The Mystique of the Automobile Festival was a great success! Watch some of the highlights of the day in this video. Click on the button to view the video in full screen mode.
The Mystique of the Automobile Festival:
A unique community event at the Lyndon House Arts Center, 293 Hoyt St., Athens, GA.
An all-volunteer committee of car collectors, fashion and art lovers assembled fashions and more than 80 cars from 1916 to 1971, especially selected for their contribution to history and condition. For selected autos, models wore fashions from sporty to elegant of the era to match a car in a fashion-car show. MC's Leslie Lawson and Milton Leathers entertained and informed a large audience about antique cars, fashion and history.
One car on display was this 1954 300 SL Mercedes-Benz Coup, commonly called a "gull wing" because its top hinged doors resemble a gull's wings when open. Tiffany Eberhard modeled a 1950's shorts set.
A gallery exhibition featured artists associated with the Automotive Fine Arts Society and antique motorcycles in the atrium gallery challenging viewers to look at the design and craftsmanship of these and all the cars as fine art.
Children used their imaginations while creating a model car of their dreams from basic wooden chassis and wheels in the children's studio.
Live music of the decades began at noon with a swing band followed by Athens' own version of Billie Holiday. After the fashion show, musical performances of Doo Wop and songs of the 60's and 70's filled the air the remainder of the day while visitors looked at the automobiles and gallery exhibitions.
A Drawing for free car washes from Bulldog Car Wash, Atlanta Highway, and signing of posters by the artist Christopher Philpot were part of the day's festivities.
Trophies created by artists from auto and motorcycle parts that were exhibited for three weeks before the event and awarded to automobiles selected by a panel of judges.
This was the first annual event and exhibition made possible by a grant awarded to the Lyndon House Arts Center and the Athens Regional Library from the U.S. Institute of Museums and Library Services. Attendance was estimated to be 3000, a huge success!