After celebrating America’s independence on the Fourth of July, the Gilmore Car Museum will welcome an invasion of sorts by our European friends from across the pond. On Saturday, July 11th the Museum will feature the 4th annual all-German Car Show, followed by the 25th annual British Auto Faire on Sunday, July 12th.
“Deutsche Marques,” which translates to “German Makes,” is a true all-German auto event—featuring cars such as BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Porsche and others.
When Karl Benz applied for a patent in 1886 for his “vehicle with a gas engine,” little did he realize that his invention—recognized as the world’s first automobile—would change the world. It wasn’t until 1893, seven years after Benz unveiled his invention to the world, that the Duryea brothers produced the first American built automobile. The Museum displays a Benz built recreation of that first auto in the Main Automotive Heritage Center Gallery.
The 4th annual German Car show will welcome Sharpe BMW of Grand Rapids, Hayes Mercedes-Benz of Kalamazoo, and Porsche of Grand Rapids as exclusive marque sponsors of DeutscheMarques Auto Group in 2015. Additional support comes from Bob & Kay’s Carwash, Foreign Car Service, Spring Valley Motors and, new in 2015, Monk’s Motors in Waterford, Township, Michigan.
The Mad Dogs and Englishmen British Auto Faire will follow on Sunday, July 12th, where Museum visitors and car show spectators can explore an authentic London Double Decker bus, ride in a 1935 London Taxi, and watch a uniformed British bobby direct traffic all before the afternoon tea and bagpipe music. This has long been the largest gathering of British-built vehicles of all eras, from luxury models to sports cars and motorcycles, in the Midwest.
Guests will also be able to find their own British car to purchase in the For Sale Car Park, vote for their favorite show car, watch car games and discover the missing link needed to complete their restoration project in large parts swap meet.
The feature brand of this year’s British show will be Triumph TRs and the rare Morgan, plus many fine examples from Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Austin, Aston-Martin, and Lotus, as well as Triumph, Singer and Land Rover will be shown. Over 400 British-built cars and motorcycles are expected to take over the museum’s manicured show grounds.
The weekend’s events offer a unique opportunity to taste a bit of the automobiles and culture of Germany and Great Britain without a passport or the expense of traveling “across the pond.” Both events are open to the public from 9am to 4pm and reduced admission for each, which includes access to the entire Gilmore Car Museum, is $12 daily, with children 11 and under free.
The Gilmore Car Museum, featuring over 350 antique, classic and collector cars and vintage motorcycles, and is located just 20 minutes northeast of Kalamazoo on M-43 and Hickory Road.
To learn more about the Gilmore Car Museum visit: www.GilmoreCarMuseum.org or call the Museum at 269-671-5089.