DEARBORN, Mich. – One of the biggest tourist attractions in Southeast Michigan is the massive Henry Ford Museum complex at Greenfield Village in Dearborn. While the museum serves as a showplace of American innovation, Greenfield Village provides a glimpse of life in early America – and as such, it’s the perfect backdrop for the annual Old Car Festival. This show allows visitors to truly travel back in time and celebrate the earliest years of the auto industry.
Hundreds of cars from the 1890s through 1932 can be seen lining the streets of the village while owners wear period-correct clothing to really set the mood of the olden days. The festival, dubbed “America’s Longest-Running Antique Car Show,” is a fun-filled event that includes expert car-talks, parades, live music and even dancing to some of the favorite tunes from the 1920s. Beyond the cars themselves, one of the big attractions is seeing a small group of workers assemble a Model T in 10 minutes.
Ford retiree Bill Cook, our roving car-show photographer, was at Greenfield Village on Saturday, September 8, during the 2018 Old Car Festival to see these treasured vehicles in person. As he toured the grounds he snapped hundreds of photos, and he wanted us to share some of them with you in the gallery below:
FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS / COURTESY BILL COOK