The earliest closed car presented was a 1924 Packard Fleetwood town car. The show
field included several rarely-seen Classics including a 1925 Lincoln Judkins Berline,
a 1926 Wills Sainte Claire club sedan, a 1932 Nash 1090 Victoria coupe and a 1934
Brewster town car. Although most of the Classics came from throughout the Midwest,
others came from as far away as Alabama, Colorado and Kansas.
A special treat was seeing two beautiful Lincoln KB custom-built coupes – one by
Dietrich and one by Judkins. Five of the CCCA Museum’s closed cars were on display
and were busy providing rides on the Gilmore campus for spectators throughout the
“It was a most enjoyable weekend,” said CCCA Museum president Walter Blenko. “Despite
threatening skies every event planned for the weekend was held as scheduled. The
automobile rides proved to be a special treat for spectators. People definitely
enjoyed riding in the Museum’s Classics.”
The weekend events began on Friday morning with a tour through the beautiful Michigan
countryside, including a stop at a historic mill. The historic Kellogg mansion on
Gull Lake provided a perfect setting for lunch and a tour of the mansion. Friday
concluded with an evening barbecue dinner served on the grounds of the Gilmore Car
The Saturday Grand Classic with a stunning field that included twelve 100-point
Classic Cars concluded with a gala dinner and awards presentation that evening.
In what is becoming a tradition at the Experience, Bill Parfet served as celebrity
auctioneer for the auction that kicked off the evening events.
On Sunday the Closed Car Experience took place with 75 truly outstanding automobiles
making up a field of great Classic Cars. The awards drive-by narrated by Bob Joynt
and David Schultz was, as usual, informative and enjoyable. Following the awards
presentation Bill and Barbara Parfet hosted the wonderful afterglow party – a fitting
end to a truly great weekend of camaraderie.
Chief sponsor of the 2010 Experience was Gooding & Company. David Gooding, president
of the company, was on hand throughout the weekend and presented the honorary chairman’s
award. Other event sponsors were Hyman Ltd. and Hagerty Insurance.