My NAIAS Experience: Day 1 – The Henry Ford Museum #FordNAIAS

My NAIAS Experience: Day 1 – The Henry Ford Museum #FordNAIAS
13 Jan 2012

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On January 8th, I flew out to Detroit with approximately 150 other online influencers (bloggers and micro-bloggers) to attend the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) on behalf of Ford Canada. These online influencers included car enthusiasts, automotive bloggers, art, lifestyle, technology, design, fashion and parenting. It was a very interesting blend of people from 16 countries around the world.

Our first stop was the Henry Ford Museum.

Henry Ford Museum sign

When we arrived, we were greeted by members of Ford Canada. I was overwhelmed by the museum. We got a sneak peak at the Driving America Exhibition, that opens to the public on January 29th. There were not only Ford vehicles, but over 100 other cars, buses, airplanes, trains… of all makes and models, taking up 80,000 square feet! Throughout the exhibit are 60 cases of artifacts, 18 interactive 42-inch touchscreens offering a more in-depth experience beyond the museum floor. There was also a really cool diner that will soon be open to the public called Lamy’s Diner, complete with table-top juke-boxes at each booth.

The Henry Ford Museum is home to the Ford Quadricycle. This was the first vehicle developed by Henry Ford. Ford’s first car was a simple frame with an ethanol-powered engine and four bicycle wheels mounted on it.

The Ford Quadricycle

The highlight for me was seeing the US Presidential fleet…

Ronald Reagan’s 1972 Lincoln (the one the assassination attempt on Monday, March 30, 1981 occurred)

Ronald Reagan's 1972 Lincoln

John F. Kennedy’s 1961 Lincoln (the one he was assassinated in on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas)

John F. Kennedy's 1961 Lincoln

Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1950 Lincoln Bubbletop

Dwight D. Eisenhower's 1950 Lincoln Bubbletop

Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1939 Lincoln Sunshine Special

Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1939 Lincoln Sunshine Special

Teddy Roosevelt’s 1902 Brougham

Teddy Roosevelt's 1902 Brougham

I was also pretty excited when I saw this vintage pop-up camper trailer!

A few of the Canadian contingent gathered in Lamy’s Diner for a nostalgic shot (photo provided by the fab Julia Gabriel, who is @NuggleMama on “the twitter”).

Canadian Online Influencers

The Henry Ford Museum is a must see for any automotive enthusiast or history buff when visiting the Detroit area.

For more information on the Henry Ford Museum, check out The Henry Ford.

Big Daddy

Disclosure: Ford Motor Company paid for my transportation, accommodations and food. I was not compensated for my time. I was not asked to write blog posts or promote NAIAS or the experience on social media. I did this on my own. The opinions are that of Big Daddy.

Here are a few more of the pictures I took:

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Craig Silva

Craig is a passionate and seasoned travel, food, and lifestyle writer, whose words paint vivid pictures of the world's most captivating destinations. His work not only inspires others to embark on their own adventures but also fosters a deep appreciation for the beauty and diversity of our world. He captures the essence of each locale, offering readers a glimpse into the cultures, landscapes, cuisine, and experiences that make travel so enriching. Craig is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA). If you are a PR agency or brand and would like Craig to review a travel destination, vehicle, restaurant, product or service, please send him an email.


  1. It was great meeting you and connecting. Love the picture Julia took. I am sharing this on Facebook now :)

  2. I loved the Camper van on display. Great post Craig!

  3. Great hanging with you Craig!

  4. Waw I’m sure it was a great time for you….

  5. Great Post Craig! It was so nice to hang out with genuine nice people!!

  6. You take great pictures Craig! It was a lot of fun meeting you :)

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