While waiting for a heart transplant at the hospital, 11-year-old Caden Bowles would pull out a giant car encyclopedia and chat about different specs to nurses. He could talk about engine displacement, identify obscure European vehicles and debate the pros and cons of one make and model compared with another.
It’s why family and friends say the young car enthusiast known for his sophisticated car chatter would have loved Sunday’s car show, which was created in his memory at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. For the second year, Caden’s Car Show transformed the University of Michigan Hospital rooftop on Aug. 30, to a scene of classic, state-of-the-art and exotic cars, offering children at Mott a day outside to enjoy what Caden loved most.
Caden was at Mott in 2013 waiting for a second heart transplant after the one he received as a baby was no longer working well enough to keep him alive. Despite efforts to keep him healthy until a new heart became available, Caden died in fall 2013.
“Caden would have loved all of this,” his father, Lance Bowles, says. “I imagine he’d be going from one car owner to the next, talking to them endlessly about every little detail of every car.
“We know what a huge undertaking it is to make something like this come together and are very thankful to everyone who had a part in this special experience. We hope this creates happy memories for other kids and their families during their time at the hospital.”
See full photo album from Sunday’s car show on the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Facebook page.
More than 60 colorful cars gathered on the top of the hospital parking deck and valet entrance area, some of which only come out of their owner’s garages a couple of times a year. Children had the opportunity to climb into everything from a 1915 Ford Model T to exotic luxury cars like a Shelby Cobra 427, McLaren 650S, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, Tesla Model S P85D, Lamborghini Gallardo roadster, and Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT.
Read the entire release and watch a video about Caden here.