The cars are the stars during August

Historical museum hosts exhibits, classic car show

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published July 26, 2016

 Rocko T. Carnutti and Patty Ann pose for a photo during the 2015 Woodward Memories Car Show. This year’s event will take place Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Royal Oak Historical Society Museum.

Rocko T. Carnutti and Patty Ann pose for a photo during the 2015 Woodward Memories Car Show. This year’s event will take place Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Royal Oak Historical Society Museum.

Photo provided by the Royal Oak Historical Society Museum


ROYAL OAK — Volunteer Randy Burean believes something unique is happening next month at the city’s historical museum.

Two specialized exhibits will be on display, including a glimpse at Woodward Avenue through the decades.

“I’m getting bold on this statement, but I believe we’re the only museum in the world that does a Woodward Memories exhibit,” he said. “I’ve never heard of anybody — and why would anybody else be doing it anywhere else in the world, because they’re not by Woodward — so we’re probably the only one on the planet.”

Burean serves as the car show chairman for the Royal Oak Historical Society Museum and is looking forward to kicking off Automotive Heritage Month with upcoming events throughout the month of August.

The fun will begin from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, with a special premiere party for the Woodward Memories and the Chrome, Fins & Style exhibits at the museum, 1411 W. Webster Road.

“This is the first year we’re doing them both at the same time,” Burean said.

Admission for the event costs $10 and will include refreshments. Event proceeds will benefit the museum and the Chrome, Fins & Style exhibitor. 

“It is pretty awesome,” Burean said, adding that nearly 200 people attended the premiere last year.

Burean said Robert Edwards has put together a collection of original automotive concept art that will be on display.

Edwards is in the process of making a film, “American Dreaming: Detroit’s Golden Age of Automotive Design 1946-1973,” and is trying to secure funding for that film, so some of the event proceeds will go toward his project.

“And they are going to have a new, one-fifth scale model of a new AMX in clay,” Burean said. “And it’s done by retired designers and retired clay modelers. It’s pretty awesome.”

Attendees will have the chance to meet about 30 designers and clay modelers as part of the Chrome, Fins & Style premiere night.

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 Detroit Zoo.

“And it’s all pictorial stuff of the big spots, to the best that we can do,” Burean said. “Some of the places no one knows for sure where they were located, but we think we have it pretty accurate.”

The Chrome, Fins & Style and Woodward Memories exhibits will run at the museum through Sept. 24.

The fun will continue from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, with the fifth annual Woodward Memories Car Show.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet designers, perform clay modeling, participate in games for children, enjoy face painting and revel in the classic cars. Musical entertainment will be provided by Chris Wietzke and Jaime Burean.

Randy Burean said it is a fun event for people of all ages.

Car show registration costs $15. Entrants must register in advance at the Royal Oak Historical Museum or online by visiting

Burean said dash plaques will be given to the first 100 entrants and goody bags to the first 40 entrants.

“And then if people drive an American Motors Corporation vehicle, they are going to get a special edition concept print,” he said.

The month of activities will mark the re-opening of the museum, which was closed during June and July for cleaning and interior painting.

For more information about the museum and the upcoming events, call (248) 439-1501.