An automotive concept piece called “1966 Crazy Car,” by designer Richard Ruzzin, will be on display at the Royal Oak Historical Society Museum Aug. 6-Sept. 11.

An automotive concept piece called “1966 Crazy Car,” by designer Richard Ruzzin, will be on display at the Royal Oak Historical Society Museum Aug. 6-Sept. 11.

Photo provided by Donald Calder


Royal Oak Historical Society Museum to host car show, Woodward Memories exhibit

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published July 29, 2021

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ROYAL OAK — The Royal Oak Historical Society Museum is revving up to start off the local car show scene.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, the museum will host its ninth annual car show in its parking lot. Inside the museum, visitors can check out a Woodward Memories exhibit curated by museum volunteers, as well as an automotive concept art display.

Both events are free and open to the public. The exhibit and concept art display will run through Sept. 11.

From 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, visitors can join a special preview reception for a $10 donation. The event includes refreshments and the opportunity to talk to the 16 automotive concept artists featured in the display.

“The designers will be here to talk about the concept art we have hanging all over the walls,” Museum Curator Muriel Versagi said. “The art I’m looking at right now is futuristic and beautifully framed. One looks like a submarine, and another car looks like a spaceship.”

The registration fee per car is $15, and participants will be entered into a drawing to win $100. Versagi said many car owners have already preregistered their vehicles for the car show.

To preregister a vehicle, visit the museum website at www.royaloakhistoricalsociety.com and pay with a credit card or stop in at the museum between 1 and 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays. The museum is located at 1411 W. Webster Road, west of Crooks Road.

During the car show, Sunny’s Food Truck will offer food for sale and a DJ will be spinning oldies.

“We have a 1937 Jaguar (already registered). I didn’t even know they made them in that year,” Versagi said. “I like to call our car show an intimate car show. It’s not so big that you don’t get a chance to see them all, and you get a chance to talk to the owners. They absolutely love talking about their cars.”

Museum volunteers are excited to welcome the return of the annual event, which was canceled last year due to the pandemic. Museum items also will be on sale during business hours, including mugs and historical booklets.

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 in a prior interview.

The Woodward Memories exhibit includes old photos of how Woodward Avenue used to look, as well as information about historic businesses such as Hedge’s Wigwam, The Totem Pole, Aunt Fanny’s, Susie Q, Ted’s Drive Inn, Maverick’s Drive-In and more.

For groups of 12 or more who would like to book a private tour, send an email to curator@royaloakhistoricalsociety.org.

For more information, call the Royal Oak Historical Society Museum at (248) 439-1501.

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