2017-2018 Events Calendar

 

Jan
21
Sun
2018 Lecture Series: Henry Ford’s X Engine – Replacing the Model T
Jan 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
2018 Lecture Series: Henry Ford's X Engine - Replacing the Model T @ Gilmore Car Museum  | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

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.

Jan. 21st
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.

Jan
28
Sun
2018 Lecture Series: Can-Am 50th Anniversary: the Best Stories and Photos
Jan 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
2018 Lecture Series: Can-Am 50th Anniversary: the Best Stories and Photos @ Gilmore Car Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

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.

Jan. 28th
Can-Am 50th Anniversary: The Best Stories and Photos

George Levy, Author     

Former Autoweek editor George Levy will share the best images and funniest behind-the-scenes stories from his and acclaimed photographer Pete Biro’s 2017 AMC Gold Medal-winning work Can-Am 50th Anniversary: Flat Out with North America’s Greatest Race Series 1966-1974. Levy will have copies of the 1 of 300 Collector’s Edition of the book at a special sale price for attendees.

“George Levy is a great writer and an exhaustive historian. He combines what has to be the most complete history of the Can-Am with a perfectly wonderful collection of photos from the time.”

Autoweek, November 2017

Feb
1
Thu
Gilmore Car Museum at the Michigan International Auto Show – Grand Rapids
Feb 1 – Feb 4 all-day
Gilmore Car Museum at the Michigan International Auto Show - Grand Rapids @ DeVos Place | Grand Rapids | Michigan | United States

The Gilmore Car Museum has presented a stunning array of automobiles at the Michigan International Auto Show in Grand Rapids since 2004. This year the Museum will present “Autos on the Eights,” showcasing some of the greatest autos and automotive innovations spanning over 100 years of transportation history.

See a selection of autos from the Gilmore Car Museum at the 2018 Michigan International Auto Show held at the DeVos Place in Grand Rapids February 1st-4th. Please visit the MIAS website for venue details, parking information, and more by clicking on the following link: https://www.showspan.com/MAS/home/dates-times-admission/.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A $2.00 OFF DISCOUNT COUPON to the 2018 Michigan International Auto Show!

(coupon must be printed and brought to the box office – digital coupons will not be accepted)

Tickets for the Michigan International Auto Show may be purchased on-site at the box office at DeVos Place or online in advance through Ticketmaster by clicking the “Buy Tickets” button on the MIAS website listed above. 

*PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOT HELD AT THE GILMORE CAR MUSEUM. MUSEUM MEMBERSHIPS DO NOT APPLY FOR ADMISSION TO THE AUTO SHOW*

Feb
4
Sun
2018 Lecture Series: Your Muscle Car Memories
Feb 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
2018 Lecture Series: Your Muscle Car Memories @ Gilmore Car Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

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.

Feb. 4th
Your Muscle Car Memories

John Lacko, Racing Photographer and Historian

Almost every gear-head has fond memories of their muscle car back in the late ’60s and early ’70s.  Stories that put life into their favorite cars.  So let’s share them!  Prepare a short 3-5 minute version of your favorite muscle car memory to share with others during this unique presentation.  Your vintage photos will be projected during your story if you bring them on a thumb drive.  Jim Luikens will start off by talking about his Pontiac T-37 that is featured in the Gilmore Car Museum’s Main Gallery exhibit, “Born to Perform.”  Each muscle car tale will be recorded for the Gilmore Car Museum’s Many Voices, One Story automotive oral history project.

Feb
11
Sun
2018 Lecture Series: The Relevance of Abraham Lincoln
Feb 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
2018 Lecture Series: The Relevance of Abraham Lincoln @ Gilmore Car Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

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.

Feb. 11th
The Relevance of Abraham Lincoln

Cameron S. Brown, Former State Senator

Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Northern Virginia, Cameron S. Brown is the sixth generation of his family to reside in southwest Michigan. Prior to serving in both the Michigan House and Senate, he was employed as Marketing Vice President for a southwest Michigan healthcare products manufacturer. He has an MPA from Western Michigan University, and a BA in History from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He also attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. One of his most formative educational experiences was at T.C. Williams High School the eventful year depicted in the Walt Disney movie Remember the Titans. Cameron was vice president of the senior class.  Today Cameron resides in Kalamazoo with his wife, Helen Lukan.

Since being term-limited from the Michigan Senate in 2010, Cameron has established his own consulting business serving both private and public sectors. Cameron is a frequent keynote speaker on a range of topics drawn from the treasure trove of American history, most notably Abraham Lincoln. His uplifting presentation, “The Relevance of Abraham Lincoln,” offers an engaging look at America’s 16th President.

The former lawmaker is the President of the Kalamazoo Abraham Lincoln Project, a steering committee that is spearheading efforts to place a bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln in Kalamazoo’s Bronson Park where Lincoln made his only public appearance in Michigan. Cameron’s interest in the life of Lincoln has a personal side. He is related to Joseph Sessford, ticket taker at Ford’s Theatre the night President Lincoln was shot.

Feb
17
Sat
Annual “Pint With The Past” Beer-Tasting Fundraiser
Feb 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us for our most anticipated special event of the year

PINT WITH THE PAST CRAFT BEER TASTING!

Saturday, February 17th from 7:00-10:00pm

Our annual beer tasting fundraiser includes over two dozen tasting options from favorite Michigan breweries and cider houses! Your ticket includes admission to tour the museum exhibits, a complementary 5 oz. tasting glass, and your tasting tokens! Plus, enjoy live music and delicious appetizers throughout the evening!

PRICING

Admission for this event is $40 and includes 10 drink tokens, a take-home tasting glass, and appetizers throughout the evening. Designated driver tickets are available for $20 each and include two soft drink tickets and appetizers (tasting glass and tokens not included in the purchase of this ticket). There will be a cash bar available with domestic beer, wine, and a selection of non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase to everyone throughout the evening.

Tickets can be purchased online anytime or by calling the Museum’s Administration Office (M-F, 8am-5pm) at 269-671-5089. Click here to purchase your tickets today!

Early bird registration runs through Friday, February 9th at 5:00pm EST. All tickets purchased prior to that date will be sent to the purchaser via US Mail. Tickets purchased after February 9th or at the door the night of the event will be $50 and will be held at a Will Call station for pick up beginning at 6:45pm the evening of the event.

Advanced ticket sales will end Friday, February 16th at 12:00pm EST. Tickets will ONLY be available at the door the evening of the event after this time.

RESTRICTIONS

IDs will be checked at the door and designated driver ticket wristbands will be issued at that time. Tickets are non-refundable, as this is an annual fundraiser in support of the Museum’s 501c3 non-profit status.

THE 2018 TASTING LINEUP

Arcadia Brewing Company: Cereal Killer / Arcadia IPA
B. Nektar: Zombie Killer / Tuco-Style Freakout
Founders Brewing Co.: Sumatra Mountain Brown / Rübæus
Grand Armory Brewing: Wheezin’ the Juice / Nutter Ur Business
The Mitten Brewing Co.: Country Strong / Label Up
Odd Side Ales: Bean Flicker / Tarte Blanche
Schramm’s Mead: The Statement / Blackberry
Short’s Brewing Company: Superfluid / Cup a Joe
Tujax Tavern (by Dan O’Conell): Brick Car Brew / Raspberry Ale

And NEW for 2018! We will be adding TWO wine tasting stations to our roster as well, stay tuned for our winery picks!

THANK YOU TO OUR 2018 EVENT SPONSORS!

Feb
18
Sun
2018 Lecture Series: Automotive Lubrication Testing Lecture/Seminar
Feb 18 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
2018 Lecture Series: Automotive Lubrication Testing Lecture/Seminar @ Gilmore Car Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

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.

Feb. 18th
Automotive Lubrication Testing Lecture/Seminar

David E. Persell, Ph.D                                                                                                                     

David Persell, Ph.D. from Michigan State University is bringing laboratory test equipment to the Gilmore Car Museum! Guests to this interactive presentation will be able to see and test for themselves the difference between regular motor oil, synthetic oil, additive, virtually any lubricant (grease, aerosol spray lube, etc.) which can all be tested on the machine.  It will be a hands-on, interactive, live demonstration made even better with everyone invited to bring along their favorite product to be tested (just bring a small container).  This is not a sales pitch for products, but rather an educational seminar for all those in attendance!

Feb
25
Sun
2018 Lecture Series: Art, Architecture and the Automobile
Feb 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
2018 Lecture Series: Art, Architecture and the Automobile @ Gilmore Car Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

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.

Feb. 25th
Art, Architecture, and the Automobile

David Lyon, Author and Historian

This power point presentation traces the history of, and then predicts the future of the automobile within the period of 1771 to 2028. The presentation illustrates automotive artifacts from the Gilmore Car Museum as well as automotive designs outside the collection. These designs are integrated into a survey of art and architecture from the same period as the selected automobiles. The intent of the presentation is to organize a vast array of information on the one hand, and to broaden the artistic scope and historical significance of automobile design on the other.  

Mar
2
Fri
6th annual “Under the Hood” Weekend
Mar 2 – Mar 4 all-day
6th annual "Under the Hood" Weekend @ Gilmore Car Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

Check out the engines that made history during a special weekend where you can take a sneak peak under the hood of dozens of cars on display at the Gilmore Car Museum. This special event is for ONE WEEKEND ONLY!

The opportunity to check out “Under the Hood” of a selection of cars on display is included with regular museum admission.

Friday, March 2nd – 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, March 3rd – 9:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, March 4th – 9:00am-6:00pm

Click here for photos from previous years and for more information!

Mar
4
Sun
2018 Lecture Series: Sir William and Jaguar: From Swallow Side Cars to Victory at Le Mans
Mar 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
2018 Lecture Series: Sir William and Jaguar: From Swallow Side Cars to Victory at Le Mans @ Gilmore Car Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

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.

Mar. 4th
Sir William and Jaguar: From Swallow Sidecars to Victory at Le Mans

Mike Erspamer, Jaguar Historian               

Mike is a long-time Jaguar enthusiast and motor racing enthusiast.  He purchased his first Jaguar more than 50 years ago in 1967 – a used 1964 E-Type coupe with 35,000 miles on the odometer.  For three years that was his only car.  He drove it through the Chicago winters, carried a canoe on top of it, and treated it like any “daily driver.”  He learned a lot about Jaguars from that experience and over the years he has collected a lot of books and other materials pertaining to Jaguars.  Mike is a member of the Jaguar Affiliates Group of Michigan, the Mad Dogs and Englishmen British Car Club, and the Lakeshore British Car Group.

In real life, Mike had a 30-year career with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, interrupted by a 2-year hitch in the Army, where he worked in the biological warfare program at Ft. Detrick, MD.  Following his retirement from the FDA in 1994, he worked for 20 years as an independent consultant to the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industries.  He is currently fully and happily retired.

Mike’s presentation will cover the early history of William Lyons and how he started the Swallow Sidecar Company in 1922 that would later become Jaguar.  The company history will cover the years up to the introduction of the XK-120 sports car in 1948. We will then follow Jaguar’s pursuit of victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, starting with the 1950 race. The Le Mans coverage will review each Le Mans race from 1950 through 1957.  The commentary will be accompanied by lots of vintage racing photos.  The presentation will conclude with a half-hour video from the series “Victory by Design.”

Mike’s current Jaguar is a 1966 E-Type coupe that resides in a heated garage during the winter months.