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The Gilmore Car Museum has announced a special exhibit honoring auto racing icon A.J. Foyt, opening on April 14, 2018. “A.J. Foyt: A Legendary Exhibition,” which originally debuted at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, will arrive at the Gilmore Car Museum with a twist—it will feature West Michigan’s connections the iconic driver.
Are you looking for a seasonal* part-time job? The Gilmore Car Museum is hiring! The Gilmore Car Museum, North America’s Largest Auto Museum, is just north of Gull Lake and will be holding its first open house-style Job Fair on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
If you’re like most people you may have cabin fever, be yearning for spring, or looking for something fun and unique to do in honor of Valentine’s Day. One very popular annual event that is certain to help any of these is “Pint with the Past” at the Gilmore Car Museum. It’s a Michigan craft beer tasting event and Museum fundraiser held on location in Hickory Corners, northeast of Kalamazoo.
Did you know that Henry Ford had experimented with what many consider an “oddball” X-8 engine layout to replace the simple 4-cylinder Model T? Or that Walt Disney had a hand in the early development of the Gilmore Car Museum? Have you ever heard some of the surprising yet true tales surrounding the muscle car era? During the 2018 Lecture Series you’ll discover fascinating stories and little-known facts from each of these and more.
“Born to Perform – The Era of the Muscle Car” offers along with its exclusive OPEN HOODS week running exclusively December 4 – 10, 2017. The Museum has assembled 16 of the rarest and most sought-after muscle cars for this exhibit and displaying them with their hoods up gives guests the opportunity to see the power behind the name.
Two rare Mercedes-Benz automobiles, considered by many to be among the most valuable in existence, will be showcased through April 2018 at the Gilmore Car Museum.. Both vehicles are German-built Mercedes-Benz 540 K models. The 540 K was introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 1936 and featured a supercharged 8 cylinder that could easily propel it down the German Autobahn at speeds exceeding 100 mph.
While many tourist destinations dread the end of summer and associate “back to school” with a season that’s wrapping up, the Gilmore Car Museum embraces it by continuing to impact both students and communities throughout the state—and beyond. Student admission is free for all pre-arranged K – 12 school field trips to the Museum and educators are encouraged to schedule their outings as early as possible.
West Michigan’s oldest and largest antique car show held at Gilmore Car Museum August 5
“This is the event that folks wait all summer for,” said KAARC show chairperson Jim Holland, “The name says it all, it really is spectacular!” At last year’s event, over 1,500 collector cars and more than 300 swap meet vendors, descended on the Gilmore Car Museum for what has been dubbed the “Granddaddy” of all area car shows.
The resounding answer will be “YEAH, its got a Hemi!,” during the very popular MOPARS at the RED BARNS car show and swap meet that takes place at the Gilmore Car Museum on Saturday, July 29 from 9am to 3pm.
Trucks of all shapes and sized will be welcome at the Gilmore Car Museum’s very first Ultimate Truck Show and Swap Meet to be held on Saturday, June 24. The one day family event runs from 9am to 4pm and is open to all military and emergency vehicles in addition to all pickups, commercial trucks, and semi tractors 25 years old or older.
The date marks the 22nd annual consecutive Vintage Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet held at the Museum and is considered one of the largest events of its kind in the Midwest. “You’ll see some incredible examples of vintage motorcycles, both original and restored, at this event,” explains Museum Executive Director Chris Shires. “The Museum hosts more than a dozen car shows each year and for this one, we completely shift gears to all motorcycles.”
On Saturday May 20, 2017 the Gilmore Car Museum, near Kalamazoo, MI, offers the public the opportunity to discover what it describes as “Authentic Time Travel.” It’s then the Museum holds its second annual “Donald Gilmore Pre-1942 Showcase,” a one-day event which welcomes original vehicles 75 to 125-years-old to spend the day driving within the historic campus.
The Air Zoo, Binder Park Zoo, Gilmore Car Museum, Kalamazoo Nature Center, and Kalamazoo Institute of Arts are partnering for a fourth year as part of the Southwest Michigan Cultural Membership Exchange. Participating families who visit all five attractions will be entered to win a set of annual memberships to each organization.
The Golden Age of Sports Cars, showcasing nearly two dozen of rarest and most sought after sports cars in the world, is wrapping up. On Sunday, April 30th, the Gilmore Car Museum will host a “Farewell to the Sports Cars” open-house where visitors will have a change to get a last look at these iconic cars and mingle with the vehicle owners that help make this exhibit possible.
The most comprehensive assemblage of automotive related patents in existence, both foreign and domestic and dating back to 1790, has been transferred to the Gilmore Car Museum’s Research Library from Kettering University of Flint, MI. The unique collection consists of almost 1,400 archival boxes containing more than 396,000 patents, representing some of the automobile industry’s most important historical documents.
DRAFT Magazine recently listed “Pint with the Past” — to be held at North America’s Largest Auto Museum on Saturday, February 11th — as one of the Top 101 Best “Bucket List” Beer Experiences in the world. The magazine went on to state, “It’s probably the only place to drink a Michigan-brewed beer alongside an ultra-rare Tucker ’48 Sedan – unless you have one parked in the garage!”
Throughout the 2017 Speaker Series beginning Sunday, January 15th at the Gilmore Car Museum, you’ll discover fascinating stories and little-known facts from each of these subjects and more. The fourteen week series is open to the public and covers a variety of intriguing topics. Each of the Sunday afternoon presentations begin at 3 pm and are only $5 per person or are free with regular Museum admission.
The Gilmore Car Museum, near Kalamazoo, MI, is announcing today the appointment of Chris Shires to the position of Executive Director effective January 2, 2017. He replaces long-time Director Michael Spezia who will retire on February 15, 2017. “I’m very confident in turning the Gilmore Car Museum over to Chris,” stated outgoing Director Michael Spezia. “His strong museum qualifications, experience, and desire to share history with the community will serve the future of the Museum well.”
Imagine yourself behind the wheel of a car without a gas pedal, fuel gauge or speedometer. No, it’s not the latest version of some self-driving auto or the newest model Tesla electric vehicle – it’s driving a nearly a century-old Model T Ford with technology that was common when the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series, the Titanic sank, and the US entered the first World War.
Gilmore Car Museum Director of Education Fred Colgren recently announced that a team of high school students from the Museum’s Gilmore Garage Works, an after-school program that provides hands-on involvement with maintaining and restoring vintage cars, will run in the 2017 Great Race. Unlike the name implies, it’s not about high speed racing but an endurance rally where following precise instructions and arriving on time each day are key.
Artist Paula Blinco Collins, best known for her more than 200 bas-relief brick sculptures on display throughout the country, has donated her recent 2016 ArtPrize competition entry, “Mom’s Favorite Car,” to the Gilmore Car Museum. “It’s a 1940 Pontiac that will never rust”, explained Collins. That’s because her entry is a life-sized recreation of a car made entirely out of brick—12,000 pounds of brick—which is nearly four times the weight of an actual 1940 Pontiac.
The Gilmore Car Museum’s 6th annual Halloween Spooktacular is a FUN and SAFE place to have a ghoulishly great time with the whole family! The open-house style event will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 4:00-7:00pm and is sponsored by KzooKids.com.
“The Golden Age of Sports Cars, 1949-1967” is the title of an all-new special museum exhibition opening at the Gilmore Car Museum on Saturday, Oct 1 and will run until April 2017. This exhibit showcases nearly two dozen of rarest and most sought after sports cars in the world including: Janis Joplin’s 1964 Porsche 356, Nicolas Cage’s 1967 Ferrari 275/GTB 4, the race inspired 1955 Mercedes Benz Gull Wing, and an authentic Shelby Cobra 427.
Horsepower, chrome, and nostalgia will highlight an end-of-summer weekend September 9 – 11 at the Gilmore Car Museum! The weekend kicks off on Friday, Sept 9th with a Movie Night Under the Stars featuring George Lucas’ film classic American Graffiti and will conclude on Sunday, Sept 11th with the 22nd annual Muscle Cars PLUS Car Show and Swap Meet.
The only known surviving “Road Race Lincoln,” a 1954 Lincoln Capri, will be the highlight of the 2nd Annual Lincoln Homecoming. The car is on loan from the National Automobile Museum/Harrah Collection, where it is part of the museum’s permanent collection.
The area’s oldest and largest antique, classic, and special interest car show and swap meet, featuring vehicles of all eras from 1991 and earlier, takes place at the Gilmore Car Museum on Saturday, August 6th. Celebrating its 36th year, the RED BARNS SPECTACULAR has been sponsored continuously by the Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restorers Club (KAARC) and the Gilmore Car Museum since 1980.
The resounding answer will be “YEAH, its got a Hemi!,” during the very popular MOPARS at the RED BARNS car show and swap meet that takes place at the Gilmore Car Museum on Saturday, July 30 from 9am to 3pm! Presented by the West Michigan Mopar Club for its 28th year, this family-friendly car show and swap meet is the region’s largest all-Chrysler products event of its kind.
After celebrating America’s independence and uniqueness, the Gilmore Car Museum will welcome a friendly invasion of sorts by our European friends. Saturday, July 9th will mark the fifth annual all-German car show at the museum followed on Sunday, July 10th by the 26th annual British car show on Sunday.
The Gilmore Car Museum’s 21st annual Vintage Motorcycle Show held on Sunday, June 12th was a resounding success, with over 250 vintage show bikes and well over 4,000 spectators riding in from across the Midwest. Awards were presented Sunday afternoon to the following recipients who entered the show with motorcycles 25 years or older, click the title above for the complete list of award recipients.
The Gilmore Car Museum, well known for its world class collection of nearly 400 historic automobiles and being North America’s largest auto museum, will shift its focus entirely to motorcycles on Sunday, June 12th and thousands of motorcycles, from rare and iconic rides of the past 100 years, to the newest models driven by spectators, will rumble into the Gilmore Car Museum campus. The date marks the 21st annual Vintage Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet held at the Museum and is considered one of the largest events of its kind in the Midwest.
Imagine your next car without a gas pedal, fuel gauge or windshield wipers. No, it’s not the latest version of the Google self-driving car nor the newest model Tesla electric car. It’s technology that was introduced by Henry Ford more than 100 years ago on the Ford Model T. And you can learn to drive one at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, MI just 20 minutes northeast of Kalamazoo.
For the entire month of May, members of the Air Zoo, Binder Park Zoo, Gilmore Car Museum, Kalamazoo Nature Center, or Kalamazoo Institute of Arts can present their membership card at any of these five locations to receive free reciprocal admission. Participants will also have the opportunity to win a one-year membership to all of the organizations participating in the exchange.
In honor of this year marking the Gilmore Car Museum’s 50th Anniversary, the first lecture in the 2016 series was titled “The Gilmore at 50,” and has continued with a variety of fascinating topics and offered a few surprises along the way. The final Gilmore Speaker Series presentations for 2016 will include…..
Help us kick-off our golden anniversary with an all-new event in honor of our museum founders with “The Donald Gilmore Classic!” This pre-WWII car show and swap meet will be held Saturday, May 21st, with a driving tour taking place on Friday, May 20th. This new spring show will be dedicated to all pre-WWII vehicles dating from 1896 – 1942, representing both the first fifty years of the automobile as well as cars that established the Gilmore Car Museum.
Looking for something fun and unique to do on Valentine’s weekend Saturday, February 13? Take part in the popular “A Pint with the Past” beer tasting event and Museum fundraiser held at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners.
Major Stephanie Rader and her husband Brigadier General William S. Rader, both USAF (ret.), purchased a brand new Cadillac in 1950 from Akers Oldsmobile-Cadillac of Alexandria, VA. For 57 years, the Raders faithfully recorded every tank of gas, oil change, and repair made to the car. In 1994, they had the car restored to showroom condition and in 2007 donated it to the Gilmore Car Museum, where it remains on display today, now a tribute to two American heroes.
Eldon Hostetler, noted Hudson automobile collector, inventor and philanthropist passed away Friday, January 8, 2016, in Goshen, IN at the age of 93. By passionately preserving some of the finest and rarest Hudson automobiles produced coupled with his fondness and enthusiasm for sharing his hobby, and his genuine desire to give back to the community Eldon leaves a lasting legacy with great impact.
Did you know that a local inventor has been referred to as “Kalamazoo’s Edison?” Or that at one time the State of Michigan required auto owners to make their own license plates? During the 2016 Speaker’s Series at the Gilmore Car Museum, you’ll discover much more about each of these topics and others. The weekly series is open to the public and will cover a variety of subjects.
On September 21, 2015, Velocity channel premiered an exclusive look at the astounding automobiles on display at the Gilmore Car Museum.
Decades after the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment ended slavery, African Americans continued to suffer unequal treatment, especially in the South. Jim Crow Laws discriminated against blacks in nearly every aspect of public life, including travel. Although the roads and highways were free for all to use, doing so was not easy for blacks. The Green Book, written by Victor Green, provided guidance for African American travelers to find safe locations to sleep, eat, shop and even purchase gas.
Art Fitzpatrick, one half of the team that created some of the most eye-catching advertising artwork for General Motors from 1959 to 1971, passed away on November 14, 2015 in Carlsbad, California at the age of 96. Mr. Fitzpatrick donated several hundred pieces of his artwork—originals, ad mockups, and limited edition prints—to the Gilmore Car Museum in early 2015 and fifty works were selected to be showcased in an all-new art gallery that flanks the Automotive Heritage Center’s Main Gallery.
The Gilmore Car Museum of Hickory Corners, Michigan will open its doors on Saturday, September 26, 2015, as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! Offers free admission to visitors who present a Museum Day Live! ticket at any participating museum or cultural institution.
After celebrating America’s independence on the Fourth of July, the Gilmore Car Museum will welcome an invasion of sorts by our European friends from across the pond. On Saturday, July 11th the Museum will feature the 4th annual all-German Car Show, followed by the 25th annual British Auto Faire on Sunday, July 12th.
The Gilmore Car Museum, well known for its world class collection of nearly 400 historic automobiles, will shift its focus entirely to motorcycles on Sunday, June 14th. The date marks the 20th annual consecutive Vintage Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet held at the Museum and is considered one of the largest events of its kind in the Midwest.
The Packard motorcar will be featured at the Classic Car Club of America Museum’s 2015 “Experience,” scheduled for Sunday, June 7th on the campus of the Gilmore Car Museum – home of the CCCA Museum.
The Air Zoo, Binder Park Zoo, Gilmore Car Museum, Kalamazoo Nature Center and Kalamazoo Institute of Arts are partnering for a second year as part of the Southwest Michigan Cultural Exchange, a program designed to celebrate our region’s cultural richness and introduce organization members to new experiences throughout Southwest Michigan.
All hobbyists are encouraged to join the fun by showing their 1989 or earlier car, truck, street rod or custom ride during the Red Barns Spectacular.
Located on the grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum, Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum is dedicated to maintaining and exhibiting collectible Cadillacs and LaSalles, with the focus of the new museum and research center being to protect, promote and share the exciting history of these premier automobiles as well as their impact in the United States and worldwide over the past 100-plus years.
All hobbyists are encouraged to join the fun by showing their 1989 or earlier car, truck, street rod or custom ride during the Red Barns Spectacular.
President Obama’s Visit to Kalamazoo (Photo credit: WhiteHouse.gov) In 2010, Kalamazoo Central High School was the winning school of the nationwide competition sponsored by the White House and the U.S. Department of Education to promote college readiness among the nation’s public schools. The prize – a commencement address given by President Obama.
David Lyon, “The Art of Art Deco Automobile” Ducking into Western Michigan University’s Waldo Library during a downpour 30 years ago led Dr. David O. Lyon to become addicted to the history of automobiles. After retiring in 1998, the WMU professor emeritus of psychology turned that addiction into a second career as an automotive historian and writer.
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