

About the car: The Cadillac Cyclone is a concept car built in 1959 by Cadillac. The Cyclone was never mass-produced as a production model. One of the last cars designed by the legendary Harley Earl, the Cyclone was a testbed for futuristic styling and technology. Built on a 104" wheelbase chassis, it featured a front-mounted 390 in engine, rear-mounted automatic transaxle, and an all-wheel independent suspension. Uniquely, the Cyclone's engine exhaust was ported out just ahead of the front wheels. It also featured a radar operated collision avoidance system, with the radar sensors mounted in twin "nose-cones" on the front of the car.

Of the Cyclone's stylistic features, the bubble top canopy was the most prominent. Silver coated for UV protection, the canopy automatically opened along with the sliding electrically operated doors. The canopy could also be stowed in the rear compartment, where it rested on a special air-bag base.

The Cyclone's design was heavily inspired by the aviation and rocket designs of the 1950s, which makes it a perfect representation of the 2018 EyesOn Design theme: Design Inspiration & Influences.

Thank you to the GM Heritage Center for bringing the Cyclone to the unveiling.
Thank you to Chef Zak of Eatori, and to Ed Welburn and his team for the generous use of Ladder 12.


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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

2018 Sponsors

2018 Sponsors In-Kind


Photos from 2017 EYESON DESIGN Events, Courtesy of DW3 Photography and the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS).

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