Warning: If you are not a car enthusiast, most of this blog post may not interest you. Having said that, if you’re not a car enthusiast you probably got bored of this blog a long time ago… Bring on the cars!!
Friday we said goodbye to Chicago and headed east into Indiana and then Michigan to Detroit. I drove most of the way, and the roads ranged from pot-holed, narrow lanes to long, smooth multi-lane highways, and everything in between. It was a lovely day though, and nice to just have a quiet drive without a million stops along the way. We even had time for a dip in the pool at our hotel when we arrived.
Saturday we went to the Henry Ford Museum, which disappointingly didn’t have most of their cars on show due to renovations, but was still an entertaining day trip. It would be a great place to visit for families as there are heaps of interactive exhibits and fun things for kids to do.
A 1962 experimental Mustang.
Nathan in a 1975 Combine Harvester.
The Oscar Mayer Weiner-mobile.
The Dymaxion House was designed to be built after the war using old aircraft factories. It was cheap, lightweight and could be assembled in a few days. Oh, and it's completely round! The concept lacked funding and never took off...
We got to have a go at putting a few parts on a 1917 Model T Ford. They take it apart every morning and let the visitors put it back together!
The "Tower of Power". You cranked the handle to generate power, which was measured in 40 watt light bulbs. It was hard work!
Sunday we saw the Walter P Chrysler Museum, which is significantly smaller than the Henry Ford Museum, but for car enthusiasts we HIGHLY recommend it.
Appropriate parking for the 300C.
1934 Chrysler Airflow - the first car to be designed in a wind tunnel! This was my favourite car in the museum - it looked very "Al Capone" gangster-ish.
1953 Hudson Hornet. Whether you're a "Driving Miss Daisy" or a "Doc Hudson" fan, this car is cool either way!
1956 Custom Royal Lancer D-500. Complete with sound system - an actual record player!
1955 Chrysler 300, named because of the 300 horsepower Hemi V8 engine - the most powerful production passenger car engine in the world at the time.
1950 Jeep "Jeepster"
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona. Also known as the Plymouth Superbird, or "The King".
Test driving* a 1999 Plymouth Prowler. *I wish...
Aaah, the classic Dodge Charger. I heart American muscle cars.
Other than being “Motor City”, Detroit is also famous, or infamous, for being a bit run-down. What people often don’t mention, is this is a stark contrast from Detroit’s “glory days” when it was obviously a rich, prosperous, beautiful city. Much of this beauty is still evident in the magnificent buildings in the down-town area. Some are lovingly restored and maintained. Others, are not…
General Motors World Headquarters
Inside the very impressive Guardian Building
The breathtakingly beautiful Michigan Theatre was built in 1926 and could seat over 4000. It is now used as a parking garage.
Looking towards the back of the theatre. It was partially demolished in 1976, but you can still imagine how grand it must have been.
I think this was originally the lobby. It's now a home for several families of birds...
It’s hard to believe we only have one more week to go. Next stop, Niagara Falls.