Posted on June 5th, 2015

20th annual Vintage Motorcycle Show Rolls into the Gilmore Car Museum

cycle 04 cThe 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.

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 in Hickory Corners, MI. Those driven by spectators of the event, including new, old, and custom rides, receive the VIP treatment and take up a large portion of the Museum grounds in what Spezia describes as “a wonderful bike show itself.”

“You’ll see some of the best examples of original and restored vintage motorcycles at this event,” explains Museum Executive Director Michael Spezia. “And few extras this year.”

The Vintage Show will feature antique and vintage motorcycles, scooters, and customs, all 25 years and older arranged in two areas. Judged on a points system will be the Master Class, representing the very best-of-the-best restored bikes. Peer judging will also take place, making up … Read More

Posted on April 9th, 2015

News Release: 2015 CCCA Museum “Experience” on June 7, 2015

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.

Both Full Classic® and non-Classic Packard automobiles built from 1899 to 1958 are welcome. Automobile owners need not be CCCA members to display their cars at the 2015 “Experience.”  In addition to Packard automobiles, Full Classics® owned by CCCA members may be displayed on the show field.

“For CCCA members—and Packard enthusiasts—who have not visited the CCCA Museum and Library recently, this is a great year to do so,” said Howard Freedman, CCCA Museum president.“There is really nothing else like it in the world. This is the only museum devoted solely to Classic automobiles.”

Sunday events, in addition to the Classic automobiles on display, will include a silent auction of unique automobile-related items and a 1 p.m. presentation by Leslie and Leigh Keno: “Passage Through Time: The Importance of Originality and Preservation in the Art Market and the Historic Car Market.” A narrated awards-drive-by will take place later that afternoon, followed by a post-show farewell supper.

2015 “Experience” attendees will see two new

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Posted on March 26th, 2015

BIG NEWS! Five Southwest Institutions to Offer Free Admission for Members in May

Southwest Michigan Cultural Exchange Program launches 2nd annual event



The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan is joining forces with four other local institutions and will be offering free admission throughout the month of May to all members of each participating organization.

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.

Representatives of the program believe that this area of Michigan is fortunate to have some of the best cultural organizations of their kind in the country, and each of these organizations is committed to providing the highest quality service to the public. As a cohesive group, the Cultural Exchange Program is thrilled to offer such a unique and diverse program to the Southwest Michigan community.

“By partnering in the Cultural Exchange,” says Jay Follis, Director of Marketing at the Gilmore Car Museum, “we all feel that we can make each organization more accessible to a broader segment of our community.”

Guests presenting their membership card from … Read More

Posted on September 5th, 2014

Grand Opening of The Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum

Gilmore Car Museum Continues to Grow with Grand Opening of The Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum on Sunday, September 28th


Gilmore Car Museum Continues to Grow with Grand Opening of
The Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum on Sunday, September 28th

Gilmore Car Museum
Contact: Jay Follis, Director of Marketing
269-671-5089, ext. 13

Hickory Corners, MI —- The Gilmore Car Museum will once again make history as it celebrates the Grand Opening of the new Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum and Research Center on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Located on the grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum, this 10,000 square-foot building 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.

Throughout history, Cadillac has set the standard for automotive excellence since 1902, when Henry Leland persuaded the owners of a failing Detroit car company to reorganize and build cars using his precision-designed and manufactured engine.

In the beginning, Henry Leland had worked as a precision machinist for Colt firearms in Connecticut before moving to Detroit and … Read More

Posted on August 1st, 2014

Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum

Gilmore Car Museum Unveils Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum on Saturday, August 9th


Gilmore Car Museum
Contact: Jay Follis, Director of Marketing
269-671-5089, ext. 13

Hickory Corners, MI —- The long anticipated Lincoln Motorcar Heritage Museum, built on the campus of the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, is set to open to the public on Saturday August 9th with an official dedication ceremony scheduled for 5pm.

The all-new museum, patterned after a historic Lincoln dealership, was built by the Lincoln Motor Car Foundation, which was established in 1999 by members of various national Lincoln clubs and retired Ford Motor Company executives to share Lincoln’s living legacy.

The Gilmore Museum already hosts more than 80,000 visitors each year and it is expected that the new Lincoln Museum will add to that draw.

“We expect quite a turnout of Lincoln aficionados this coming weekend,” said David Schultz, Lincoln Motorcar Foundation President, whose responsibility included completion of the Museum’s interior. “A fine committee has planned a wonderful slate of activities for the dedication weekend.”

Among the 20 automobiles that will be on display when the museum opens are a one-off 1939 Lincoln K convertible sedan built by LeBaron-Briggs for a … Read More

Posted on July 1st, 2014

Largest Car Show of the Season Arrives Saturday, August 2nd



You’ve waited all summer for the “Grand Daddy” of all car shows and now it’s time for the RED BARNS SPECTACULAR at the Gilmore Car Museum on Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 8am-4pm. The name says it all—it’s the area’s oldest and largest antique, classic, and special interest and collector car show and swap meet, featuring vehicles from all eras.

Celebrating its 34th year, the RED BARNS SPECTACULAR has been sponsored continuously by the Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restorers Club and the Gilmore Car Museum since it began in 1980. Among the over 1,200 show cars, this year’s highlights will include a Ford Mustang Corral, station wagons as the featured auto, vintage military vehicles, old time campers, classic boats and a parade of very rare “High Wheeler” automobiles that are over 100 years old and much more.

There’s always something for everyone at the RED BARNS SPECTACULAR: a vast automotive parts swap meet, several dozen collector cars for sale, a flea market with large assortment of antiques and crafts, the museum’s ever-expanding exhibits – including the special exhibition: “American Legends: Hot Rods & Customs,” … Read More

Posted on March 15th, 2014

Gilmore Car Museum Highlights Presidential Visits This Weekend

Abraham Lincoln

In 1856, when future president Abraham Lincoln spoke in Kalamazoo’s Bronson Park, he was a minor political figure taking part in a campaign rally for the first Republican presidential candidate. Four years later, Lincoln was elected our 16th President.

Just two years after Lincoln’s visit, Kalamazoo Central High School opened, becoming Michigan’s first public high school. In 1859, its first graduating class totaled 8 students – 5 boys and 3 girls—and the school went on to become a model for public high schools nationwide.

Within 150 years, Barack Obama was elected as the nation’s 44th President and the students of Kalamazoo Central had won the President’s 2010 Race to the Top Commencement Challenge. Their prize was having the President come to Kalamazoo and delivering the commencement speech to the Class of 2010.

This Sunday, April 13th at 3pm, the Gilmore Car Museum’s Spring Speakers Series highlights these two Presidential visits with Lincoln scholar Tom George and former Kalamazoo Central principal Von Washington, Jr. During their lecture, you’ll learn of new research and discoveries into President Lincoln’s visit and hear fascinating behind-the-scenes stories and little-known facts about President Obama’s visit.

The Sunday afternoon presentation is only $5 per person, or free … Read More

Posted on January 26th, 2014

Art of the Art Deco Automobile

Avid Automobile Historian to Share the “Art of the Art Deco Automobile”


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All cars have stories, and this Sunday, March 30th at 3pm, noted author David Lyon will present “The Art of the Art Deco Automobile” as part of the Gilmore Car Museum’s Spring Speaker Series.

Professor emeritus from Western Michigan University, David retired in 1998 after thirty-five years of service as faculty member, department chair, interim dean, and director of collective bargaining. He received his PhD in psychology from Indiana University, but his bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College is in history.

Upon retiring from WMU, David became an avid automobile historian and author of The Kalamazoo Automobilist (2002) and The Gilmore Car Museum: Miles from the Ordinary (2010, 2012).

“I enjoyed history and I believe that my career in psychology influenced my ‘social impact’ interpretation of the design and innovation of vintage automobiles,” David shared.

In his program, David will describe and interpret Art Deco automobiles, distinguishing between the American and European Art Deco style as he contrasts this particular art form with other automotive styles. The discussion will be supported by photographs of artifacts and autos from Gilmore Car Museum’s very own signature collection.… Read More

Posted on September 28th, 2013

Vintage 1948 Cadillac Showroom

Cadillac-Lasalle Club Museum & Research Center Joins the Gilmore Car Museum as a Vintage 1948 Cadillac Showroom


Announcing the official Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Cadillac and LaSalle Club Museum and Research Center at the Gilmore Car Museum! The CLCMR, founded in 1995 to preserve the legacy of America’s most successful luxury automobile, has announced an official Ground Breaking Ceremony, to take place at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan this Sunday, September 29th at 11am.

In addition to Sunday’s ground breaking celebration, the Fourth Annual CLCMR Fall Festival will take place at the Gilmore Car Museum from 9am – 4pm. The Club Meet and Tour will include nearly 100 Cadillac and LaSalle vehicles parked on the grounds of the Gilmore’s Historic Campus, along with an official awards presentation in the afternoon.

The Cadillac and LaSalle Museum began showcasing their collection inside an existing historic building on the Gilmore Campus, known as the Carriage House, in May of 2010. Since then, the Club has greatly enhanced awareness of the CLCMR, raising funds for an all-new structure – a 10,000 square foot 1948 Cadillac Dealership and Showroom.

“After an exhaustive survey of potential museum partners across the … Read More

Posted on August 26th, 2013

Gilmore Car Museum Joins Smithsonian Magazine’s Ninth Annual Museum Day Live!

Free Admission for All Visitors Presenting a Museum Day Live! Ticket on September 28, 2013


Gilmore Car Museum – America’s Signature Collection – of Hickory Corners, Michigan will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 28, 2013, as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s Ninth Annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! Offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at any participating museum or cultural institution.

Inclusive by design, Museum Day Live! represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museum across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution, which is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants across the United States, and this year’s event expects record-high participation.

“We are pleased to be participating in this nationwide affair once again,” said Museum Executive Director, Michael Spezia. “Last year, the Museum welcomed nearly 200 visitors as part of the Museum Day Live! event and we look forward to another successful experience this year, committed to making the heritage … Read More