GM shares styling dome and heritage collection for EyesOn design event
EyesOn Design is known for its annual Father’s Day Auto Show, hosted at Edsel and Eleanor Ford’s outside of Detroit and organized by working auto designers and to benefit the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology. But EyesOn also hosts seminar-type events and announced a pair will be held June 18 at the General Motors Design Dome on GM’s engineering campus in the northern suburb of Warren.
From 9 to 11 a.m., the topic will be “The Influence of Strother MacMinn”, with a particular look at his Le Mans coupe.
MacMinn was a famous instructor at the ArtCenter College of Design in Southern California, and as former GM design chief Chuck Jordan once said, “If you’re in a car today, Mac has probably influenced its design.”
Speakers at the event include Stu Reed, Head of Transportation Design at ArtCenter; Steve Pasteiner, ArcCenter alumnus and founder of Advanced Automotive Technologies; Peter Brock, former Shelby vehicle designer; and Dennis Kazmerowski, builder of the Le Mans coupé.
From 1-4 p.m., Brock will be joined by automotive designers Randy Wittine, John Cafaro, Tom Peters and Kirk Bennion sharing behind-the-scenes insight into the design of Chevrolet Corvettes over the years.
The program concludes that evening with a “meet and greet” at the General Motors Heritage Center in Troy.
For more details and ticket information, visit the event website.
Audrain is overseas to meet the members of Goodwood
Rhode Island-based Audrain Motorsport begins its role as presenting partner for the Goodwood Members Meeting this week in England. Events include a track experience on April 6, a private tour of the palace on Thursday, a driving tour of the McLaren Technology Center on April 8 and a special view of the Members’ Meeting races on April 9 and 10.
As the event’s automotive partner, Bentley will host a special display of 10 vehicles from its Heritage collection.
Five F1 teams join the Goodwood Festival
Five current Formula 1 racing teams will send their cars and drivers to compete in the Goodwood Festival of Speed, scheduled for June 23-26, the Duke of Richmond has announced. The teams are McLaren, Mercedes-AMG Petronas, Scuderia Ferrari, Williams and one more yet to be identified.
Hagerty organizes a 4-day UK road tour
Hagerty will be working with Scenic Car Tours to present his first UK car tour, scheduled for October 14-17. The event will be based in the Brecon Beacons region of Wales.
“Hagerty has long encouraged classic car owners to get out and enjoy their vehicles, and what better reason than to join Team Hagerty for a wonderful drive on beautiful Welsh roads,” noted Managing Director Mark Roper. from British company Hagerty International, which added that the event will host cars of all types, “fast or slow, vintage or modern classics”.
Quail offers a driving tour
From August 15-17, The Quail Rally will host its 24th annual drive-in tour beginning and ending in Carmel, California. The 500-mile “car adventure” is part of the Monterey Car Week activities organized by The Peninsula hotels signature events. Also part of these events are the “Best of the Best” event on August 14 and The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering on August 19.
One of the flagship vehicles expected for the Motorsports Gathering is the 1956 Porsche 356A that Renee Brinkerhoff drove to Antarctica to complete an adventure across all continents.
Forest Grove prepares for its 48th competition
The 48th annual Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for July 17 at the University of the Pacific campus in Oregon. The theme for this year’s competition is “A Salute to British Elegance” and will feature these classes: Classic Jaguar Pre-XK Engine 1927-1951, Jaguar Post-War Sports Cars 1952-1975, Jaguar Post-War Saloons 1952-1975, British Elegance: Bentley & Rolls-Royce, and British Performance: all other British brands.
There will also be non-judged car club corrals for Jaguar, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Alfa Romeo, Triumph, BMW, Packards and for the Classic Car Club of America.
Indy Memorabilia Event Set
Billed as “the world’s largest racing memorabilia show,” the Indy Memorabilia event is scheduled for May 27-28 in Plainfield, Indiana.
Carlisle reveals Ford Nationals specials
Shelby’s 60th anniversary, a reunion of 1960s racing lightweights, 40 years of special police Mustangs, modified 6th-generation Broncos and electric-powered Ford vehicles will be the Carlisle Ford Nationals special exhibits, scheduled from June 3 to 5. at the Pennsylvania Fairgrounds.
There will also be a special display of a dozen or more vehicles “unique to the history of the Ford brand”, and a parade through downtown Carlisle of nearly 400 Ford vehicles.
The Concours de l’Ordinaire is on July 30
Not familiar with the Ordinary Competition? Perhaps you knew it by its less formal French name: the Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional, an annual motor show showcasing what you might call ordinary cars but in a regal setting.
The eighth such festival is scheduled for July 30 and will again be held on the grounds of Grimsthorpe Castle in Linconshire, UK.
Again, the event will feature “much maligned and long-forgotten ‘ordinary’ classic cars and utility vehicles from the late 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s,” notes Hagerty, adding that “the Festival of the Unexceptional remains the only competition to celebrate the everyday cars we all know and love.
Unlike the Concours d’Lemons in the United States, the Ordinary Competition is not for modified vehicles but for those that have survived decades through the loving care of their owners.