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Gilmore Museum takes trip back in time

Second Annual Donald Gilmore Pre-1942 Showcase on Saturday, May 20

HICKORY CORNERS, Mich. _ On Saturday May 20, The Gilmore Car Museum, near Kalamazoo, will hold its second annual “Donald Gilmore Pre-1942 Showcase,” a one-day event which welcomes original vehicles 75 to 125 years old to spend the day driving within its historic campus.

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“You’ll feel like you just traveled back in time,” says museum spokesperson Jay Follis, “when something you would expect to see only sitting static in a museum actually drives by.”

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The public can experience free antique car rides, enjoy seeing a representation of the world’s very first automobile—the 1886 Benz decades before Henry Ford’s first car—being driven, and discover several owners wearing the period fashions that match the vehicles.

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A 1903 Columbia Electric, the first type of auto driven by a U.S. President, as well as a 1916 Detroit Electric, a favorite of Mrs. Thomas Edison, will also be on hand.

A rare group of highwheelers will include a Sears vehicle that was ordered new directly from the mail order catalog, shipped to Wisconsin, and used by the same family for decades before it was given to a local historical society.

Demonstrations will highlight the hand-crank starting of the popular Ford Model T “Tin Lizzy,” the lighting of a fire to start a steam-powered Stanley, and revealing the mammoth 522-cubic inch engine of a 1909 Thomas Flyer.

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This special event will also include a swap meet area for pre-1942 car parts, tools, vintage attire, and antiques.

Those who enter a vehicle built prior to 1942 into the show at $10 each are also invited to take part in a free driving tour on Friday.

Public admission to the show is reduced to $12 and includes access to the the entire Gilmore Car Museum campus and all exhibits. Children under 11 are free.

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The Gilmore Car Museum is located just 20 minutes northeast of Kalamazoo on M-43 and Hickory Road. You can learn more about the Museum and its events at or call 269-671-5089 for more information.

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