The CCCA Museum Experience

Each year during the first weekend in June, The Classic Car Club of America Museum hosts The Experience on the Gilmore Car Museum campus. Many Full Classics® are displayed along with automobiles of a specific marque from the history of fine automobile manufacturing. The theme for 2015 will be all Packards and all CCCA Full Classics®.

No Club affiliation is required to participate in the Sunday Experience Concours.

See more details in the news release, below.

Download the 2015 Experience Entry Form.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to see recaps and photo galleries of past Experiences.

News Release: 2015 CCCA Museum “Experience” on June 7

The Packard motorcar will be featured at the Classic Car Club of America Museum’s 2015 “Experience,” scheduled for Sunday, June 7 on the campus of the Gilmore Car Museum—home of the CCCA Museum.  Other activities are scheduled throughout the weekend.

Both Full Classic® and non-Classic Packard automobiles built from 1899 to 1958 are welcome. Automobile owners need not be CCCA members to display their cars at the 2015 “Experience.”  In addition to Packard automobiles, Full Classics® owned by CCCA members may be displayed on the show field.

“For CCCA members—and Packard enthusiasts—who have not visited the CCCA Museum and Library recently, this is a great year to do so,” said Howard Freedman, CCCA Museum president.“There is really nothing else like it in the world. This is the only museum devoted solely to Classic automobiles.”

On Friday all museum buildings on the Gilmore Car Museum campus will be open and a barbecue dinner will be held that evening on the museum grounds.

On Saturday there will be a driving tour and automotive art show. The tour will depart the museum grounds at about 8:30 a.m. and return around 2:30 p.m. The art show will continue through Sunday and will include an introduction to automotive art by artist David Chapple. 

At 3 p.m. on Saturday Dr. Glenn Hamilton will make a special presentation—“The Richard A. Teague Packard Literature Collection: Revealing an Unseen Treasure,” which will focus on the extensive collection assembled by this noted automobile designer over four decades.

On Saturday evening a gala dinner will be held at the Radisson Plaza in Kalamazoo, preceded by cocktails and a silent auction.

Sunday events, in addition to the Classic automobiles on display, will include a silent auction of unique automobile-related items and a 1 p.m. presentation by Leslie and Leigh Keno: “Passage Through Time: The Importance of Originality and Preservation in the Art Market and the Historic Car Market.” A narrated awards-drive-by will take place later that afternoon, followed by a post-show farewell supper.

2015 “Experience” attendees will see two new museums: the Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum and the Cadillac-LaSalle Museum. Attendees may now visit the CCCA Museum, the Gilmore Car Museum, the H.H. Franklin Museum, the Pierce-Arrow Museum, the Ford Model A Museum and the Tucker Archives. The CCCA Library and the Gilmore Car Museum library are also available by appointment.  The CCCA Museum contains not only a fine collection of Full Classic® automobiles but a world class radiator mascot collection.

Host hotel is the Radisson Plaza-Kalamazoo Center in downtown Kalamazoo. All weekend events are open to the public, although some events will require ticket purchase.

Applications for the 2015 Grand Experience are available to print using the link above and also in the CCCA Bulletin.