Get ready for the celebration of the century! The 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Motor Company, one of the world’s great luxury marques, will be celebrated in 2022, commemorating the centennial of Lincoln’s acquisition by the Ford Motor Company in February 1922. Originally founded by Henry Leland, Lincoln had begun building luxury passenger cars in 1920.
The Lincoln Motor Car Foundation, which oversaw creation of the Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum & Research Foundation, Inc., will hold this year’s Centennial Homecoming August 10-13 on the Museum grounds in Hickory Corners, Michigan, following optional pre-Homecoming events in Dearborn, Michigan, August 7-10.
LCOC will be serving as host club for the 2022 Homecoming. The Lincoln Motor Car Foundation (LMCF) board is comprised of individuals from the four major Lincoln clubs—the Lincoln Owners Club, the Lincoln-Zephyr Owners Club, the Road Race Lincoln Register and the LCOC.
This year’s celebration will begin in Dearborn on Sunday evening, August 7 with a visit to Fair Lane, the home of Henry and Clara Ford in Dearborn and a welcoming address from Edsel Ford II (son of Henry Ford II and great-grandson of Henry Ford).
There’ll be a light supper and cash bar. The host hotel will be the Dearborn Inn, built in 1929 by Henry and Edsel Ford to serve patrons of the Ford Airport. On Monday and Tuesday, August 8 and 9, there will be tours of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, featuring its all-new visitor reception building and restored grounds and gardens.
Dinner will be on your own Monday evening; there are many restaurants from which to choose, including the popular Ford’s Garage. On both days, for those not visiting the Ford House, optional “on your own” tours could include a visit to The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.
On Tuesday evening, a gala dinner will be held in The Henry Ford Museum, open for touring from 6 to 11 p.m. Guest speaker will be Lincoln’s President Joy Falotico.
On Wednesday morning, all Lincolns in attendance will gather at Ford World Headquarters for a display that will last into early afternoon. You may enjoy lunch at the Ford Motor Company cafeteria, after which you’ll depart for Hickory Corners, where a weekly cruise-in will be held at the Gilmore Car Museum; all Lincoln Homecoming participants are invited to participate, and food will be available. The host hotel will be the Kalamazoo Sheraton Four Points.
On Thursday evening, there will be an informal, get-acquainted “come as you are” outdoor cookout adjacent to the Lincoln Motor Car Museum. Alternatively, you may dine at one of the many fine restaurants in the greater Kalamazoo area.
Friday’s program will feature a late-afternoon cocktail reception for all Homecoming attendees at the Lincoln Motor Car Museum, followed by dinner and the traditional auction of Lincoln memorabilia and parts which is used to help sustain the operation and maintenance of the Museum.
The big day will be Saturday, with a concours-style display of all our classic Lincolns on the lawns adjacent to the Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum. Members of all four Lincoln clubs will have cars on display, and each club will do its own judging. That evening, participants will gather for a gala dinner, where awards will be presented. Scheduled to speak that evening is Michael Sprague, North America Director, Lincoln.
On Sunday explore the Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum as well as the others on the Gilmore campus, which include the Ford Model A Museum, the Pierce-Arrow Museum, the Cadillac-LaSalle Museum, the Classic Car Club of America Museum, the H. H. Franklin Museum, and the Tucker Archives.
The Lincoln Motor Company had its roots in a company bearing the same name—Lincoln Motor Company. That company had been created in 1917 by Henry Leland and his son, Wilfred, to build Liberty aircraft motors for World War I. At the end of the war, the Lelands were left with a well-equipped new plant and several thousand employees. Leland’s reputation as “Master of Precision,” earned during his years as head of General Motors’ Cadillac division, was enough to attract investors for a new automobile company.