EyesOn Design Car Show

DesignOn Car Show

EyesOn Design is one of America’s premier automotive events.

Each year the event attracts members of the transportation design community, collectors, and the public to celebrate and reflect on design.


Lifetime Design Achievement Award: Ralph Gilles, Stellantis Design Chief
Honorary Chairman: Bob Riney, President and CEO, HFH
Grand Marshal: Tom Gale, Retired VP Design Chrysler Corporation
Commemorative Poster Artist: Charles Maher, Firesign Design Inc.

36th Annual Celebration of Automotive Design: Sunday, June 18, 2023

The 36th annual car show will keep its usual venue, the picturesque and historic grounds of the Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores. 

EyesOn Design at Ford House

Automotive Design Exhibition 

Ford House
1100 Lake Shore Road
Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236 

Father's Day, Sunday, June 18, 2023
10:00 a.m. -  4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35 per person. Children under 10 free w/adult Active Duty Military free w/ID 

Private Eyes Brunch (Reservations Required)

11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Reservations required: $95/per person, $35/Children under 10
Includes admission to Sunday car show 

An innovative format 

This unique EyesOn Design show differs from other car shows, in that it celebrates design in all vehicle categories – from pre-war classics, sports cars and exotic foreign makes to muscle cars, hot rods, customs and motorcycles. In addition, the show is completely focused on the design. It does not focus on vehicle restoration, provenance, rarity or vehicle dollar value. Instead, automotive designers choose the theme, play a role in the selection of vehicle categories, plan each of the sub-events and approve poster art, graphic design and other aspects of the show’s format.

EyesOn Design features

EyesOn Design Car Show

In addition to the main car show, EyesOn Design features several related events and programs both before and during the event weekend including:

Vision Honored (Reservations Required)

EyesOn Design Lifetime Design Achievement Award presented to Ralph Gilles
Friday, June 16, 6:30-10:00 p.m.
Stellantis Conner Center, Detroit MI
Ticket: $225 per person - Table of 10/$2,000
Black-tie optional

Symposium I: “Clandestined for Speed”   Reservations Required
Saturday, June 17
9:00-11:00 a.m.
GM Design Dome, Warren MI
$100 per person

Symposium II “Viper Design”  Reservations Required
Saturday, June 17
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
CTC Design Dome, Auburn Hills, MI
$100 per person

For more information about the EyesOn Design car show, click here

For more information about sponsorship opportunities contact Cyndy Doherty at (313) 515-9050.

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Judging and awards

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Vehicle judging is conducted exclusively by automotive designers from original equipment manufacturers from around the world. The exterior of each vehicle is judged using professional design criteria, including emotional appeal, execution, artistic excellence, and design character and continuity. In addition, the interior of each vehicle is evaluated according to a number of criteria, including appearance, functionality, use of color and materials, and compatibility with the vehicle’s exterior.

Vehicle entries are eligible to win several awards, including one that is judged and presented by visually impaired adults, members of the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology’s Adult “Visionaries” support group. For this award, visually impaired and blind men and women wear white gloves and select, strictly by touch, a winner. This aspect of having visually impaired judges at the event continues to make EyesOn Design a truly unique car show.

Display vehicles

Vehicles displayed at EyesOn Design are by invitation only. If you have or know of a vehicle you would like to have displayed at EyesOn Design, please contact the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology at (313) 824-4710. You can also go to EyesOn Design Car Show and fill out a form to nominate a vehicle.

Poster sales

Each EyesOn Design Car Show features a distinctive poster commissioned by an automotive artist. Copies of the poster are sold during the show, and proceeds benefit the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology. Previous year posters are also available for purchase from the DIO.

Sponsors and volunteers

All EyesOn Design events provide financial support and raise awareness for aid to the visually impaired through the work of the Henry Ford Health Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, the research education arm of the Department of Ophthalmology. There are also many opportunities for volunteers at the EyesOn Design Car Show, including staffing tents, driving shuttles and vans, helping out with logistics or volunteering at the Friends of Vision Raffle.


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