The Royal Oak Historical Society’s 2017 car show draws a good variety of vehicles. This year’s car show will take place Aug. 3 at the Royal Oak Historical Society Museum, 1411 W. Webster Road.

The Royal Oak Historical Society’s 2017 car show draws a good variety of vehicles. This year’s car show will take place Aug. 3 at the Royal Oak Historical Society Museum, 1411 W. Webster Road.

File photo by Erin Sanchez


Royal Oak Historical Society Museum to host car show, exhibits

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published July 23, 2019

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ROYAL OAK — Calling all car buffs.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, the Royal Oak Historical Society Museum will host its eighth annual car show. Along with the car show, museum volunteers will curate a “Woodward Memories” exhibit inside the museum, as well as an automotive concept art display, which will both run Aug. 3-Sept. 22.

From 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, the public is invited to a special opening reception. For a $10 donation, guests can meet the now-retired designers who worked for the leading car companies, see the exhibits, and enjoy refreshments and dessert.

“It’s just amazing to talk to them about the art they created in the ’40s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s,” curator Muriel Versagi said. “As far as the car show, we advertise ourselves as the best small car show in town. We kick off Automotive Heritage Month, which was established a few years back by the Michigan Legislature.”

There is no cost to attend the car show. To register a vehicle, the cost is $15, and car owners can do so online or on the day of the show. Registration includes a chance to win a $100 cash prize, dash plaques to the first 100 entrants and goodie bags to the first 75 entrants.

Versagi said the car show generally attracts around 60-80 vehicles, and a DJ will be playing oldies all day.

“People like being here because they can come into the museum, use the bathrooms, get cooled down and get to talk to each other,” she said. “We have stuff to sell in the museum too, like mugs, car show T-shirts, and water is available for a donation.”

Randy Burean, a volunteer for the Royal Oak Historical Society, came up with the idea for the “Woodward Memories” exhibit when the museum was thinking of ideas for a summer display. 

“I said, because Woodward is a popular destination and about a million of your closest friends come to town every year, we could do a ‘Woodward Memories’ exhibit,” Burean said.

The exhibit will showcase how the Woodward Avenue area used to look, including a photo that shows 12 Mile Road as a dirt road in 1902, and how it has changed over the years. It will include businesses such as Hedge’s Wigwam, The Totem Pole, Aunt Fanny’s, Susie Q, Ted’s Drive Inn, Maverick’s Drive-In and more.

“It has really grown, and the display inside on Woodward, we have a little grass boulevard in the middle. It’s fake grass, but it looks pretty neat,” he said.

The Royal Oak Historical Society Museum is located at 1411 W. Webster Road, west of Crooks Road. It is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

For more information, call (248) 439-1501 or visit www.royaloakhistoricalsociety.com.

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