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Gilmore sets 2022 show schedule (and it’s not just cars being showcased)

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The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, has announced its 2022 car show schedule. But it’s just not cars that will be showcased. 

For example, there’s the Vintage boat show and travel trailer rally on May 14, the vintage motorcycle weekend on June 11-12, a tractor show set for July 29-30, and the “ultimate truck” show September 10.

Fret not, car fans, because there will be plenty of car events as well.

“We’re excited,” executive director Josh Russell is quoted in the museum’s announcement. “It’s a calendar full of things for our members, partners, guests, and first-time visitors to be able see, hear, and experience on our campus.”

In addition to the Wednesday Night cruise-ins with live music and food from May through September, the car show calendar on the Gilmore’s campus, which includes cars in barns and in reproductions of dealership buildings, includes:

May 7 — David Beeke Mustang & Ford show

May 21 — All-GM Super show

June 5 — The Experience (Classic Car Club of America full-classic car show)

June 17-18 — Air-Cooled Gathering

June 18 — Volvos at the Gilmore

June 25 — Muscle Cars

July 9 — Duetschmarques

July 10 — Mad Dogs & Englishmen

July 15-16 — Celebration of Brass

July 17 — Corvette Envy

July 23 — Mopars at the Red Barns

August 6 — Red Barns Spectacular

August 12-13 — Lincoln Homecoming weekend

August 20 — Relix Riot (hot rods, customs and motorcycles)

August 28 — Pierce-Arrow Gathering

September 16-17 — Ford Model A Days

September 23-24 — Cadillac-LaSalle Fall Festival

September 25 — Camaros at the Corners

September 1 — Congress of Motorcars

October 25 — Deutschemarques Oktoberfest

In addition to those events, the museum’s winter lecture series continues on Sundays through April, Pint With the Past is February 12, and a Hoods Up! showcase of the engines in the museum’s cars is March 7-21. 

For details and more, visit the museum website.

‘IN-Focus’ at Indy museum

“IN-Focus:The stories of IMS Photo” is the newest exhibit at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, which in words and photos is sharing the story of the track’s photography department.

“A photo of a fleeting moment on the track is impressive in its own right, but the exhibition invites guests to discover just how talented and brave these photographers are in their pursuit of the perfect shot,” said museum president Joe Hale.

Triumphant gathering at British museum

Museum photos

The British Motor Museum at Gaydon recently hosted “Drive your Triumph Day” with members of The Stag Owners Club, Coventry TR Group and Club Triumph showing their cars on John Black’s birthday. Black is the person who set up Standard’s purchase of Triumph after World War II. 

Special events this weekend

February 12-13 is Hoods-Up weekend at the Newport Car Museum in Rhode Island.

“The History of British Racing Green” is the topic of a presentation at 11:15 a.m. at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia on February 12 by Greg Porter from Bonhams. Following the presentation, the museum will hold a Demo Day, “Salon — American Playboy,” examining the history and place of the car show in the early days of motoring. Vehicles being exercised are a 1926 Kissel 8-75 Speedster, 1929 duPont 2-passenger speedster, 1935 Auburn 851 Speedster and 1953 Studebaker Commander.

The third annual Bootlegger’s Ball is scheduled for February 12 at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in northeast Indiana. The event, done in partnership with Auburn’s Eckhart Public Library, celebrates the passage of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ending prohibition.

“Pint With The Past” returns to the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, on February 12. The event features craft-brewed beer tasting amid the museum’s car collection, and with live music by a contemporary blues band or by an “easy-listening” guitarist. There is a special reduced admission fee for those arriving as designated drivers.

Mauto, the Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile in Torino, Italy, is offering free cardiological screening with the National Institute for Cardiovascular Research between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on February 13. The program is being done in cooperation with the Jaguar Drivers Club Italia.

The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, continues its lecture series at 3 p.m. February 13 with Brian Baker of the Automotive Hall of Fame presenting “Black American Automotive Pioneers in Michigan.”

Mark your calendar

The Newport Car Museum in Rhode Island celebrates Valentine’s Day with one free admission with one paid adult admission.

The Canadian Automobile Museum in Oshawa, Ontario, hosts Third Thursday lecture series for February on the 17th with “The Death and Legacy of Sam McLaughlin – Looking Back After 50 Years” presented by Samantha George of the Parkwood National Historic Site.

Lord Montagu will share the history of his local Totton to Fawley railway in a special presentation February 19 at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, England. The presentation, which also will feature filmmaker Nick Lera, launches the museum’s spring lecture series.

Formula 1 racing with a family focus will be featured during the “half-term” school break at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, UK, February 19-27. Featured will be arrival at the museum of the V16 BRM Type 15 chassis IV from the early 1950s.

The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles and the Ferrari Club of America stages the Enzo Ferrari Cruise-In from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on February 27.

The Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California, opens its car show season February 27 with the Loma Prieta Region of the Porsche Club of America. Upcoming events are May 1, NCCA 40th annual all-Corvette show; June 4, Alfa Romeo car club; June 19, Fathers Day show; August 7, NCCA Vette Magic 46 show; September 10, East Bay Street Dreams show.

“Driving After Sundown,” an exhibit sharing the history of automotive lighting, officially opens March 1 at the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

One of the hidden gems among car museums, the Martin Museum in Phoenix, opens in its new location on March 5 with a car show. The museum’s new and much larger location is at the corner of 43rd Avenue and Thunderbird on the west side of Phoenix.

It’s “Free Museum Weekend” March 5-6 at the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento, with admission free to those who pre-register.

John Oates and Guthrie Trapp perform March 26 in a concert in Newport, Rhode Island, to benefit the Audrain Automobile Museum. 

The Mustang Owners Museum in Concord, North Carolina, launches its car-show calendar on March 27 with a “Fords on Sunday” event.

National Mustang Day will be celebrated April 15-16 at the Mustang Owner’s Museum in Concord, North Carolina, with the opening of the museum’s newly expanded exhibit area and a driving cruise, car show, seminars and a Shelby panel presentation and more.

Museum photo

The spring lecture series at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, England, continues April 23 with Alan Chandler discussing petroliana collecting.

The LeMay Collection at Marymount in Tacoma, Washington, will offer Driver’s Ed: Model T Experience events May 14, June 11, July 9, August 14 and September 11.

A second wave of vehicles arrives September 22, 2022, and run through May 14, 2023, in “The Allure of the Extreme” supercar showcase at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, opens three new exhibits on May 21 — Orphan Cars, ATVs, and AMCs.

The Revs Institute in Naples, Florida, hosts a combined meeting of the World Forum for Motor Museums and the National Association of Automobile Museums from November 9-12.

Does your local car museum have special events or exhibitions planned? Let us know. Email [email protected]

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
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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