Car lovers to unite during two classic events

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published July 31, 2017

 Randy Burean, aka Rocko T. Carnutti; and Pat Burean, aka his gal Patty Ann, enjoy themselves during the 2016 Royal Oak Historical Society Museum’s Woodward Memories Car Show. This year’s event will take place on Saturday.

Randy Burean, aka Rocko T. Carnutti; and Pat Burean, aka his gal Patty Ann, enjoy themselves during the 2016 Royal Oak Historical Society Museum’s Woodward Memories Car Show. This year’s event will take place on Saturday.

Photo provided by the Royal Oak Historical Society

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ROYAL OAK — Classic car enthusiasts are invited to take a cruise back in time this weekend during two Royal Oak Historical Society Museum events celebrating everything automobile.

The first event will kick off Automotive Heritage Month with an opening reception for the “Chrome, Fins & Style” and “Woodward Memories” exhibits from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Royal Oak Historical Society Museum, 1411 W. Webster Road.

Attendees will have the opportunity to preview the exhibits before they open to the public and meet the automotive designers — many of whom live in Royal Oak.

“Several of the designers still live in town, and car nuts love to talk to them,” said Royal Oak Historical Society Museum curator Muriel Versagi. “Our preview party is so much fun.”

As part of the “Woodward Memories” display, attendees will take a trip down Woodward Avenue as it appeared in the 1900s through the present day.

Exhibitgoers will start down at 10 Mile Road and Woodward, cruise north all the way up to Ted’s, do the turnaround and then end up at 10 Mile and Woodward by the zoo.

“And it’s all pictorial stuff of the big spots to the best that we can do,” said Randy Burean, museum volunteer and historical car show chairman.

Organizers for the “Chrome, Fins & Style” exhibit said artist Robert Edwards put together a collection of original automotive concept art that will be on display from Detroit’s golden age of automotive design, with a special focus this year on the contributions of women and minority designers.

Edwards is the co-producer of the documentary film, “American Dreaming: Detroit’s Golden Age of Automotive Design 1946-1973.”

Burean said also new this year, there will be a special exhibit of vintage Detroit muscle car advertising artwork on loan from the Secreto Collection, as well as some rare Ford concept pedal cars, including a 1964 Ford Mustang from the Rastall Collection.

Admission to the preview party costs $10 and will include refreshments. Both exhibits will run during the museum’s regular hours through Sept. 16.

After the opening reception, the fun will continue the next morning during the Royal Oak Historical Society Museum’s Woodward Memories 2017 Car Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 5 at the museum.

“We had 70 cars last year and are expecting a few more this year,” Burean said.

Burean said car show registration costs $15, which includes the chance to win a $100 prize. Dash plaques will be available to the first 100 entrants, and goody bags to the first 75.

Burean said it is a fun event for people of all ages. Live music will be provided by Jaime Burean, and face painting and water-based tattoos will be offered for the kids.

Those interested in participating may preregister at the Royal Oak Historical Society Museum or online by visiting royaloakhistorical society.com.

Versagi said she believes both events are popular because this is the Motor City.

“And many people in the area worked for the Big Three and drove the fantastic cars,” she said.

The museum curator said she is looking forward to both of the events.

“I love just meeting the amazing people who visit the museum, and the wonderful stories they tell about cruising Woodward,” she said.

For more information about either event, call (248) 439-1501.

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