Hickory Corners, MI
On Sunday, June 10th, hundreds of motorcycles, from the rare rides of the last century to the newest models driven by spectators, will thunder into the newly-expanded Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, MI. The west-Michigan museum, nestled on 90 landscaped acres near Kalamazoo, MI, is well-known for its world-class collection of nearly 200 extraordinary vehicles spanning more than 100 years of automotive heritage. Yet, on this particular Sunday, the Gilmore Car Museum will again welcome its Vintage Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet, the 11th annual, which is considered by many to be the Midwest’s fastest growing event of its kind.
This 12th annual show features vintage motorcycles, scooters and customs 20 years old and older, displayed on the show field under the flags of their countries of origin. The several hundred motorcycles driven by spectators of the event receive VIP treatment and are given special parking in a “show field” of their own.
“The parking area alone becomes a wonderful bike show itself,” says Gilmore Car Museum Executive Director Michael Spezia. “The Museum hosts 10 to 12 shows each year, and for this one, we completely shift gears. You'll see some of the best examples of original and restored vintage bikes here.”
You will also find a “Bike Corral” full of vintage bikes for sale, a huge cycle parts swap meet, and the several new motorcycle dealers offering demo rides.
The Gilmore Car Museum’s own vintage motorcycles will be on display, including a very rare 1912 Pierce-Arrow built by the famed auto manufacturer better known for its prestigious luxury cars, and a 1919 Johnson Motor Wheel, which was the predecessor of the Johnson Outboard Motor.
The Museum is located in the heart of West-Michigan midway between Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, and Grand Rapids. For the 2007 season the Museum is also featuring the all-new special exhibit, “Michigan Dream Garage – The Ultimate Muscle Cars,” which includes 24 of the rarest and most sought after muscle cars. Check out www.GilmoreCarMuseum.org or call 269-671-5089 for more information.