If you missed the muscle inside the Gilmore, you need to go back

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A row of Mopar muscle greets visitors to the muscle car exhibit at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan | Larry Edsall photos
In the display, each car, such as this 1968 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova SS, is showcased with a backdrop and a large sign sharing its history

If you attended the 25th annual Muscle Cars Plus show this past weekend at the Gilmore Car Museum and spent all of your time outside, you need to go back to Hickory Corners because you missed part of the show.

No, you likely got to see all there was to see outside at that once-a-year event. But inside its walls, the museum also is showcasing American muscle cars in an exhibit called “Born to Perform: The Era of the Muscle Car.”

Guest curated by Dan Jensen, Gary Plowman and Scott Tiemann, the exhibit overflows the Larry and Earlene Baum Gallery with muscular machines.

The exhibit is being expanded even more and made a permanent part of the museum’s display.

This 1962 Pontiac Catalina Super Duty took part in the Pure Oil trails at Daytona International Speedway, where it helped the GM division win the Grand Prix award
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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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  1. Hey Larry- great article. I’m a lifelong GTO guy myself (blame my uncle and his ’67 that was my ride to elementary school in the late ’60’s), but I love all that Detroit craziness from the era. Born in ’59, had I the income I’d bookend a collection with a ’59 Impala 348/4spd in black with the black/grey/white vinyl interior and a new widebody Hellcat Challenger in B5 blue over charcoal leather. And inside the bookends would be a manual trans GTO from every year- including the rare and unloved ’73/’74 models- a ’77 Pontiac CanAm, as well as, oh, a GoMango ’70 SuperBee, black vinyl top, bench seat & column shift, and a ’70 LT1 ‘Vette in Madeira Maroon over black, a small block ’67 Impala SS/PowerGlide auto in the same maroon (my first car), and a McQueen Highland green ’67/’68 fastback ‘Stang with the early AR Tork Thrust magnesium look wheels, a built flatcrank "Voodoo" motor from the new Shelbys, and a 6spd Tremec (as in my ’04 GTO).
    Sigh. Never happen.
    But reading and seeing is almost as good.
    Cheers.

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