Greenfield Village Remembers The Original Cruisers

DEARBBORN — (WWJ) It’s a celebration of cars that were already classics when people were cruising Woodward.

VIDEO: WWJ’s Jeff Gilbert previews the Old Car Festival at Greenfield Village.

Greenfield Village this weekend plays host to the nation’s largest running antique car show, the “Old Car Festival.”

“Word of mouth is how people learn about the show, and they come from all over the country,” says Jim Johnson, who runs creative programs at The Henry Ford.

They will have more than 700 classic vehicles throughout Greenfield Village on Saturday and Sunday. All of them pre-date 1932.

“1932 was sort of a cut off point as far as auto design goes,” says Johnson. “They stopped looking like buggies, and started looking like the automobile that we know today.”

Greenfield Village will be open until 9 PM on Saturday for a special “gaslight” event, which will include songs of the era, and end with a fireworks display.

Admission is $24 for adults, $22 for those over 62, and $17.50 for young people 5-12 years old. Children four and under get in free, as do members. More information is available at

Johnson says for many car lovers, this festival has become an annual tradition.

“We have third and fourth generation people bringing the same car to the old car festival.”

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