Hickory Corners, Mich. - The second annual Winter Motoring Meet at the Gilmore Car Museum provides for a day of outdoor family fun in Michigan’s winter weather, plus full access to the museum’s remarkable indoor collection of more than 400 classic vehicles.
The Winter Motoring Meet will include scenic rides around the snow-covered Gilmore campus in several of the museum’s antique cars and trucks, a special exhibit of vintage snowmobiles, a professional ice carving exhibition, and outdoor games. Guests will also be able to warm up by an outdoor fire, with available food & beverage options to include homemade soup, gourmet hot chocolate, winter beer, a glass of wine, or a favorite cocktail. If we’re lucky enough to have fresh snow on the day of the meet, guests are welcome to bring their own snowshoes or cross-country skis for a trek across our beautiful 90-acre campus.
FREE “glorified sleigh rides” through the snow-covered Gilmore campus will be offered to museum guests, riding on bench seats in the bed of a classic Ford Model AA pickup truck, and in other classic “open air” cars and trucks from the museum’s collection. Guests should consider bringing their warm coats, hats, gloves, and perhaps even blankets.
A special one-day-only exhibit of antique, vintage, and racing snowmobiles (from 1992 & older) will be on featured display at the Winter Motoring Meet. The indoor and outdoor snowmobile exhibit has been coordinated with help and support from Vintage Snowmobile Michigan (@VintageSnowmobileMichigan), and its Facebook community of 4,000 passionate snowmobile enthusiasts from across Michigan and the Great Lakes region (https://www.facebook.com/VintageSnowmobileMichigan)
“The Gilmore Car Museum’s Winter Motoring Meet is for folks who appreciate Michigan’s Winter Motoring season, whether in their cars, 4x4 trucks, Jeeps, or snowmobiles,” said Josh Russell, Executive Director of the Gilmore Car Museum. “It’s a fun way for us to get outside and enjoy the winter season, in an outdoor environment with plenty of space to spread out and enjoy our 90-acre campus.”
Winter Motoring Meet activities will run from 10am – 4pm ET on Saturday, February 5, 2022. On that same day, general museum hours of operation run from 10am – 5pm ET.
While the vintage snowmobile exhibit is planned as a static display, and does NOT include a snowmobile ride event, if snow conditions permit on the day of the event, organizers will hold vintage snowmobile Two-Stroke Power Parade low-speed exhibition laps on the museum’s groomed circle track, scheduled decade-by-decade:
11:00 – 11:20am ET: 1970s Snowmobiles
12:00 – 12:20pm: 1950s & earlier Snowmobiles
1:00 – 1:20pm: 1960s Snowmobiles
2:00 – 2:20pm: Vintage Racing Snowmobiles (all eras)
3:00 – 3:20pm: 1980s & 1990s Snowmobiles
For registration of vintage snowmobiles and vehicles for the Winter Motoring Meet, visit: https://gilmorecarmuseum.org/events/winter-motoring-meet
For general questions or more information, visit www.GilmoreCarMuseum.org, call (269) 671-5089 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Access to the Winter Motoring Meet and related activities will be included in standard daily admission to the museum on Saturday, February 5th ($16 Adults/Seniors; $11 Youth Ages 11-17; FREE Children Ages 10 and under; FREE Active Military).
About Gilmore Car Museum
The world-renowned Gilmore Car Museum – North America’s largest auto museum with more than 400 vehicles on display -- is located midway between Chicago and Detroit, just 20 minutes north of Kalamazoo, or 45 minutes south of Grand Rapids. The museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, whose mission is to tell the history of America through the automobile. Learn more at GilmoreCarMuseum.org
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