Museums: Beaulieu to fire up famed BRM V16 engine

1950 BRM will roar back to life | National Motor Museum photo by Samantha  Samantha Cook Photography
1950 BRM will roar back to life | National Motor Museum photo by Samantha Samantha Cook Photography

If you want to draw a crowd, simply start the engine of a vintage racing car. The unmuffled sound is magnetic. Crank it and they will come.

You may recall the celebration that surrounded the repair and restarting in 2014 of the engine in Malcolm Campbell’s “Blue Bird” Sunbeam 1924 speed-record car, and the crowd that gathered a year later when the car made another run on the Pendine Sands. Continue reading

Museums: Red barns, multi-hued cars at Gilmore ‘Spectacular’

Classic cars such as this Bonneville racer amid the Gilmore's red barns | Larry Edsall photo
Classic red barns and cars such as this Bonneville racer at the Gilmore | Larry Edsall photo

The annual Red Barns Spectacular car show and swap meet takes place August 5 at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan. Sponsored by the Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restorers Club, the event annually draws a few thousand vehicles for what is two shows — a judged show and a driver’s choice show, both open to vehicles of all sorts that are at least 25 years old. Continue reading

Rhodes trip: Inventor was decades ahead of GPS guidance

Gilmore's showcase of Kalamazoo-made cars isn't its only tribute to nearby creativity | Larry Edsall photos
Gilmore’s showcase of Kalamazoo-made cars isn’t its only tribute to nearby creativity | Larry Edsall photos

Enter the Gilmore Car Museum these days and you are greeted by a display of vehicles produced in nearby Kalamazoo, Michigan.

“Kalamazoo: The Other Motor City” is the title of the exhibit that includes several Checkers, one of them from the late 1970s/early ‘80s television series Taxi, as well as assorted vehicles by Roamer, Dort, Handley and Barley, as well as a 1903 Michigan, and even a re-creation of the 1915 Cornelian Speedway Racer, built by the Block Brothers Machine shop and raced at Indy by none other than Louis Chevrolet. Continue reading

Gilmore museum ‘delivers’ with vintage truck exhibit

1937 Studebaker (left) and 1936 Mack Jr. are part of the vintage truck exhibit at the Gilmore Car Museum |Larry Edsall photos
1937 Studebaker (left) and 1936 Mack Jr. are part of the vintage truck exhibit at the Gilmore Car Museum |Larry Edsall photos

When we think of trucks, “guts” is the more likely word to come to mind than “glamour.” And the Gilmore Car Museum acknowledges this fact in the title of its newest special exhibit, “Designed for Delivery: The Early American Truck,” and in the illustration that shows a truck hauling a heavy load at a shipyard. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Gilmore Car Museum celebrates 50 years

Cars owned by museum founder Donald Gilmore fill the main gallery for 50th anniversary | Larry Edsall photos
Cars owned by museum founder Donald Gilmore fill the main gallery for 50th anniversary | Larry Edsall photos

Genevieve Gilmore knew her husband, Donald, would need something to occupy his time after his retirement, so she bought him a 1920 Pierce-Arrow that needed restoration.

It was a strange gift for a man who had never been a car enthusiast. But perhaps he’d just been too busy running the family department store and then a major pharmaceutical company that also was part of the family’s enterprises. Continue reading

Artist donates 12,000-pound brick Pontiac to Gilmore museum

'Mom's Favorite Car' arrives on trailer at Gilmore museum's vintage Shell station | Gilmore photos
‘Mom’s Favorite Car’ arrives on trailer at Gilmore museum’s vintage Shell station | Gilmore photos

We often write about classic cars as rolling sculpture. Well, the newest vehicle at the Gilmore Car Museum truly is a sculpture, but since it is made of 12,000 pounds of bricks, it doesn’t really roll.

“Mom’s Favorite Car” is the name of the bas-relief brick sculpture that artist Paula Blincoe Collins has donated to the museum. Collins, who has done more than 200 brick sculptures, created the car for the recent ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Continue reading

Gilmore exhibit celebrates ‘Golden Age of Sports Cars’

Janis Joplin and her Porsche
Janis Joplin and her Porsche

Janis Joplin’s 1964 Porsche 356, Nicholas Cage’s 1967 Ferrari 275/GTB 4, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz “gullwing” 300SL and a 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 are among some two dozen vehicles to be showcased in “The Golden Age of Sports Cars, 1949-1967,” a special exhibit at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan.

The exhibit opens October 1 and runs until April 2017. Continue reading

Students will go from Gilmore museum garage to The Great Race

High school students will finish Gilmore museum's 1935 Packard and take on The Great Race | Larry Edsall photos
High school students will finish Gilmore museum’s 1935 Packard and take on The Great Race | Larry Edsall photos

Next summer, The Great Race for vintage vehicles will approximate one of the historic Dixie Highway routes as it runs from Jacksonville, Florida, to Traverse City, Michigan. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Chrysler 300 Club Spring Show

Chrysler 300 Letter Cars gather at the Gilmore Car Museum | Larry Nutson photos
Chrysler 300 Letter Cars gather at the Gilmore Car Museum | Larry Nutson photos

Appropriately titled “TorqueFlites and Tulips,” the Chrysler 300 Club International held its recent Spring 2016 meet in Holland, Michigan. Club members and Chrysler 300 letter-car owners along with spouses, significant others and guests toured the countryside of western Michigan and staged a show on the grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners. Continue reading