The 2009 Glenmoor Gathering, held September 18-20 at the Glenmoor Country Club in Canton, Ohio, will honor perhaps one of the most underrated automobile executives—Edsel B. Ford, the only son of Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford. Edsel Ford was president of Ford Motor Co. at the time of his death in 1943 at the age of 49.
Unlike his father, who was a mechanic at heart, Edsel Ford understood design and assisted in the creation of some of the most beautiful automobiles of the 1920’s and ’30’s. Although he influenced the design of numerous Ford and Lincoln automobiles and was responsible for the launch of the Mercury brand, he was perhaps best known for the Lincoln Continental, which debuted in 1939.
Also attending the 2009 Glenmoor Gathering will be Mr. Ford’s biographer, Henry Dominguez, who also wrote a book chronicling the special relationship between Edsel Ford and Ford Motor Company’s first design chief, E. T. “Bob” Gregorie.
The 2009 event will recognize Alice Ramsey, who, in 1909, became the first woman to drive an automobile across the United States. A 1909 Maxwell, restored by Richard Anderson of Washington State exactly as Alice’s, will be on display. That Maxwell will be driven by his daughter, Emily Anderson, on Alice’s exact route in June 2009.
More than 175 invitation-only automobiles will be on display. In addition to the automotive authors, artists will have their automotive artwork on display and for sale throughout the weekend. The 2009 poster artist is Camilo Pardo, a designer for Ford Motor Company and a long-time, respected automotive artist.
More than 4,500 people attended the 2008 event, which included invitation-only vehicles from throughout the United States. The weekend activities include a countryside tour, cocktail party and gala dinner, cooking demonstrations, a junior judges’ program and other family activities.
There will again be a “behind the scenes” tour of the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum’s storage and restoration facility in Macedonia, Ohio, which will take place on Friday, September 18.
Click here for the 2008 Glenmoor Gathering award winners and photo gallery.
For 2009 ticket prices will remain at $15 per person. Children 12 and under will be admitted free of charge. The ticket price includes a souvenir program. For more information, visit www.GlenmoorGathering.com or call (330) 966-3600.
[Source: Glenmoor Gathering]