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EyesOn Design car show returns with legendary race cars and designers

The Lancia Stratos HF in a 1981 race.

A southeast Michigan Father’s Day weekend tradition returns in full force with the EyesOn Design classic car show featuring an extraordinary collection of historic race cars and other programing June 17-19 at the Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores.

The June 19 show will feature nearly 200 vehicles on the mansion’s grounds, capping a weekend that includes:

  • A dinner honoring legendary car designer Peter Brock.
  • Design giants talking about Corvette design and the influence of designer and teacher Strother McMinn in the historic GM Design Dome at the company’s Tech Center in Warren.
  • A rare public event celebrating Corvette design at GM’s Heritage Center, home to the official collection of GM’s greatest production and concept cars.

EyesOn Design was founded in 1986 to raise funds for the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, a research arm of Henry Ford Health System. Schedule and ticket information for the weekend’s events are available at the EyesOn Design website: www.eyesondesign.org/#upcoming.

Leading auto designers from around the world oversee the event, which annually honors a leading figure in auto design and draws a broad range of classic and historic vehicles. COVID-19 dampened festivities, but EOD continued with smaller, modified shows in 2020 and 2021.

Lifetime Design Achievement award winner Peter Brock designed the Shelby Cobra Daytona coupe and Stingray Racer.

More than 200 vehicles are expected at the beautiful Ford House this Father’s Day. The theme is “Designed for Speed,” and all the cars embody different aspects of race car design through the decades.

Meet the kings of Corvette design

Friday night’s dinner on June 17 will see Peter Brock receive the EyesOn Design Lifetime Design Achievement award at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac. Brock’s historic designs include the Corvette Stingray racer and Shelby Daytona Coupe. At 19 in 1953, Brock was the youngest designer GM ever hired when the automaker plucked him from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

Brock will be present throughout the weekend, joining other greats in Corvette design history including John Cafaro, Randy Wittine, John Cafaro, Tom Peters, Kirk Bennion, for Saturday’s discussion titled “Stingray Racer to C-8 from a Design Perspective.”

Jim Hall worked closely with GM design and engineering developing the revolutionary Chaparral 2.

Brock will also participate in the June 18 symposium, “The Influence of Strother McMinn,” along with designers Stu Reed, Steve Pasteiner and Dennis Kazmerowski. McMinn, who helped found Toyota’s Calty design studio in California, was a longtime contributor to Road & Track and Automobile magazines and taught a legion of students that included Chris Bangle, Wayne Cherry and J Mays at the Art Center.


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