What’s more American than a classic family road trip? MICHauto’s Executive Director, Glenn Stevens Jr., joined America’s Automotive Trust for a portion of their trip across the country – “The Drive Home 2023” – in a 1955 Ford Country Squire, a precursor to the modern minivan. Beginning in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Stevens made stops in Mt. Rushmore, Badlands National Park, the Wisconsin Dells, and more before boarding the Lake Express car carrier ferry to Michigan where he passed the station wagon off to its next driver.
This trip and its destination in Michigan speaks to the state’s critical role in our nation’s automotive legacy. Detroit put the world on wheels, and Michigan continues to lead the global automotive and mobility industry through advocacy and innovation. MICHauto was thrilled to be included on this journey and represent Michigan’s signature industry on a national stage.
About the 1955 Ford Country Squire
Manufactured in Dearborn, Michigan, the 1955 Ford Country Squire was the third generation of this popular model and a flagship of the company. Its spacious interior was perfect for fitting both the family and their luggage for trips near and far. Station wagons and minivans such as this long played a role in shuttling friends and family across the USA in search of dreams, awe, and wonder.
About The Drive Home 2023
Since 2015, The Drive Home has historically been an annual cross-country road trip featuring vintage vehicles with stops at automotive points of interest along the way to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Each tour is designed to showcase the importance of automotive heritage in the United States, and its relationship to the car culture of today.
This year’s tour focused on an American tradition, the road trip. It began in Jackson, Wyoming and ended in the Motor City at the Detroit Auto Show.