Automotive mascots at the Gilmore Car Museum

At the Classic Car Club of America Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, there is an entire room containing more than 700 classic car hood ornaments and radiator toppers.

Photos by Larry Edsall

At the Classic Car Club of America Museum on the grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, there is an entire room containing more than 700 classic car hood ornaments and radiator toppers. The Marvin M. Tamaroff Automobile Mascot Collection is impressive — actually, overwhelming — in its size and scope. However, the mascots are kept in glass-covered cases.

Fortunately for those of us who like to photograph such things, the cars in the museum not only are not behind glass, but they aren’t even behind ropes, wires or other barriers. So, if you are patient, respectful and careful, you can capture close-up images of some truly sculptural elements of classic automotive ornamentation.

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