The Henry Ford Museum is spending eight weeks showcasing the meaning of the word drive: the gear-grinding, fuel-powered ability to move forward. More than 50 classic engines are on display during the Engines Exposed exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Jan. 14-Feb. 28, 2017, to demonstrate how automotive engineering as evolved over time.
How can we get there faster? How can we dare to be better? Pop the hood and a take a look for yourself.
From guided tours to hands on demonstrations, patrons can look back as well as forward, because alongside the ability to explore historic models will be the ability to view a presentation of alternative fuel sources.
Guests can also watch a Corliss steam engine running in-person or stop by the Ford Rouge Factory, which has been dubbed “America’s greatest manufacturing experience” (additional fee for nonmembers: $16.25 for adults, $12.25 for youth ages 3-11, free for children 2 and under).
The premise of the project is innovation. By looking at the old gas guzzlers and examining the skeleton of grandpa’s prized jalopy, patrons can better understand the stories of innovation that have propelled us to today.
After all, as society moves towards advanced hybrid models, electric cars, and self-driving autonomous vehicles, the thinking behind has ultimately remained the same: keep moving forward.
From the 1965 Goldenrod Land Speed Record Car, which was once the fastest wheel-driven thing on land to one of the nine remaining 1963 Chrysler Turbines, whose engine can run on everything from peanut oil to perfume, there are plenty of wonders on wheels to behold.
Other rare classic autos showcased will include, the 1919 Ford Model T, 1960 Chevrolet Corvair, 1933 Willys “Gasser” Drag Racer, 1949 Mercury Barris Custom, 1960 Meskowski Race Car, and 1967 Ford Mark IV Le Mans Race Car – the only all-American car to reign victorious in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world’s active sports car endurance race.
Ticket prices for nonmembers are as follows: $22 for adults, $16.25 for youth ages 3-11, and free for children 2 and under. Parking is $6 per vehicle for nonmembers, but free for members.
See the Metro Parent listing for basic details on the Engines Exposed exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn.