Car Museum Ushers in Summer with
Dust Off and Cackle Fest
2009 Dust Off and Cackle Fest
~ YouTube filmed by Tim Morris ~
Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer and it's time to get our toys out!
The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners is inviting you to take your Antique, Classic, Custom, Muscle Car, Hot Rod, Low Rider—even that unfinished project car—out of the garage and take part in theirDust Off and Cackle Fest on Sunday, May 24th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Within the old car hobby a Dust Off is exactly what the name implies –its an opportunity for owners to get their collector cars out of winter storage and show them at an informal gathering at the beginning of the season.
While the Gilmore Car Museum is situated on a rural 90-acre setting with several historic barns their Cackle Fest won't include poultry. These events owe their origins to drag racing and the sound of the high-horsepower engines firing up.
On Sunday, May 24 the Museum will welcome all types of collector cars as well as race cars to its Dust Off and Cackle Fest. Starting at 1 p.m. several nitro burning race cars will begin to fire up and open their headers. Those show cars that want to join in are encouraged to also fire up and become part of the crescendo of noise and power.
The Museum's motto for this particular show is, "If it's Old, if it's cool or if it's loud - bring it!"
Jay Follis, marketing director for the Gilmore Car Museum states that "Dust Offs are well known among car hobbyist," but admits that the Cackle Fest, "is certainly a departure from the norm for us."
The Gilmore Car Museum, actually considered one of the Top Five car museums in the nation, is well renowned for the caliber of its collection that numbers to over 200 cars.
For the 2009 season the museum has added an all-new special exhibition entitled, "History – ¼ Mile at a Time!" that traces the history of drag racing. This high-octane exhibit features 26 vehicles from some of the most iconic names in drag racing history, including "Big Daddy" Don Garlits, Arnie "The Farmer" Beswick, and "The Michigan Madman," just to name a few.
Local drag racing heroes are also well represented in the exhibit including vehicles from Kalamazoo's Jerry Arnold, winner of seven NHRA championships; Jim Roberts' 1962 Corvette that raced primarily at Martin 131 Dragway in the early 1970s; and a Top Fuel car from Mattawan's Tom Rossman, a two time IHRA Championship winner. "History – ¼ Mile at a Time" also features Funny Cars, Rails, Pro Stock, Gassers, and many more vehicles from all eras as well as vintage photos and a sound and video experience similar to an IMAX production.
This Sunday's Dust Off and Cackle Fest is a great way to kick-off the beginning of summer and the opening of the Gilmore Car Museum for the season. The event is open to both those that wish to show a car and those that simply want to be a part of the excitement.
Enjoy the show and all museum exhibits of over 200 cars, including the exhibit "History – ¼ Mile at a Time," at a special discounted admission rate of only $8.00 per person or show a car for only $5.00 per person this Sunday only. You won't want to miss hearing these nitro-powered engines cackle... and blow the dust off every car around.
The Gilmore Car Museum's 43rd season began on May 1 and remains open daily from of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. on weekends), through the end of October. Located in the heart of west Michigan, the Museum is midway between Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Battle Creek, on M-43 and Hickory Road. To learn more Visit www.GilmoreCarMuseum.org.