Lincoln Enthusiasts Celebrate 100th Anniversary of Ford Motor Company Acquisition of Lincoln
Lincoln enthusiasts came from as far away as Norway and Finland to celebrate the centennial of Ford Motor Company’s purchase of the Lincoln Motor Company. Although most auto historians know that the Lincoln Motor Company was founded in 1920 to build automobiles, Ford Motor Company chose 2022 to celebrate the brand’s centennial because Ford acquired Lincoln in February 1922.
The primary celebration—the 2022 Lincoln Homecoming— took place at the Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan but was preceded with optional pre-Homecoming events in Dearborn, Michigan.
In Dearborn, the celebration began with a tour and light supper at Fair Lane, the home of Clara and Henry Ford. Attendees were greeted by Edsel B. Ford II, great grandson of Henry and Clara.
Attendees also visited the home of Edsel and Eleanor Ford, toured The Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village and enjoyed a private dinner at The Henry Ford Museum, where they heard from Joy Falotico, President of the Lincoln Motor Company, who presented the Foundation with a $100,000 check for the LMCF Endowment Fund.
All Lincolns gathered in front of Ford World Headquarters before departing for the main celebration at the Lincoln Museum. There, participants enjoyed driving tours to historic Marshall, Michigan, the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, the W. K. Kellogg Manor House and the private auto collection of Bill Parfet.
The car show featured automobiles from all four major Lincoln clubs, the Lincoln Owners Club, the Lincoln-Zephyr Owners Club, the Road Race Lincoln Register and the Lincoln and Continental Owners Club, which served as the host for the 2022 Lincoln Homecoming.
The finale gala dinner featured Michael Sprague, North America Director, Lincoln, as speaker. Awards were presented by the individual Lincoln clubs.
Among the special Lincolns on display was the oldest Lincoln extant, a 1921 Lincoln touring, and a one-off 1929 Lincoln LeBaron Aero Phaeton, which is now on display in the Lincoln Museum.