DEARBORN, Mich. – Each July, Ford Product Development employees host a car show on the grounds of the Ford Dearborn Campus. The event organizers work within the walls of Ford engineering, and use the event as a means of educating fellow employees of Ford’s heritage, as well as inspiration for future products. Unlike in years past, the 2017 edition of this annual Ford event did not highlight a specific vehicle theme.
Dave Glickman, the show’s chairman, said that despite this year’s show not having an overall theme – it was more of a test-run of the new venue than anything – he’d liken it to not just having entertainment value, but educational value. For him, it’s all about being able to appreciate automotive heritage, and learn from it, is part of the show’s purpose.
“You’ll notice we don’t just have Ford vehicles at this show – we have trucks and cars from manufacturers all over the world,” Glickman said. “Truth be told, a lot of what we call ‘new’ ideas are not really new – many have been done before. Our planners, engineers, stylists and management want to see what’s been out there before. During my day job, I involve myself a lot with patent work and I myself have patents in production inspired from some of these old designs.”
Nearly 400 vehicles were on display on the lawn along Rotunda Drive on the Ford campus, among them some 40 or more Ford Pintos of all vintages and types who arrived at the show with a police escort as part of a weeklong “Pinto Stampede – Return to Dearborn” event. Ford Performance sent our very own staff photographer, Isaac Ireland of the Ford Performance Info Center and Tech Line (800-FORD-788), to check out the gathering for us. As he walked the show he snapped photos of some of the fine Fords on display there. We’ve chosen some of his shots for you to enjoy in the galley below:
FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS / ISAAC IRELAND