The 2024 CCCA Museum Experience

Power & Performance: Then & Now

May 31 – June 2, 2024 · Hickory Corners, Michigan

Host Hotel

Hilton Garden Inn Kalamazoo Downtown,

303 North Rose Street,
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Make own reservations, please call 269-382-4000 or on-line at: https://www.hilton.com/en/attend-my-event/azonegi-cccam-465ffef3-ad4a-439a-8e33-5b847383a5db/

Room rate: $169.00 (excludes tax). 

The deadline for the group rate is May 1, 2024

Event Schedule (tentative)

Friday, May 31

  • Registration
  • Driving Challenges
  • Cocktails
  • BBQ
  • Movie and Popcorn

Saturday, June 1

  • Registration
  • Concours Judging
  • Lunch
  • Concours Awards and Parade
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Banquet

   Friday, May 31

  • A car course challenge on the grounds of the Gilmore’s 90 acre campus. ~ Walk through our collection highlighting vehicles in our Power and Performance Exhibit running throughout the 2024 Season. 

  • Join us for a Power BBQ and the night will be topped off with a Gilmore/ CCCAM Movie night.

   Saturday, June 1

  • Experience Judging, with all Full Classic’s® welcome. ~ Relax for a Performance luncheon and the Awards Parade. ~ Join us at the Catalyst Center in Kalamazoo (near the host hotel) for a celebration Banquet.

Sunday, June 2-June 4

  • Join us for a driving tour of the Grand Traverse Bay and Mission Peninsula area. ~ Exploring the towns, wineries and beautiful scenery of the area.

   Sunday, June 2

  • Brunch and Tour of the W.K. Kellogg Manor House 
 

   Sunday, June 2 – June 4

  • Experience the Classic Era Tour – Plan to depart after brunch at the W.K. Kellogg Manor House for three days heading south into Indiana with stops at Classic Era Museums & Private Collections.  More details on this event will be coming soon.

DRIVING TOUR HOST HOTEL

Hampton Inn 1968 Lincolnway E, Goshen, IN 46526
$109/night plus tax, Breakfast Included
For reservations, please call 574-533-8800, use Group code “Driving Experience”or register online at:
https://www.hilton.com/en/attend-my-event/sbngshx-edt-30998a38-c216-4897-9492-b05e9edbf8d2/

 

If you have any questions, please contact:
Carol Vogt, Administrative Assistant at cvogt@cccamuseum.org or 269-671-5333
John Hansen, Executive Director at jhansen@cccamuseum.org or 269-671-5333

The Classic Car Club of America Museum will bring you The Experience, (June 2-5); a new exhibition of European Luxury cars, and a trip through the “Irish Hills of Michigan.”

Mark your calendars and join us here in Hickory Corners, MI for a great weekend of good food, entertainment, and a picturesque Michigan tour. Our 2023 European Luxury Exhibit will feature Classics not seen anywhere on the Gilmore Complex.

The Experiencing European Luxury will welcome you to the Gilmore Campus on Friday, June 2 for a “European style” BBQ, and a tour of the new 2023 exhibit that features 3 loaned Classics not seen anywhere on the Gilmore Campus. Friday evening will end with a VIP gathering on campus to hear the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Quartet, taking us through the sounds of Europe’s famous classical music composers.

Saturday will be filled with special events, including an on-campus luncheon, jurying of your great classic cars, and more music, and wine tastings. Also, at the CCCAM Banquet we will be gathering at the newest contemporary site in downtown Kalamazoo called The Catalyst Center. With floor to ceiling windows and a beautiful bright interior. This year each course will focus on a different European Country and the tastes that made each region famous! The same caterer from the Grand Opening will ensure this is a dining experience to remember.

Sunday we will leave from the Gilmore campus to the “Irish Hills of Michigan” for a two-day tour of this historic part of the state. Dan Cherry writes “As immigration into the newly christened Michigan state territory reached its peak, a small knot of Irish immigrants, some seeking new life in the United States, called a small portion of northern Lenawee County home. The rolling hills and crystal lakes, it is said, reminded them of their home country and they acquired that tangible reminder of Ireland. “

For those who want to experience this tour in luxury, we will be auctioning off the opportunity to tour this countryside in the newest addition to our collection, our 1937 Packard V12 Victoria Convertible coachwork by Rollston. The tour package comes complete with a chauffeur.

We will visit Ye Ole Carriage Shop, a collection of Michigan made cars as well as other eccentric memorabilia of the last 100 years. We will also dine at a local favorite restaurant situated on one of the many picturesque lakes in the region.

The 2023 CCCA Museum Experience

European Luxury Cars

June 2 & 3, 2023 · Hickory Corners, Michigan

Driving Tour · June 4-6, 2023

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2023 CCCA Museum Experience!   
We can’t wait to see you again next year!
Event Schedule

Friday, June 2

  • Registration
  • English BBQ
  • Kalamazoo Symphony Chamber Orchestra

Saturday, June 3

  • Registration
  • Show Field
  • Lunch
  • Wine Tasting
  • Chocolate Tasting
  • Awards Parade
  • European Luxury Banquet

   Sunday, June 4 – Tuesday, June 6

  • Driving Tour

The Classic Car Club of America Museum will bring you The Experience, (June 2-5); a new exhibition of European Luxury cars, and a trip through the “Irish Hills of Michigan.”

Mark your calendars and join us here in Hickory Corners, MI for a great weekend of good food, entertainment, and a picturesque Michigan tour. Our 2023 European Luxury Exhibit will feature Classics not seen anywhere on the Gilmore Complex.

The Experiencing European Luxury will welcome you to the Gilmore Campus on Friday, June 2 for a “European style” BBQ, and a tour of the new 2023 exhibit that features 3 loaned Classics not seen anywhere on the Gilmore Campus. Friday evening will end with a VIP gathering on campus to hear the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Quartet, taking us through the sounds of Europe’s famous classical music composers.

Saturday will be filled with special events, including an on-campus luncheon, jurying of your great classic cars, and more music, and wine tastings. Also, at the CCCAM Banquet we will be gathering at the newest contemporary site in downtown Kalamazoo called The Catalyst Center. With floor to ceiling windows and a beautiful bright interior. This year each course will focus on a different European Country and the tastes that made each region famous! The same caterer from the Grand Opening will ensure this is a dining experience to remember.

Sunday we will leave from the Gilmore campus to the “Irish Hills of Michigan” for a two-day tour of this historic part of the state. Dan Cherry writes “As immigration into the newly christened Michigan state territory reached its peak, a small knot of Irish immigrants, some seeking new life in the United States, called a small portion of northern Lenawee County home. The rolling hills and crystal lakes, it is said, reminded them of their home country and they acquired that tangible reminder of Ireland. “

For those who want to experience this tour in luxury, we will be auctioning off the opportunity to tour this countryside in the newest addition to our collection, our 1937 Packard V12 Victoria Convertible coachwork by Rollston. The tour package comes complete with a chauffeur.

We will visit Ye Ole Carriage Shop, a collection of Michigan made cars as well as other eccentric memorabilia of the last 100 years. We will also dine at a local favorite restaurant situated on one of the many picturesque lakes in the region.

The Grand Re-Opening Celebration of the CCCA Museum a Smashing Success

Saturday, August 28, 2021 will be long remembered by the 160 plus attendees to the festivities as an amazing day to celebrate the long awaited expansion and new ways of exhibiting some of the finest automobiles ever made. My congratulations to the Museum Board for a perfect day of celebration that included documented stories by museum members and their memories of touring, restoring and becoming an important community member to the CCCAM. Thanks to Hemmings for collecting these recollections as well as documenting the entire weekend of events. (More Hemmings info to follow.)

Other highlights included the dedication of the Ann Klien sculpture, “Racing to Hershey” by artist Alexander Buchan, as well as the dedication of the Katie Robbins’ Plaza and sculpture, tours of the new installation and ending the evening with a gorgeous five course black-tie dinner with our special guest Wayne Carini. Also, there was a special “thank you” video tribute to Lee and Floy Barthel for their continued support of the Museum and the building expansion.

I thank everyone for their support for the present – and future of the Museum. We have many more innovations and celebrations ahead of us and, with your ongoing patronage we will grow and continue to tell the stories of the Classic Era for generations to come!

Thanks to Don Wood for the great photographs he captured during the Grand Re-Opening Celebration!

— Don Desmett

The 2019 CCCA Museum Experience

All Gilmore Partner Museum automobiles and Full Classics®

Each year during the first weekend in June, The Classic Car Club of America Museum hosts The Experience on the grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum. Many Full Classics® are displayed along with automobiles of a specific marque from the history of fine automobile manufacturing. Since the first event in 1987, The Experience has drawn thousands of visitors annually to Hickory Corners, Michigan, where visitors are also able to view over 300 fine automobiles on display on the 90-acre Gilmore Car Museum campus.

The theme for 2019 was all Full Classics® and all Gilmore Partner Museum automobiles: Cadillac and LaSalle, Franklin, Lincoln, Model A, and Pierce-Arrow.

Text by Ara and Diane Ekizian, Rich Ray, and Carol Vogt – Photography by Don Woods and Authors

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A TRIO OF GRAND EVENTS

The 33rd annual CCCA Museum Experience on the Gilmore Museum campus in Hickory Corners, Michigan took place on the weekend of May 31 – June 7.

Puffy white clouds dotting a beautiful blue sky, warm temps, and a gentle breeze greeted everyone Friday evening to begin this years’ Experience.  CCCA friends (and soon to be friends) gathered amongst Automotive Art in Gilmore Car Museum’s Carriage House to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before moving into the Heritage Center for dinner. Museum President, Howard Freedman welcomed all to the first ever “Trio of Grand Events”; A Grand Classic, The Grand Experience, and a driving Tour to Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

Saturday, June 1st The Michigan Region Grand Classic, first of the “Trio of Grand Events”, kicked off with partly sunny skies.  Exhibitors were checked in by Nancy and Larry Seyfarth and their Classics were arranged on the lawn in front of the CCCA.  But as judging began, ominous clouds were seen in the distance and it wasn’t long before the rains came.  Led by Michigan Region Area Head Judge, Terry Ernest, and Assistant Head Judge, Marcus Shelley, some judging was complete before exhibitors covered their cars and ran into Museum buildings to cover themselves.  Throughout the afternoon judges huddled, bolted, and dodged rain drops as they tried diligently to determine the virtues of each Full Classic® to which inspired a new rendition of “Singing in the Rain”:

Judging in the Rain
We’re judging in the rain.
It drove us insane.
What a glorious feeling when the sun shone again.
The cars were all groomed.
The judging resumed
With all the results being finally tuned.
We were judging, just judging in the rain.

To complete the judging process, Terry and Marcus were assisted by Head Tabulator, Irene Shelley and her team Amy Jidov, Floy Barthel, Barbara Morningstar, Michelle Seyfarth and Rita Ernest as Runner.

The Grand Classic awards were as follows:

  • Grand Classic – Premier Early 1931 Franklin 153 Sport Coupe by Derham 1st 98.75 Points Robert Cornman Pen Argyl, PA
  • Primary Production 1937-1939 1937 Packard 1501 Coupe 1st 96.00 Points Jan Grant Franklin, WI
  • Premier Late 1940 Packard 1803 Convertible Coupe 1st 97.50 Points Jim Cowin Cambridge, OH
  • Premier Middle 1938 Packard 1607 1st 99.75 Points Tom Brace St. Paul, MN
  • Primary Custom 1935 Lincoln K Coupe by LeBaron 1st 95.75 Points Ted Stahl Chesterfield, MI
  • Primary Production 1930-1932 1932 Auburn 8-100A Cabriolet 1st 97.50 Points John Brewer Davenport, IA
  • Primary Production 1940 Packard 1803 Touring Sedan 1st 98.70 Points Lee Barthel Northville, MI
  • Primary Production 1941 Cadillac 60S Sedan 1st 98.50 Points Jim Morningstar Brighton, MI
  • Primary Production 1947 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet 1st 99.50 Points Al Longley Dayton, MN
  • Senior Production 1937 Packard 1506 Sedan 1st 99.50 Points Mark Desch Stillwater, MN
  • Touring Early 1925 Cole Master Brouette Sedan by Willoughby Over Qualified 96.5 Points Kevin Fleck Canton, MI
  • Touring Early 1929 Invicta A Touring by Carlton Over Qualified 97.00 Points Ted Delphia Livonia, MI
  • Touring Middle 1938 Buick 40 Town Car by Brewster Over Qualified 95.00 Points Ron DeWoskin Fitchburg, WI
  • Touring Vintage 1923 Cole 890 Coupe 1st 90 Points Ben Burnham-Fleck Canton, MI

During the on and off rain showers, exhibitors took refuge in various buildings touring exhibits including the Invitational Automotive Art Exhibit, judged by Marcus Shelley and co-organized by artists, Steve Macy and Tom Hale.  Additional prominent artists were Alex Buchan, Gerald Freeman, and Dan McCrary, creator of this year’s poster painting.  Showcased on the poster is CCCA member, Tom Tuls’s multi-award winning 1931 Packard 840 Roadster.  Another excellent exhibit, co-created by Chris Shires, Executive Director of Gilmore Car Museum and Michigan Region’s Rich Ray, displayed the history of the former Fisher Body Craftsmen’s Guild.  The 1930 – 1968 program encouraged young automobile designers to compete for an opportunity to win college scholarships.  Included in the exhibit are many fine model cars designed and built by applicants.

Saturday evening, all enjoyed a fine dinner at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo followed by the Artist award presented to Dan McCrary for his amazing water color paintings and Grand Classic Awards as follows:

Sunday, June 2nd transitioned quickly from a cloudy morning to a glorious, sunny day with billowy clouds and just enough of a breeze.  A large turnout of Full Classics and non-Classics filled the field in front of the CCCA Museum for the 33rd Annual Museum Experience; the second of the week’s “Trio of Grand Events”.  This year, the Experience featured all Cadillac & LaSalle, Franklin, Lincoln, Model A Ford and Pierce-Arrow automobiles (each with a museum on the Gilmore campus) in addition to CCCA Full Classics®.

Exhibitors enjoyed a buffet lunch followed by the Drive-By and Awards Presentation with winners announced by David Schultz and presented by CCCA Museum President Howard Freedman.

Judging for the Experience is “Concours” style and headed by Judging Chairman Greg Kosmatka.  As judge Larry Pumphrey expressed it, “judging for this event requires a subjective observation for a perfect restoration combined with a WOW factor of a unique feature that makes a vehicle outstanding.”

After a busy weekend of showing Full Classics® at the Michigan Region Grand Classic and the CCCA Museum Experience, a hardy group gathered at the CCCA Museum early Monday morning for coffee and donuts in preparation for a chance to drive them in the third of the week’s “Trio of Grand Events”.

 

Our first day was a beautiful drive to Traverse City overlooking the Grand Traverse Bay of Lake Michigan.  This bustling city is home to everything from beaches to wineries.  On the way, we drove through rolling farm country, rural towns and resort areas.  Our lunch stop was at The Shack Restaurant in Jugville, USA.  Don’t let the name and location prejudice your view of this rustic lake front resort with interesting antiques and good food.  From there, we continued further north to the Cherry Tree Inn & Suites overlooking the beach on the east arm of Grand Traverse Bay.  Of course, we found ice cream at Jones’ Homemade Ice Cream in Baldwin which was judged superior by our esteemed CCCA ice cream judges.  After checking into our hotel, we departed for the nearby Hagerty Collection where we were guests of Hagerty Insurance, headquartered in Traverse City, for dinner among the interesting cars in their collection.

Tuesday morning was a beautiful drive to Mackinaw City to catch our Shepler’s Ferry to Mackinac Island.  On the way, we passed through several interesting towns including Elk Rapids, Charlevoix and Petoskey.  Much of the drive was overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan.  After securely parking our Classics® at Shepler’s indoor car storage facility, we boarded for our 16 minute ferry ride to Mackinac Island with views of the spectacular Mackinac Bridge connecting Michigan’s two peninsulas.  Despite the chilly weather, the captain took us under the bridge for some spectacular views of the structure.  Arriving at the island, we entered a Victorian style setting where only bicycles and horse-drawn carriages are allowed (don’t ask about the irony for a car club to visit a place that bans cars, just enjoy it).  Motor vehicles were banned from the island at the end of the 19th century and the restriction continues today (except for emergency and some construction vehicles).   Automobile emissions are replaced with 5,800 tons of horse manure per year.

Mackinac Island is located in Lake Huron between the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan. Lying in the Straits of Mackinac that join Lakes Huron and Michigan, the 3.8-square mile island once served as home to a Native American tribe, a center for fur trading, then a military post when the British built Fort Mackinac (still available to tour on the island). It became a popular tourist destination in the late 19th century.  The 390-room Grand Hotel opened in 1887 to summer tourists. It has the world’s largest porch (660 feet) overlooking Lake Huron and the hotel’s beautiful gardens. No two guest rooms are the same, which makes one want to walk through every room to see the decor!

After getting settled in our hotels, either the historic Grand Hotel or the new Bicycle Street Inn & Suites, the afternoon was free to begin our explorations of Mackinac Island.  We gathered for cocktails and dinner at the Grand Hotel, renowned for its elegance.

 

Wednesday, was free to explore the island: walk down town, visit the fort, take a buggy ride or rent a bike for a trip around the island to work up an appetite for our dinner at the Grand Hotel.  There are 14 fudge shops on the island! So much fudge is made that more than 10 tons of butter is brought to the island every year. So popular is the island’s fudge that tourists are often referred to as “fudgies”.  To help us sort through all the fudge ‘clutter”, Kathy and Greg Kosmatka hosted a “fudge tasting” in the Grand Hotel’s Jockey Club Wednesday afternoon.  John Kruse, who is very familiar with Mackinac Island, selected samples of chocolate and peanut butter fudge from five of the island’s top fudge purveyors for our blind taste test.  With red wine to cleanse our palettes, the group selected the best in each category.   It was great fun and we thank them for organizing the event.

Thursday morning we caught the ferry back to the mainland to recover our Classics® and headed for Cross Village.  Long before the automobile industry emerged in Michigan, the state was renowned for its casting industries, including stoves.  Legs Inn, which takes its name from the cast iron stove legs fixed to the top of the building, was founded in the 1920’s by a Polish immigrant, Stanley Smolak, who began with a curio shop selling local Indian artifacts.  The restaurant has become a regional landmark offering delicious Polish dishes. Some of the group dined across the street at a very nice Italian restaurant.  We then set out on M-119, “The Tunnel of Trees”, the narrow road that runs along a spectacular bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, with especially sharp twists at Devil’s Elbow (reputed to be haunted by an evil spirit and voices after dark) and at Horseshoe Curve or Bend.  Recognized as one of the most beautiful drives in the U.S., it concludes at Harbor Springs a quaint resort town in a sheltered bay on the north shore of the Little Traverse Bay.

Upon arriving back in Traverse City, we checked into the West Bay Beach Resort recently purchased by CCCA member, Charles Mallory.  We gathered for cocktails on the beach patio before proceeding to an excellent buffet dinner with a view of the water and beautiful piano music.  It was a great conclusion to a very enjoyable week and we wish to thank Lee Barthel and Amy Jidov for organizing the tour with help from Greg & Jean Stachura, Carol Vogt, Phil Fischer, Rich Ray and Mark Iles, trouble truck driver.  Participants on the tour were Lee & Floy Barthel, Carol Bray & Tlanda McDonald, Robert & Debbie Cornman, Kayla Denny & Kerri Lind from Hagerty, Ara & Diane Ekizian, Phil & Helen Fischer, Don Ghareeb, Charles & Tolina Hennighausen, Kent & Amy Jidov, David & Linda Kane, Greg & Kathy Kosmatka, Al Kroemer, John Kruse, Charles Mallory, Jim Callahan, & Jim Stanton, Eric, Lillian & Audrey Miller, Jim & Barbara Morningstar, Bill & Barbara Parfet & Mark Iles, Larry & Carol Pumphrey, Rich & Mary Ray, Sally Sinclair & Christine Snyder, and  Carl & Vicki Zeiger.

Special thanks to Jerry Steelman, Randy McKinnis, & Dave Sandles for attending The Experience to work on Museum cars and to Kathy Kosmatka and Candace Haag for their significant help making the show run smoothly.

The 2012 CCCA Museum Experience

Foreign Cars and Full Classics®

On Sunday, June 3 in Hickory Corners Michigan, the 2012 CCCA Museum “Grand Experience” featured a host of outstanding Foreign Cars through 1965 and an equally stunning group of CCCA Full Classics® presented for the CCCA Museum’s annual judged Concours event. The outstanding automobiles were on display for the public while the Judging took place. The diversity of the body styles and cars was magical.

Check out the images from the 2012 event!

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“It was a great weekend,” said CCCA Museum president Howard Freedman. “The weather on Saturday and Sunday was ideal for our 26th annual Experience. The automobile rides proved to be a special treat for spectators attending the Saturday Grand Classic, they definitely enjoyed riding in the Museum’s Classics on the grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum campus.”

The weekend events commenced on Friday with a driving tour through the beautiful Michigan countryside to the Abbott Magic Company, followed by the traditional “Get Acquainted” Bar-B-Que on the grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum.

For qualified Foreign Cars and Classic Cars attending the weekend, Saturday began with a Grand Classic on the lawn in front of the CCCA Museum. In addition to the Grand Classic, events ran throughout the day including an Art Show that featured a number of the foremost automotive artists in America. The importance of the Art Show was emphasized by an outstanding presentation on Automotive Art delivered by Tom Hale.

A gala Saturday evening dinner and presentation concluded the day’s activities. Bill Parfet served as celebrity auctioneer for the auction that kicked off the evening events. Bill’s antics and fun delivery of auction items is now one of the most enjoyable annual traditions of the Experience. Museum President, Howard Freedman welcomed those in attendance and shared the future plans for the Museum before introducing the 2012 Honorary Chairman, Sunny Turnquist. Sunny shared her personal observations on the importance of the CCCA Museum and wonderful anecdotes on her participation in the Club over the past 60 years. The new Carolina Region of the Club was presented its Charter by David Schultz, CCCA President. The gala concluded with presentation of the new CCCA vintage styled awards given to 23 winners of the Grand Classic.

On Sunday the “Grand Experience” took place with a truly outstanding group of automobiles making up a field of great Foreign-built cars and splendid Classic Cars. A number of significant foreign cars, including many stunning examples of Bentley, Hispano-Suiza, Mercedes, Railton and Rolls-Royce cars, were present. The drive-by and awards presentation, narrated by Bob Joynt and David Schultz, was both enjoyable to watch and informative.

The earliest car present for the weekend was an outstanding 1922 Isotta-Fraschini, owned by Roy Margenau. Awards presented on Sunday included the CCCA Museum Trustees Award; the Honorary Chairman’s Award; the Art Award for most beautiful car; the Hyman Award; the Governor’s Award, Sponsored by Gooding & Company Auctions; the Award for Most Elegant; the People’s; the Don Gilmore; The Hobbyist Award; and Best of Show. The full listing of award winners will be reported by Ron Verschoor in the Club’s publications.

The 2012 Experience event sponsors included Hyman Ltd., World Wide Auctions and Hagerty Insurance, along with the generous support of chief sponsor, Gooding & Company. It was through the great support and hospitality of the entire staff at the Gilmore Car Museum that made this annual event successful once again this year.

To cap off a weekend of great camaraderie and in recognition of our 25 year affiliation, the Gilmore Car Museum hosted a wonderful afterglow party in their new  Heritage Center at the conclusion of the Experience awards presentation.

The 2013 Experience theme is “Chrysler through the 1965 letter cars” plus all Full Classics®, of course and it will be held on Sunday, June 2, 2013. We hope to see you there.

The 2011 CCCA Museum Experience

Indiana-Built Cars and Full Classics®

The 2011 CCCA Museum “Grand Experience” featured wonderful Indiana-built cars presented for the CCCA Museum’s annual judged Concours event. The “Experience” also featured excellent examples of all full classic automobiles on display Sunday, June 5 in Hickory Corners Michigan. The diversity of the body styles and cars was simply wonderful.

Check out the images from the 2011 event!

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“It was a most enjoyable weekend,” said CCCA Museum president Walter Blenko. “The weather was perfect for every event scheduled for our 25th annual Experience. The automobile rides proved to be a special treat for spectators who definitely enjoyed riding in the Museum’s Classics again this year.”

The weekend events commenced on Friday with the traditional “Get Acquainted” Bar-B-Que on the grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum.

For the Indiana-built and Classic Cars attending the weekend, Saturday began with a morning tour through the beautiful Michigan countryside. A great swap meet ran all afternoon as did the Art Show that featured some the foremost automotive artists in America and was punctuated by Tom Hale’s presentation on Automotive Art.

The day’s activities concluded with a gala evening dinner and presentation. In what is now a welcome tradition at the Experience, Bill Parfet served as celebrity auctioneer for the auction that kicked off the evening events.

On Sunday the “Grand Experience” took place with a truly outstanding group of automobiles making up a field of great Indiana-built cars and superb Classic Cars. The awards drive-by, narrated by Bob Joynt and David Schultz, was both informative and enjoyable.

Among the earliest car present was the Class Award winning Marmon Speedster build pace car for the Indianapolis 500 in 1921 restored by Jack Dunning. The CCCA Museum Award was presented to a 1932 Stutz Convertible Coupe owned by Mark Desch; the Art Award honored the beautiful 1930 Cord L-29 Speedster owned by Ed and Judy Schoenthaler; the Hyman Award went to the1932 Auburn, 8, 8-120, Speedster owned by Terry and Rita Ernest; the Governor’s Award, Sponsored by Gooding & Company Auctions, went to the 1931 Studebaker President 4 Seasons Roadster owned by Chuck Morgan; the Award for Most Elegant car went to the largest car present, the 1928 Daimler Royal Limousine of Bob and Barb Lorkowski; the People’s Choice was gathered up by Connie and Dennis Sobieski with their 1930 Cadillac Fleetwood Roadster; the Gilmore Award was presented to a 1932 Franklin Sedan from the Franklin Automobile Collection; and Best of Show was won by a 1929 Murphy bodied Duesenberg Phaeton owned by Chuck Letts.

The 2011 Experience event sponsors included Hyman Ltd. and Hagerty Insurance, who sponsored the Junior Judges, along with the generous support of Chief sponsor, Gooding & Company, whose representatives presented the Honorary Chairman’s Award to a 1930 Duesenberg Convertible Coupe with a body by Hibbard & Darrin from the Off Brothers Collection. It was also the great support and hospitality of the entire staff at the Gilmore Auto Museum that made this annual event successful once again this year.

Following the awards presentation Bill and Barbara Parfet hosted the wonderful afterglow party – a fitting end to a truly great camaraderie at the Museum weekend.

The 2012 Experience theme is All Foreign Automobiles through 1965 and Full Classics®. It will be held on Sunday, June 3 with a Grand Classic to be held on Saturday, June 2.

The 2010 CCCA Museum Experience

Closed Cars and Full Classics®

The 2010 CCCA Museum “Experience” featured closed cars with 75 excellent examples on display Sunday, June 6 in Hickory Corners Michigan. The diversity of body styles was wonderful — including everything from coupes and sedans to all-weather landaulets and limousines.

Check out the images from the 2010 event!

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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 weekend.

“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 Museum.

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.