On Friday, May 31, in Hickory Corners Michigan, the Classic Car Club of America Museum “Chrysler” Experience got underway with its “Get Acquainted Barbecue” on the museum grounds. Executive Director Katie Robbins and her daughter Candace greeted participants at the door.
Once inside, this year’s attendees spent the social hour reuniting with old friends and making acquaintances with other Classic Car and Chrysler enthusiasts. Within a short time appetites were piqued from the aroma of the open-air barbecue. Lines formed at the serving tables where salads, pasta, and desserts (catered by Radisson Plaza at Kalamazoo Center ) were served. Museum President Howard Freedman welcomed Experience participants to the Museum grounds and announced the weekend schedule of events.
On Saturday morning a number of attendees headed out on the Experience Driving Tour, stopping for lunch and to have a look at two collections. Others used the time to relax and attend Tom Hale’s “Introduction to Automotive Art” lecture or participate in the groundbreaking for the new Lincoln Museum on the Gilmore campus. The new museum, fashioned after a historic Lincoln dealership in Detroit, is expected to open in the summer of 2014.
The 2013 Experience Dinner Gala was held Saturday evening at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo. Guests spent the social hour visiting and enjoying the automotive art, which would be up for bid at the after-dinner auction. Also auctioned were a number of trips and getaway packages provided by generous donors. Positioned around the perimeter of the dining room were dozens of items for the silent auction, including framed photo collections, books, jewelry, and much more.
After dinner speakers included Howard Freedman, CCCA President David Schultz, and Katie Robbins.
Oregon Region member David Charvet was the evening’s auctioneer, and later the evening’s entertainment. An award winning author of nine books on magic, Charvet delighted and amazed the audience with a succession of astonishing and bewildering tricks.
The Experience Concours began Sunday morning with packet pick-up and placement of cars on the field. Dozens of beautiful Full Classics® and Chryslers ranging from 1930 to 1963 were soon on display (see all entrants here).
2:30 PM saw the Experience Drive-by and Awards Presentation begin and it was quite a show (see all award winners here). Beyond the visual pleasure of watching the cream of the crop cross the presentation line, CCCA President David Schultz and past President Bob Joynt delivered a fascinating narrative, providing interesting insights into each and every winning vehicle.
Congratulations and goodbyes were exchanged at the Farewell Supper, capping off another Experience, with all eyes now looking forward to May 30-June1, 2014: A CCCA Grand Caravan on May 31 and a Museum Experience featuring Cadillacs and LaSalles (1902-1962) on June 1, 2014. We look forward to seeing you there!
Additional 2013 Experience Coverage by George Beyer