By SUE SUCHYTA
Times Herald Newspapers
DEARBORN – Vintage vehicles from the dawn of the 20th century descended on The Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village Sept. 10 and 11, delighting visitors and providing a glimpse into a bygone era.
The Old Car Festival, as opposed to the Motor Muster, is for vehicles built through the 1930s, and include the pricey Packard, Peerless and Pierce Arrow, along with Cadillacs, Lincolns and LaSalles, and Indiana-built Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs.
Model T and Model A roadsters were everywhere – it is the hometown of Henry Ford – but so were rarer vehicles, whether commercial or personal vehicles, motorcycles or speedsters.
The Grand Army of the Republic greeted visitors near the Ford birthplace, while a piano player tirelessly performed ragtime music near the ever-popular frozen custard stand.
In keeping with the era of the early automobile, suffragettes in costume told of the work to win women the right to vote.
The classic cars didn’t just park in staid rows: The village streets were filled with automotive gems as drivers made their way to the review stand on Main Street or to Maple Grove for competitive races.
Bygone era bicycles were out in force, as well, near the town hall, with sizes fitting children to adults. But cars were the main focus, from an era before minivans, trucks and sport utility vehicles dominated the market, from luxury rides to utilitarian wheels for the masses.
As fall arrives, Hallowe’en at Greenfield Village will begin Oct. 6 and run through Oct. 31, while “Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume” continues to run through Jan. 1 at the museum.