The “centennial year” of one of the world’s great luxury marques will be observed in 2022. The Lincoln Motor Company was acquired by the Ford Motor Company in February 1922. The company had been founded in 1920 to build luxury passenger cars.
The Lincoln Motor Car Foundation, which oversaw creation of the Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum & Research Center, will hold a Centennial Homecoming on August 10-13, 2022 on the grounds of the museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan. Optional pre-Homecoming events will take place in Dearborn, Michigan on August 7-10.
Serving as the host will be the Lincoln and Continental Owners Club. The Foundation board is comprised of individuals from the four major Lincoln clubs—the Lincoln Owners Club, the Lincoln-Zephyr Owners Club, the Lincoln and Continental Owners Club and the Road Race Lincoln Register.
“This is the year to bring your Classic Lincoln to the Homecoming,” said David Schultz, chairman of the Lincoln Motor Car Foundation. “We encourage Lincoln owners to bring their cars in any condition—restored, original, partially restored or somewhere in-between. We want to see Lincolns on display.”
The celebration begins in Dearborn on Sunday evening, August 7, with a cocktail party at the host hotel, the historic Dearborn Inn, built in 1929 by Henry and Edsel Ford as an airport hotel.
On Monday, August 8, tentative tours include the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House (featuring the all-new visitor reception building) and the original Ford Piquette factory. Dinner will be on your own that evening.
On Tuesday, the Monday tour schedule will be repeated. But—that evening there’ll be a gala dinner inside The Henry Ford Museum. Attendees may tour the museum from 6 to 11 p.m. The guest speaker will be Joy Falotico, president of the Lincoln Motor Company.
On Wednesday morning, all Lincolns in attendance will gather at Ford World Headquarters for a display that will last into early afternoon. Attendees may enjoy lunch at the Ford Motor Company cafeteria and visit the Ford/Lincoln gift shop.
Thursday and Friday will be driving tour days. The committee has tentatively scheduled several interesting tours: the W. K. Kellogg Manor House and Gardens, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Meijer Gardens, the historic village of Marshall, and the Kalamazoo Air Zoo.
On Friday evening, there’ll be a cocktail reception for all Homecoming attendees at the Lincoln Motor Car Museum & Research Center followed by a banquet and the traditional auction of Lincoln parts and memorabilia to benefit the LMCF Endowment Fund.
The big day will be Saturday—a display of classic Lincolns adjacent to the Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum & Research Center. All four Lincoln clubs will have cars on display and will do their own judging. That evening, a gala dinner will be held at which time awards will be presented. Scheduled to speak that evening is Michael Sprague, Director--Lincoln Motor Company NA. Several Lincoln and Ford executives are also expected to attend.
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 the war effort.
At the conclusion of World War I, 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.
The former Lincoln Motor Company of Michigan was absorbed into a new Lincoln Motor Company of Delaware in 1920. $6.5 million in stock was sold the first day and car orders were received well before production began. The first Lincoln was produced in September 1920.
In February 1922 the Ford Motor Company acquired the Lincoln Motor Company after the latter was forced into voluntary bankruptcy in November 1921.
Additional information on the 2022 Lincoln Centennial Homecoming is posted on the Lincoln Motor Car Foundation website www.LincolnCarMuseum.org Details will also appear in the four Lincoln clubs’ publications.