6865 W Hickory Rd
Hickory Corners, MI 49060
The Gilmore Car Museum’s annual Winter Lecture Series is highly anticipated every year! Every Sunday afternoon at 3pm January through April visitors can enjoy a different guest presenter speaking on a variety of intriguing topics. Admission to each lecture is just $5/person or FREE with general admission or museum membership card.
Henry Ford’s X Engine – Replacing the Model T
Don LaCombe, Automotive Historian
Don LaCombe spent 36 years in Ford Product Development, taught a course in Automotive Product Development at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and was a frequent lecturer at other universities and automotive conferences. After retirement he began concentrating on his passion for
history by supervising the Model T program at The Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village. He now works at the Ford Piquette Plant Museum in Detroit.
This year will be his third year presenting at the Gilmore and this year’s topic is “Henry Ford’s X Engine – Replacing the Model T.” This was an all-new low-cost car with an eight cylinder engine with the cylinders in an “X” configuration. The story includes a 5-year race with Charles Kettering, head of GM Research in the development of a low-cost Chevrolet.