Reading the thread on the car show i thought this would be a good time to remind all of the BEST car show!! The Old Car Festival is Sept 6-7 this year at The Henry Ford!Car's Truck's,and Cycles nothing newer than 1932.No Fiberglas. Speedster's yes but peroid.Gas,Steam,or El. Driving judging car games showing demos and on and on.Come find us with the 14's at the best show in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Bud.
To add to what Bud said above, go to: thehenryford.org/oldcarfestival to see a flyer on this years Old Car Festival. There are also videos on You Tube.
Like Bud said, this is THE best car show! Period.
Imagine driving your car around Greenfield Village, or maybe participating in car games on the parade field, or going through the Pass and Review and having your car announced to all. The gas Light parade around the Village at dusk is also something that you won't see anywhere else. Inagine lighting up your gas lights (or electric)and driving around in a "safe" environment, without any worries of being run over by modern iron, etc.
You'll see cars here that you won't see anywhere else. Like a 1905 Queen, owned and driven by Darren Wallace, a "Forum" poster, or a 1909 Sunset car - quite unusual. You likely would see a Stanley Steamer being driven - it's so quiet, and the sound is so unusual. The Museum staff usually brings out one of the very rare, Museum cars and runs it in the Village in the late afternoon on Saturday. You won't ever see that anywhere else!
Bud and I each bring our '14 Tourings and usually park next to each other where all the '14's are parked.
You'll recognize Bud pretty easily as he kind of looks like Santa Claus. Me? I'm kind of in between Dick Cheny and Ed Asner. Such is life.
For us Model T and old car guys, this event whould be on everyones bucket list for at least once in their lifetime.
Hope to see you there.
Yes, this is the one event that would actually be worth flying to from the other side of the world for those who live over there. Whether you bring your car or not, you will not be disappointed. I've met people who have gone this festival for 60 years straight. I will be the for sure, with my T.
I think this will be my 34th time at the Old Car Festival. We'll be there with our '16 & '24 tourings. I usually do a top and side curtain demonstration on Sunday.
is it too late to get reservations at a nearby motel?
Mike, about two weeks ago, Rob Heyen recommended this hotel based on experience and I was able to get a room there.
There are several good hotels in the area if the Adoba (former Hyatt) is booked.
The hotels on Mercury Drive in Dearborn are good. There is a Doubletree on Ford Road west of Southfield that has very good security. The Best Western off I-94(Pink Palace) also is a good hotel with a nice restaurant along with hundreds of car photos in the hallways. I am guessing the Dearborn Inn is already booked as is the hotel behind the Museum on Michigan Avenue.
Anyone wanting to know more about Dearborn accomodations is welcome to send me a message and I will reply.
There is NO car show like the Old Car Festival. This year is the 64th, making it the longest running car show of it's kind.
Greenfield Village is THE perfect venue for a car show that covers vehicles (bicycles, cars, trucks, etc.) from 1932 to the oldest that enters. A few years ago we had a replica of the 1766 Cugnot steam tricycle chugging through the Village. Where else can you see something like that?
Participants are encouraged -- although, little encouragement is needed -- to drive their cars through the Village. This is NOT a static show!! You can see, hear and, yes, even smell gas, electric and, steam vehicles running.
On Saturday night, the Village stays open longer for the Gaslight Parade where the cars light their gas or electric lights and drive through the Village while a band plays music from the bandstand. Then there are fireworks.
If you're going, c'mon by the reviewing stand and or look for my 1914 T Touring or 1923 American LaFrance Brockway Torpedo fire engine and say HI.
I have not missed an OCF since 1963, even cutting short a trip to Italy so as not to miss it.
I am VERY proud to say that this is my 33rd year as one of the narrators of the Pass-In-Review -- nearly half of them!!!
I'm demonstrating 18th century furniture making techniques that Friday and Saturday, but I'm trying to convince my wife that Sunday the 7th is the perfect day for a trip to Dearborn.
Because it's the hundred years for the 1914's will it still be 6 or 8 at a time and whoosh their gone?? Bud.
We spent 2 day's visiting the Ford Museum and Dearborn park in July. Also went to the Rouge Ford plant and watched F150 P/U's being assembled. Took a ride in one of the reproduced 1914 T's in Dearborn park. As a special surprise, was able to talk to one of the guy's who helps keep the cars/trucks running in the park. Found out that at least one of the reproduced 1914 T's have over 100,000 miles.
From there, we drove our rental car up to Lancing for the REO home coming meet. Spent a week in Lancing seeing the REO Museum and having fun with our REO friends. Also, went to the Gilmore Museum in Hickory Corners.....that's something else.
We were very lucky on the weather, some rain but not too hot! If you love ice cream, in Lancing they have Quality Dairy (QD) ice cream that comes in "Big" scoops. Was told, QD ice cream is only available in Lancing.
Keith,Looking forward to seeing you and Carol! I wonder if we will still be out back or if it's our turn at 100 there might be a change?? Bud.
Les, next time you are in Lansing and want really good ice cream, check out the Michigan State University dairy store. They make it on campus from the cows they raise on site. Absolutely outstanding and inexpensive too.
Les: Isn't it Lansing?
Hi Bud - Ya, I sure hope that we're out in front this year.
Note to everyone else, last year our "1914's section" was kind of out of the way in an in-between area. It was ok, but it sure is nice to be right next to the sidewalk.
If you make it to the Old Car Festival at the Henry Ford , be sure to have set aside a half day for a visit to the birth place of the Model T. The Piquette plant tour is an experience you will never forget. It is only seven miles from the Henry Ford.
As Robert said, come to the Ford Piquette Plant while you are in town. This is where the Model T was developed and the first 12,000 or so built.
As it shows on the Ford Motor Company letterhead, we are at the corner of Beaubien and Piquette in Detroit. Just north of the I-94 Edsel Ford Freeway and East of M-1 Woodward Avenue. For GPS users the address is 461 Piquette. Hours are Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Come and see the actual prototype Model N engine and the experimental (Model T) engine with a removable head and cylinders cast in one unit. Both are in the Secret Room where the Model T was developed.
A few years ago there was a friday afternoon tour from the HF to the Piquette plant! A bit scary at first with all the modern traffic but Well Worth The Effort!!!!!!!!!!! Bud.