This past weekend I was very lucky to be able to attend an amazing event called “The Old Car Festival” at the Henry Ford Museum/Greenfield Village in Detroit Michigan area. I attended this event with my family and met up with some vintage friends from the Toronto area as well, so it was a great little group that went.
All I can say about this event is this…YOU MUST GO NEXT YEAR! No seriously if you live in Michigan, Ontario, or can drive or fly then you must go! I had so much fun and I did not even do half of what my friends did who attended the whole weekend.
First up there were early 1900 vintage cars..everywhere like as far as the eye could see and ranged in age from the early 1900’s right up to the early 1930’s.
My FAVORITE CAR of all time from the show! Pierce Arrow!
A Pierce-Arrow was a status symbol, owned by many Hollywood stars and tycoons. Most of the royalty of the world had at least one Pierce-Arrow in its collection. So dreamy…..
There were so many cars there, that there was major street congestion as well! Traffic jam 1910 style!
If driving a car was not your style, you could have also rode a vintage bike. I love these ladies such style.
It’s a Bike Gang! How does one ride a bike like that??
There was also a couple of vintage trains that you could have taken a trip around the park on. Next year I’m doing this!
After all that car, bike and train viewing one is bound to get hungry and the village had lots of options but the best one by far was the Eagle Tavern. A real tavern from the 1800’s that was moved to the village many years ago.
You ate by candle light, sat in old wood chairs (ohhh my bum), were served by waiters and waitress in period dress and even had your name called to your table by the town crier.
The coolest part of my lunch experience (beyond the delish food) was the Greenfield village beer with my name on it!
After we ate, we went and saw some lovely singers, sing songs from the 1920s. My favorite was the “Irving Berlin” melody.
Then we wandered around some more and enjoyed the sights and sounds of the festival.
We also admired the fashions that were in attendance. There was some dapper men (aka my friend Dean).
How wonderful are these men? and Dean of course 🙂
The other Dapper Canadian man on this trip, Geoffrey Holmes.
A favorite of mine…the cutest vintage sailor boys….ever!
There were also gorgeous ladies as well like my beautiful friend Amanda.
Her dress was made by her mother (I believe) and is just wonderful and I adore it on her.
Then we all managed to find each other for a lovely vintage group photo (excuse my 40s wear, I really have nothing 1920s).
After all the picture-taking it was time to find a spot for the Big Band dance and the parade of vintage cars with their gas lights on.
It was truly magical and then we got to dance to this amazing band! The beautiful woman in the pink had the most gorgeous voice.
Then we danced as the cars drove by.
A great shot of Dean and I making magic on the dance floor..aka the road.
Liz Clothing Note: I’m wearing a vintage 1940s day dress that I recently purchased from “The Best Vintage Clothing” online store. I adore this dress so much. It also has buttons down the back.
I got to dance with all the men! Lucky me 🙂 Geoff and I cutting a rug as they used to say back in the day.
Lastly all good things must come to an end with fireworks.
And then we went home tired but happy 🙂
I hope you enjoyed my little post on my fantastic adventure this weekend and hopefully if you live near by, you can join us next year!
I will now leave you with a great video that Geoff created of the weekend (near the end you can catch me swing dancing).