Detroit Knows Cars – The Next Level
Mark Ducker and I, along with leading automobile artist Tom Hale and other art lovers, have developed the next level for our art project – an international automobile art competition offering cash prizes substantial enough to attract artists from around the world who will enter their work electronically into the competition. A prestigious panel of judges from both the fine art and automobile design communities will cull the entrants into a cadre of finalists and their works will become the next downtown Detroit automobile art exhibit. We will then develop an auspicious event to present the awards. We have been pitching the project to a variety of potential sponsors.
The Drive Home
Rod Alberts, president of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association, and David Madiera, executive director of the LeMay: America’s Car Museum came up with this inspired project over cigars and scotch in a bar one night. The idea was to take three old cars out of the museum in Tacoma, Washington – one from each of the Detroit Three automakers of the day – and drive them to Detroit in time to be part of the North American International Auto Show . . . in January. The mission was to show that it could be done, and should be done. After all, even old cars beg to be driven. We had a 1957 Chevy Nomad, a 1961 Chrysler 300G and a 1966 Mustang. I drove the Nomad and the 300G intermittently from Boise, Idaho to Denver, Colorado in some treacherous conditions on some parts of the journey, including across Wolf Creek Pass at 11,000 feet on a snowy road. Year two was a New England to Detroit route and I drove the Mustang from Grand Rapids to Traverse City, Michigan and back to Detroit. Year three is coming up and will originate in Florida with an entirely different set of cars. I’ll drive in that one as well.