LIVONIA, Mich. – Every summer, Ford enthusiasts in the Detroit metropolitan area mark their calendars to attend at least one of the three open house events held at the Roush Collection in Livonia, Michigan. While any one of them is well worth the time, the one most fans favor is the third one, held in August, because that venue includes a NASCAR autograph session with Roush-Fenway drivers in addition to the car cruise-in that often draws at least a couple hundred fine rides as well as provides other attractions beyond a free tour of the Roush Museum.
That’s precisely why this year’s third Open House event held on Thursday, August 9th from 5-8 p.m. was so well attended. The first 350 people who arrived received a free drawstring goodie bag prior to the much anticipated Roush-Fenway driver autograph session. There was also a drag-race simulator, Mustang pinball machine, a Ticket Prize Cube from a local radio station, door prize drawings (that included NASCAR race tickets at MIS and Roush racing memorabilia), food and ice cream vendors, and even an engine-build competition – in addition to all the cruise-in cars displayed in the museum lot.
NASCAR Monster Energy Series drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne, plus team owner Jack Roush were all on hand to meet fans and sign autographs. The session was free and open to the public; all you had to do was get in line for a Roush wristband.
Car cruisers from across the region brought out their classic and special interest vehicles for display along Market Street and in designated areas on the Roush lot. After checking out all the cars, everyone got the chance to tour the Roush Automotive Collection Retail Store & Museum. The store features a selection of authentic race car parts and body panels from the NASCAR Roush-Fenway teams available for purchase, and the Roush Museum holds a treasure trove of one-off specialty Fords and prototypes – many that hold a special place in Ford history.
Earlier in the day, Roush offered tours of its Roush Clean Tech and Roush Performance facilities. The Roush Clean Tech tour offered a behind-the-scenes look at the company’s alternative-fuel vehicle conversion facility, while the Roush Performance tour allowed visitors to see firsthand what goes into producing a Roush Performance vehicle.
Despite an evening weather forecast that warned of rain showers (indeed, light rain came near the very end of the event), local Mustangs and Fords turned out in droves for the rain-or-shine cruise-in, thanks to the work of longtime Roush Marketing guru Mike Rey, who is best-known as president of the Mustang Owners Club of SouthEastern Michigan (MOCSEM). Our own Ford Performance Enthusiast Communications Manager, John Clor, took some time away from chatting with club owners in attendance to stroll the lot and shoot photos of some of the outstanding vehicles that were on display there. He shares some of his favorites for you to enjoy in the gallery below:
FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS / COURTESY JOHN CLOR