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Car fans get an eyeful of design at EyesOn exhibition

Thousands of car-lovers made their way to the 2016 EyesOn Design charity car show at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores. The theme of this year’s show is “Powered by Design.”

EyesOn Design is in its 29th year in Metro Detroit. Proceeds benefit the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology. Over the last decade, on even years, the institute has hosted The Eye and the Chip, a research congress on artificial vision that brings global leaders in the field to Detroit for workshops. On odd years, it has hosted a research congress called The Eye, The Brain & The Auto.

It touts itself as “one of the rare concours to focus on design rather than collectibility,” according to the website.

Chance Culp took his 3-year-old son, Nolan, to the show Sunday. The boy was sleeping in his father’s arms while dad showed off the pink and silver 1986 Toyota Cressida he rebuilt.

Culp was an owner of one of the 380 cars, hand-picked by EyesOn Design officials for their design. One category is chosen by “visionaries,” sight-impaired judges who determine a winner by touching the car rather than looking at it.

With a black-tie fundraiser, a classic car exhibition in Brighton and Sunday’s show, about 5,000 people joined EyesOn Design events, said spokeswoman Kathy Lightbody.

James Dickson