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t walgamuth
04-04-2016, 05:41 PM
There was a 37 CE there. Lovely medium blue car. Also a 63 avanti which did not have any grill under the front bumper. There was also a Packard Hawk. a really grand Dual cowl Deusenberg, a couple of scrumptious Auburns, a nice Aluminum bodied RR with the top of the body left without paint. Lots of Fords...a replica of Karl Benzes first auto (not labeled as a replica). ..a nice selection of pedal cars, and a really lovely working Diner from 1941. We had lunch there.

There was also an AJ Foyt INdy car from about 1977, with no guard rails so I could walk right up and peer into the cockpit. It looked about like the cockpit of my 85 Reynard Forumla Ford.

Really a first class museum!

JRoberts
04-04-2016, 08:50 PM
One of the best automobile museums ever!

Roly Lusted
04-04-2016, 11:10 PM
One of the best automobile museums ever!
Visited the Gilmore last summer with our Avanti. Nice museum, but hard to find.
Roly Lusted, president Hamilton Chapter

AnAvanti4Bob
04-04-2016, 11:36 PM
I find it every Wednesday as I volunteer in the library at Gilmore. It's always amazing to see the displays change. Those Auburns, BTW, are actually a set of 5 for every body style available and all done in the same colors; a deeeeeeep purple and silver. The cars in the main gallery were all owned by Donald Gilmore, the namesake of the museum, as this year the museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Being connected as I have been for the past 10+ years has been a pleasure.

t walgamuth
04-04-2016, 11:51 PM
The Foyt Indy car's rear tires are Huuuuuugggggggeeee! Must be nearly 2' wide.

I noticed the two Auburns had the same paint scheme....what's with that? Came from factory that way or somebody's favorite colors?

clonelark
04-05-2016, 04:57 AM
52882My GPS took me right there, but my cousin kept asking me are you sure that GPS isn't lying to us, we went thru a lot of housing areas to get there, We had just came from the Street Rod Nationals in Kalamazoo. This is what we were driving from Ca to Okla to Kalamazoo to Burlington Vt. With many auto museums along the way.

mnmfive
04-05-2016, 06:33 AM
I just looked it up. Looks like a great place!

stratovue
04-05-2016, 07:43 AM
It's my favorite automotive museum except, of course, for the Studebaker National Museum.

Ed Reynolds

sweetolbob
04-05-2016, 08:49 AM
Great place, visiting in the winter has smaller crowds. Visiting in the summer might let one find one of the repair shop doors open. Spent a fair amount of time discussing the sleeve valve concept with one of the employees restoring a Sterns-Knight.

They hold a durn nice car show/swap meet there in the summer also. August 6th this year.

clonelark
04-05-2016, 10:17 AM
They had Model A's when I went.

8E45E
04-05-2016, 10:37 AM
I love the fact they have great appreciation for all the local automakers in the area in which they reside. This includes Checker, Michigan Motor Car, Roamer, et al. They have examples of them, plus a great book on all the Kalamazoo automakers in their gift shop. I posted some here..

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?57361-Orphan-of-the-Day-12-16-1903-Michigan

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?51752-Orphan-of-the-Day-06-04-1920-Roamer-Touring

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?54989-Orphan-of-the-Day-09-29-1920-Roamer-Roadster

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?52710-Orphan-of-the-Day-07-10-1921-Roamer-Town-Car-Landaulet

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?53558-Orphan-of-the-Day-08-10-1922-Checker-Cab

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?52415-Orphan-of-the-Day-06-28-1936-Checker-Model-Y

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?51783-Orphan-of-the-Day-06-05-1982-Checker

Craig

t walgamuth
04-05-2016, 01:20 PM
They had Model A's when I went.

There is a separate building for early fords.....includes a school bus, an oil delivery truck, a transport truck with a Model a made into a tractor with a kit you could buy from Sears. Great stuff!

R3 challenger
04-05-2016, 02:14 PM
If you are passing through central Nebraska on I-80, there is a first-class automobile museum in Kearney, NE. It's called the Classic Car Collection, and consists of over 200 cars, most of them really nice. There are usually four or five Studebakers; my '58 Golden Hawk will be on display there for several months beginning around April 18th. Vehicles range from horse-drawn through early 1900s through a 1980s Ferrari and a GT-350 with a Paxton supercharger. There's a pretty, 1960 Champ pickup in the lobby. It's billed as "The Finest Car Collection Between Chicago and Denver"; presentation of the cars is excellent.

The museum is located on the East side of Kearney right on U.S. Highway 30, The Old Lincoln Highway. The website is classiccarcollection.org.

George

paul shuffleburg
04-05-2016, 03:58 PM
The great thing about the Gilmore Museum is that the displays are always changing
and you can also drive your car right onto the museum grounds for a photo shoot in
front of the Shell gas station and the diner. Great place to visit.

swvalcon
04-05-2016, 05:41 PM
Saw a story on it on I think it was my classic car. Looked like a place I would enjoy seeing if ever in the area. Like South Bend meet maybe.

sweetolbob
04-05-2016, 06:24 PM
Saw a story on it on I think it was my classic car. Looked like a place I would enjoy seeing if ever in the area. Like South Bend meet maybe.

Pretty close to 100 miles each way from South Bend but in May you should be able to get a great deal on a motel room in the area and spend a day. Do it!!:)

t walgamuth
04-05-2016, 07:27 PM
Saw a story on it on I think it was my classic car. Looked like a place I would enjoy seeing if ever in the area. Like South Bend meet maybe.

It'd be about two hours south bend to the Gilmore which is north of Kzoo.

clonelark
04-05-2016, 07:42 PM
They had Model A's when I went.



There is a separate building for early fords.....includes a school bus, an oil delivery truck, a transport truck with a Model a made into a tractor with a kit you could buy from Sears. Great stuff!


Guess i should have made myself more clear, They had the National Model A club there. they had an early Ford dealership where they (the Model A owners) could drive thru for service. Must have been over 200 Model A's of all types running around.

TWChamp
04-05-2016, 09:59 PM
Yes, the Model A club had a building built to represent an old time Ford dealership, and they have a large excellent display of cars and parts. Franklin also has their own building built to represent an old dealership, and they are across the road from the Model A building. I've been there 5 times, and it's definitely worth taking an extra day to go visit if you are in South Bend.

jeds55
04-06-2016, 03:13 PM
Gilmore every Wednesday Night.....Cruise-in

BeeJay
04-07-2016, 01:49 PM
I will be going in June. My kids gave me a gift of their Model T driving school for my last b'day. I scheduled it for later in the summer figuring on driving my "53. Hope the weather cooperates.

t walgamuth
04-07-2016, 09:33 PM
I will be going in June. My kids gave me a gift of their Model T driving school for my last b'day. I scheduled it for later in the summer figuring on driving my "53. Hope the weather cooperates.

Sounds like fun!

Roly Lusted
04-07-2016, 10:47 PM
Visited the Gilmore last summer with our Avanti. Nice museum, but hard to find.
Roly Lusted, president Hamilton Chapter

Another one we enjoyed, was the Hudson Museum at Shipshewana. Not as nicely arranged but some really nice cars there. That one is doable from South Bend.

jeds55
04-08-2016, 09:31 AM
Brother Tom did over 300 miles that weekend to make the show....

Xcalibur
04-09-2016, 11:56 PM
Another Stude related car at Gilmore for many decades was Tony Curtis' Series I Excalibur (number 6) which they auctioned a few years ago. It, like perhaps a fourth to a third of the doorless roadsters, went "across the pond," this time to England.

TWChamp
04-10-2016, 08:55 AM
Another Stude related car at Gilmore for many decades was Tony Curtis' Series I Excalibur (number 6) which they auctioned a few years ago. It, like perhaps a fourth to a third of the doorless roadsters, went "across the pond," this time to England.

I know nothing about the Xcalibur, but am wondering how it's related to Studebaker?

8E45E
04-10-2016, 09:28 AM
I know nothing about the Xcalibur, but am wondering how it's related to Studebaker?

Start here: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?76943-Studebaker-SS-Prototype-Excalibur

And here: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?17549-Studebaker-SS&highlight=excalibur

Craig