The Golden Age of Sports Cars, showcasing nearly two dozen of rarest and most sought after sports cars in the world, is wrapping up at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan on April 30th.
“This amazing exhibition was assembled by guest curators Tom Kayser and John Lacko,” stated Museum Marketing Director, Jay Follis. “It highlights the ‘Golden Years’ of sports cars with several exceptional vehicles including Nicolas Cage’s 1967 Ferrari 275/GTB 4, the race inspired 1955 Mercedes Benz Gull Wing, and an authentic Shelby Cobra 427.”
Making a surprise return to the exhibit is rock legend Janis Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche that set a world record price paid for a Porsche 356 when it was sold in 2015 by Sotheby’s Auction. The car was originally slated for only the first 10 days of the exhibit, but is returning for the month of April, including the exhibit’s Farewell event.
On Sunday, April 30th, the Gilmore Car Museum will host a “Farewell to the Sports Cars” open-house where visitors will have a chance to get a last look at these iconic cars and mingle with the vehicle owners that help make this exhibit possible. Then, at 2:00pm the cars come to life as they are driven out of the exhibit gallery in a final salute to the Golden Age of Sports Cars.
General museum admission is required to attend the event.
The special exhibit, which opened in October of 2016, is sponsored in part by the Mad Dogs & Englishmen British Car Club and was designed by guest curators Tom Kayser and John Lacko, both well-known locally and among sports car aficionados.
The closing of this exhibit brings heightened excitement for the Museum’s next installment, “Designed for Delivery: The Early American Truck.” The new special exhibit is slated to open to the public on Saturday, May 20th in conjunction with the season-opening car show, “The Pre-1942 Donald Gilmore Showcase.”
The Gilmore Car Museum—North America’s largest auto museum—is located just 20 minutes northeast of Kalamazoo on M-43 and Hickory Road. To learn more about the Gilmore Car Museum visit: GilmoreCarMuseum.org or call 269-671-5089.