We host many unique events that for you to take advantage of. Come see why we have been named one of the Nation’s TOP FIVE car museums and recently listed as the #1 Great Historic Auto Site in Michigan by Pure Michigan. Many of our events include admission to our museum campus, so check them out and plan your visit!
Over 140 Antique Cars Travel 2,400 miles
Jacksonville, FL to Traverse City, MI June 24th – July 2nd
Including our local team of high school students from the Gilmore Garage Works program!
OUR TEAM: Students are from OTSEGO, DELTON, COMSTOCK and KALAMAZOO with adult mentors and drivers from Gun Lake, Hastings, Cooper and Schoolcraft!
The Great Race is a competitive controlled-speed endurance road rally travelling back roads following only precise written instructions. The Gilmore Car Museum has put together a team of high school students navigating a 1935 Packard.
Come meet all 148 teams and CHEER ON the Gilmore Garage Works High School team during their mid-day stop at their home Museum!
To learn more about the Great Race and the Museum’s involvement in the 2017 run, please click here.
Wednesday, July 5th at 6:00pm near the Shell Station
We will also be releasing an exclusive, specialty beer named “Brick Car Brew” at the Gilmore cash bar barn!
What is the Brick Car?
When Aileene and George Blincoe married in 1945, not only was the Pontiac they bought soon after in Fort Scott, Kansas – for $200, so the story goes – the first car Aileene owned. George’s Navy and teaching career took him, Aileene, and the car to Corpus Christi, Texas immediately after their marriage, and when he built up enough leave time, the Pontiac took them to Mexico on their deferred honeymoon. Nine months later, the Pontiac became their daughter Paula’s first car ride, and a couple years later it did the same for a second George Blincoe.
Aileene always claimed it was the best car they ever owned and if she could have any car in the whole world, she’d choose that Pontiac. So, her sculptor daughter brought it back for her – all 12,000 pounds of it.
From conception to completion, the sculpture took 3 years and over 32,000 pounds of clay bricks donated by the Acme Brick Foundry in Denton, Texas. Paula shaped the car, numbered the locations of each brick, disassembled the sculpture for firing at Acme, and then reassembled it, doing all the bricklaying herself. When Paula completed the car in 2016 for installation at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Aileene said, “Congratulations for creating a car that will never run!”
Bring your friends and family out to the Gilmore Car Museum as we being a weekend of “foreign invasions,” beginning with the 6th annual Deutsche Marques, an ALL German Auto Event on Saturday, July 8th! This car show will feature all of you favorite German marques and everything from daily drivers to weekend treasures, including BMW, Audi, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen.
For more information regarding the German Auto Show at the Gilmore Car Museum, please contact Pete Hamlett with the Deutsche Marques Club at 586-212-8449, or visit www.deutschemarquesag.com or visit the Club on Facebook. Exhibitor information will be available soon, please stay tuned for registration fees and sign-up details!
General Admission: $12/person, children 12 and under are free
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