2017-2018 Events Calendar

 

Apr
22
Sun
2018 Lecture Series: The History of Speedway Design and Construction
Apr 22 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
2018 Lecture Series: The History of Speedway Design and Construction @ 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.

April 22nd
The History of Speedway Design and Construction

Van Walling, P.E., Motorsports Historian               

Van Walling is a registered professional engineer.  Over the course of his career, he has managed the planning and design phases for major highway and airport improvement projects, led several engineering offices, developed and delivered project management training, championed corporate social responsibility efforts, and directed a STEM-focused non-profit organization. 

Building on the senior design project he undertook at Lafayette College in 1977, Walling has dedicated much of his personal time to researching, studying, and documenting the history of speedway design and construction.  His compilation of rare blueprints, aerial photos, topographic mapping, etc. – as well as hundreds of newspaper, magazine, and journal articles – represents an unmatched collection of data on historically and technically significant speedways. Combining his interests in engineering, history, geography, and motorsports, Van Walling has worked for more than 40 years to document and preserve the physical history of speedways. 

Central to this effort has been the development of geometric design summaries that define the footprint, profile, and cross sections of a speedway, its orientation on the property, the longitude, latitude, and elevation of the site, and its years as an active auto racing facility.  In other words, it is the documentation of a track in four dimensions… x, y, z and time.  Some call it race track archaeology.

The obvious technical components of Walling’s work are balanced by fascinating human-interest stories about the men and women responsible for the planning, design, construction, and operation of America’s auto racing infrastructure.  Tying it all together is a collection of amazing photos and illustrations featuring speedways large and small, famed and obscure, past and present with a special emphasis on “paper raceways” – those planned but never built.

This presentation will parallel with Walling’s soon-to-be published book, “Oval Track Almanac.”  

Apr
25
Wed
Cars & Custard Lunchtime Cruise In
Apr 25 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Our famous old fashioned custard is returning to George & Sally’s Blue Moon Diner! Join us for a lunchtime cruise-in and the grand re-introduction of our creamy custard on April 25th! Admission for those arriving in collector cars are $15/person and includes hot dog barbecue lunch with side, beverage, and custard for dessert, collector car parking on the historic campus, and museum admission for the day. 

Apr
28
Sat
Model T Driving School – April 28th
Apr 28 all-day
Model T Driving School - April 28th @ Gilmore Car Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

Go Back To Driver’s Training at the Gilmore Car Museum…Old School!

Saturday, April 28, 2018
Morning Session, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Afternoon Session, 1:30pm – 4:30pm – ONE SPACE REMAINING!

Secure a seat behind the wheel of an AUTHENTIC Model T Ford built between 1908 and 1927 — right out of the Museum’s fleet of vintage vehicles — and drive the 2.5 miles of paved roads within our historic campus with an experienced and enthusiastic instructor. This is truly a fun and memorable hands-on experience that’s perfect for multi-generational family groups, couples, corporate team building, or anyone who wants to take a step back in time and learn how to drive, or get a refresher, in one of the 15 million “Tin Lizzies” built by the Ford Motor Company over 100 years ago.

Classes are open to all licensed drivers but are limited to 18 students each and SELL OUT fast! Registration is $105 per student, discounts are available for Gilmore Car Museum members. Payment is required at the time of registration. To register please click the link below or call the Museum’s administration office (M-F 8am-5pm) at 269-671-5089.

Click here to REGISTER ONLINE and view available class dates

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Cancellations must be made by calling the Gilmore Car Museum at 269-671-5089 and leaving a recorded message as needed to receive registration refunds. Refunds, less a $25.00 administration fee, will be made for all cancellations received at least 48-hours prior to the course date. Cancellations made after that time, or no-shows, will forfeit all registration fees and no refund will be issued.

Apr
29
Sun
2018 Lecture Series: The History and Evolution of the Country’s Most Unique Aviation Museum – The Air Zoo
Apr 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
2018 Lecture Series: The History and Evolution of the Country's Most Unique Aviation Museum - The Air Zoo @ 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.

April 29th
The History and Evolution of the Country’s Most Unique Aviation Museum – The Air Zoo

Bob Ellis, Former CEO / Director Air Zoo                

Robert (Bob) Ellis, retired CEO of the Air Zoo was its first employee. Working with a capable staff and Board of Directors the Air Zoo developed into one of the nation’s finest aviation museums. In the mid-nineties however, it became clear that if the Air Zoo were ever to become a major national attraction, by appealing to a broader audience other than aviation enthusiasts, it was going to have to break the rules. And break the rules it did, for when the new Air Zoo opened in the Spring of 2004, its primary audience shifted from old grey-haired men to young boys and girls. Finally, the Air Zoo was inspiring and changing people’s lives in a positive way.                                                                    

May
2
Wed
First CRUISE-IN of the Season!
May 2 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
First CRUISE-IN of the Season! @ Gilmore Car Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

May – September, Every Wednesday Night from 5pm-8pm

Wednesday Night Cruise-Ins at the Gilmore Car Museum are an annual summer tradition! It is FREE to bring your collector car on the grounds during the cruise-in and the event is open to the public (separate parking area for modern vehicles). The fun starts at 5 pm and runs until 8pm, with George & Sally’s authentic 1941 Blue Moon Diner and the Gilmore Grill serving hot dogs, hamburgers, brats, and delicious hand dipped Plainwell Ice Cream treats throughout the evening.

With oldies music providing the soundtrack, these are evenings you and your family won’t forget! So, plan to bring your ride, snap a photo in front of the 1930s Shell station, cruise our amazing grounds, and enjoy an evening of great wheels and memories!

With the exception of the Blue Moon Diner and Gilmore Grill, all other Museum buildings and exhibits are CLOSED during Cruise-Ins.

May
10
Thu
Model T Driving School – SOLD OUT
May 10 all-day
Model T Driving School - SOLD OUT @ Gilmore Car Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

Go Back To Driver’s Training at the Gilmore Car Museum…Old School!

Thursday, May 10, 2018 – SOLD OUT
Morning Session, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Afternoon Session, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Secure a seat behind the wheel of an AUTHENTIC Model T Ford built between 1908 and 1927 — right out of the Museum’s fleet of vintage vehicles — and drive the 2.5 miles of paved roads within our historic campus with an experienced and enthusiastic instructor. This is truly a fun and memorable hands-on experience that’s perfect for multi-generational family groups, couples, corporate team building, or anyone who wants to take a step back in time and learn how to drive, or get a refresher, in one of the 15 million “Tin Lizzies” built by the Ford Motor Company over 100 years ago.

Classes are open to all licensed drivers but are limited to 18 students each and SELL OUT fast! Registration is $105 per student, discounts are available for Gilmore Car Museum members. Payment is required at the time of registration. To register please click the link below or call the Museum’s administration office (M-F 8am-5pm) at 269-671-5089.

Click here to REGISTER ONLINE and view available class dates

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Cancellations must be made by calling the Gilmore Car Museum at 269-671-5089 and leaving a recorded message as needed to receive registration refunds. Refunds, less a $25.00 administration fee, will be made for all cancellations received at least 48-hours prior to the course date. Cancellations made after that time, or no-shows, will forfeit all registration fees and no refund will be issued.

May
18
Fri
Donald Gilmore Pre-1942 Showcase Driving Tour
May 18 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Donald Gilmore Pre-1942 Showcase Driving Tour @ Tour will depart from the Gilmore Car Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

A Driving Tour Celebrating the First 50 Years of the Automobile!

Join us for 3nd Annual Donald Gilmore Pre-1942 Driving Tour! The tour is open to all pre-1942 Vehicles, just like the cars Museum Founder Donald Gilmore was known for collecting. Only original stock vehicles will be eligible to participate, no modified or hot rod style vehicles please. 

The Driving Tour will gather and stage at the Museum at 9:00 am and depart at 9:30 am on Friday, May 18th. This year’s tour route will be announced soon!

There is no cost to participate in the driving tour. Please check out the Donald Gilmore Pre-1942 Showcase for exhibitor information for Saturday’s car show or download the informational flyer HERE.

May
19
Sat
Donald Gilmore Pre-1942 Showcase Car Show
May 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Donald Gilmore Pre-1942 Showcase Car Show @ Gilmore Car Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

Celebrating the First 50 Years of the Automobile!

The Donald Gilmore Showcase is a special show featuring Pre-War 1942 vehicles, just like the cars Museum Founder Donald Gilmore was known for collecting. Only original stock vehicles will be eligible to participate, no modified or hot rod style vehicles please.  The show weekend will also include a Driving Tour on Friday, May 18th.

See early gas, steam and electric autos, take a ride in an antique car and discover autos normally only seen on static display actually driving around the historic campus! An award ceremony will be held at 3:00pm and will honor the Oldest Vehicle, Best Vintage Attire (best period attire worn by a vehicle’s owner), plus two very special awards – the Genevieve Gilmore Preservation Award and the Donald & Genevieve Gilmore Award (Best of Show).

Activities will also take place throughout the day, including start up demos featuring some of the earliest cars in the Museum’s Collection and a “Parade through the Decades,” featuring each decade represented on the show field.

CLICK HERE to download the 2018 Pre-1942 Showcase Flyer and Registration Form!

Spectator Admission: $14.00/person, children 11 and under free
Exhibitor Admission: $10/vehicle, includes admission for 2 people with vehicle
Vendor Admission:$20.00 per space (approx. 20’ x 20’), includes admission for 2 people
          Space assignments on first-come, first-serve basis
          Early Set-up: Friday afternoon, Saturday 7:30 am

*Please note Museum Memberships are NOT valid for show car admission.

May
22
Tue
Model T Driving School – SOLD OUT
May 22 all-day
Model T Driving School - SOLD OUT @ Gilmore Car Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

Go Back To Driver’s Training at the Gilmore Car Museum…Old School!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 – SOLD OUT
Morning Session, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Afternoon Session, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Secure a seat behind the wheel of an AUTHENTIC Model T Ford built between 1908 and 1927 — right out of the Museum’s fleet of vintage vehicles — and drive the 2.5 miles of paved roads within our historic campus with an experienced and enthusiastic instructor. This is truly a fun and memorable hands-on experience that’s perfect for multi-generational family groups, couples, corporate team building, or anyone who wants to take a step back in time and learn how to drive, or get a refresher, in one of the 15 million “Tin Lizzies” built by the Ford Motor Company over 100 years ago.

Classes are open to all licensed drivers but are limited to 18 students each and SELL OUT fast! Registration is $105 per student, discounts are available for Gilmore Car Museum members. Payment is required at the time of registration. To register please click the link below or call the Museum’s administration office (M-F 8am-5pm) at 269-671-5089.

Click here to REGISTER ONLINE and view available class dates

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Cancellations must be made by calling the Gilmore Car Museum at 269-671-5089 and leaving a recorded message as needed to receive registration refunds. Refunds, less a $25.00 administration fee, will be made for all cancellations received at least 48-hours prior to the course date. Cancellations made after that time, or no-shows, will forfeit all registration fees and no refund will be issued.

Jun
3
Sun
Classic Car Club of America Museum Grand Experience
Jun 3 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Classic Car Club of America Museum Grand Experience @ Gilmore Car Museum / Classic Car Club of America Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

The Classic Car Club of America Museum will host their 32nd Grand Experience at the Gilmore Car Museum bringing the best of the best Full Classics® to the Southwest Michigan, including some of the nation’s most stunningly restored Classic automobiles. Visit the CCCA Museum website at www.cccamuseum.org for show details and vehicle registration information.

Spectator Admission: $14.00/person, children 11 and under free
Exhibitor Admission: TBA

*Please note Museum Memberships are NOT valid for show car admission.