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How Do I Become a Sponsor at the Gilmore Car Museum?

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Gilmore Car Museum relies solely on the donations and contributions from private donors, museum members, grant makers, and corporate and business level sponsors who value the Museum’s mission and diverse educational activities. Sponsorship provides an excellent opportunity and setting to showcase a company’s brand, products and social responsibility through a broad based promotional package to diverse and affluent demographic groups. Exposure is multidimensional; visitors, events, publications, e-mail and the web.

Our primary audiences include:

  • Car Collectors – Collectors form a very large enthusiast group that is well educated and and have a passion for supporting the Gilmore Car Museum.
  • Residents and Tourists – The immediate southwestern Michigan market, comprised of the nine counties surrounding the Museum, is home to 1.5 million people. The broader southwestern Michigan region, within which the Museum is centrally located, is home to over 2.2 million people and attracts over 21 million tourists annually. The Museum’s annual attendance has been growing at a rate of approximately 30% annually and exceeds 105,000 visitors annually.
  • Automobile Industry – Some of the most important marques and clubs in the automobile industry are involved with the Museum. Current on-site partners include the Classic Car Club of America Museum, Pierce Arrow Museum, Franklin Collection, Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum, Model A Ford Museum, Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum, and Checker Motors Archive. Opportunities to further expand are continually being evaluated.
  • Educational and Community – The Museum offers an extensive menu of educational programming for both in-school and on site presentations. School groups are admitted to the Museum free of charge. The Museum’s after school program for high-school age students, Gilmore Garage Works, has become a national model for using one on one mentoring with hands-on automotive restoration projects to both educate and motivate participants to continue their education and develop social as well as employment skills.

If you are interested in raising awareness of your company and its products and services with these audiences as well as creating a meaningful relationship with the largest automotive heritage museum in North America, please email our Sr. Director, Museum Administration, Linda Maupin or call 269-671-5089, Ext. 15.

To view our Current Sponsors, click here.

Thank you to our Previous Sponsors!

Shell Station

While the station appears as if it has always been at the Gilmore Car Museum, it is actually an accurate re-creation of an early 1930s Shell Station, complete with all the tools of a full service garage from the period. Inside, you will find a vast display of Shell memorabilia, gas pump globes, and clean restrooms. Sponsors from 1998-2015.

wdp_logoWalters-Dimmick Petroleum
Walters-Dimmick Petroleum, Inc. (WDP) is a long-standing, family owned company based out of Marshall, Michigan, with a primary focus on fuels, convenience retailing, and quick serve restaurants.

sponsors-shell-webMichigan Shell Jobbers & Dealers
A global group of energy and petrochemicals companies with around 87,000 employees in more than 70 countries and territories.


“American Legends: Hot Rods & Customs” Exhibit Sponsors, 2012-2015

Engine Pro Per-Fit Corporationsponsors-perfit-web
The nation’s leading specialty engine parts distributor featuring name brand engine parts and custom engine kits sold by professional rebuilders. Thirty-five distribution centers provide engine builders and machine shops across the country with a full line of brand name internal engine components.

sponsors-hastings-web2Hastings Manufacturing Company   
Serving the internal combustion industry with the design and manufacture of high-quality piston rings that improve combustion efficiency and reduce oil consumption for nearly 100 years.


MAHLE Clevite, Inc.
MAHLE Clevite offers oem and aftermarket performance tested brands you’ve come to trust and depend on for heavy duty, light vehicle and marine applications.

Egge Machine Companysponsors-egge-web
Founded in 1915, Egge Machine Co. is a family-owned, world-class piston manufacturer that specializes in domestic vehicle applications from the early 1900s to 1980. Egge operates a state-of-the-art foundry and machine shop in its Santa Fe Springs, CA facility, profoundly proud that its products are “Made In the USA.”

Milodon combines five decades of experience guaranteeing high quality parts, using advanced manufacturing, producing a complete selection of cutting edge oil pans, oil system accessories, gaskets, timing sets and covers, water pumps, thermostats, and more.

Sealed Powersponsors-sealed-power-web
Sealed Power® engine products are a complete system of application-engineered internal replacement components, including pistons, piston rings, engine bearings, camshafts, oil pumps, timing components and valvetrain products.

The gaskets professionals trust. Fel-Pro engineers’ singular focus on performance delivers the latest technology and design innovation to racers and engine builders pushing the limits of power.

Melling Select Performancesponsors-melling-web
Melling has been manufacturing and providing you with the newest cutting edge performance engine parts for over 65 years! The Melling Select Performance line has BILLET Aluminum & Cast Iron oil pumps, camshafts, timing components, and valve train.

sponsors-custom-connectionCustom Connection Motorsports, LLC
Custom Connection Motorosports provides premium motorsports products and services in Battle Creek, MI. From the most recent in ATV technology to the hottest new motorcycles, we can help you find the recreational vehicle that’s perfect for you.

Gilmore Spooktacular, October 2015

The Gilmore Spooktacular is the Museum’s annual family-friendly event, featuring safe trunk-or-treating, children’s activities, and special guests.

2015 Sponsor - Kzoo KidsKZOOkids (Kalamazoo, MI)
 Driven by real moms and dads in the area, our goal is to make you happy. Let KZOOkids help you find things to do with your family in the Greater Kalamazoo area!

Pint with the Past, February 2015

Pint with the Past is the Museum’s annual Beer Tasting Fundraiser featuring Michigan craft brewers, live music, hors d’oeuvres and of course, vintage autos.

Title Sponsor

Sanford logoSanford Financial Services (Portage, MI)
Selected by Barron’s as one of the nation’s top 1,000 advisers and ranked #11 in the state of Michigan. We provide premier comprehensive financial planning services which enable our clients to expand today’s accomplishments into fulfilling personal life goals and extraordinary business careers.

Corporate Sponsor

Hop Head Farms, LLC (Hickory Corners, MI)
Hop Head Farms, LLC provides quality Midwest hops to everyone from professional craft brewers to home brewers and takes pride in being good stewards of the environment for the neighbor in Hickory Corners, and just because it is the right thing to do. Hop Head Farms offers whole wet (fresh picked) cones, while dried (leaf), and pelleted hops.