CLAWSON, Mich. – For a solid 21 years in a row, the Clawson (Michigan) Lions Club has hosted a large car show titled “Down on Main Street” in the heart of the small suburban Detroit town of Clawson, Michigan. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that the name of the show mirrors that of a popular song from one of Detroit’s most famous rock-n-roll artists, Bob Seger. What’s more certain is that Detroit-area car guys (and gals) will go just about anywhere in the region to show off their prized rides. And what makes events like this even better for the collector car community is that this show’s goal is to raise money for local charities. Proceeds support Leader Dogs for the Blind, Eversight Michigan, Beaumont Silent Children, the Penrickton Center for Blind Children, and other charities and projects throughout the year.
The annual “Down on Main Street” show generally draws big numbers to the little town of Clawson, with some 400 cars registered and parked door-to-door along both sides of Main Street, and more than 8,000 people attending. When it came to the Fords on display here, we noticed a wide variety, ranging from early model Mustangs to Starliners, Comets, F-100’s and more. Trophies were not lacking at this show either, as more than 100 were awarded to the top vehicles of each class.
Our own car show fanatic and Ford Marketing retiree Bill Cook was down on Main Street in Clawson on August 10th this past summer, and walked the show with camera in hand to capture these photos of some of the top Blue Oval rides at the event:
FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS / COURTESY BILL COOK