Classic Car Club of America Museum

Classic Car Club of America Museum The CCCA Museum offers visitors a combination of Classic vehicles, automobilia, antique buildings all set in the pristine rural Michigan countryside.
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Perhaps you've heard that the Classic Car Club of America has a terrific museum but, unless you’ve been there, you probably don’t know much about it. It all started around 1983 when Dick Gold began to encourage the club to look for a location for a museum. Dick’s vision was to have a place to perpetuate CCCA Classic cars and idealize the Classic Era for future generations. Another club member, Norm Knight, thought the campus of the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, would be an ideal spot. Norm happened to be the Curator of the Gilmore Museum, and got the Club together with the Museum folks. The result was the Classic Car Club of America Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan. Its mission was simply stated as: “Dedicated to the discovery, procurement and preservation of automobilia, notable automobiles, artifacts and documents from the Classic Era.” In fact, that’s just what it does. The location turned out to be a logical choice. Today the campus contains eight barns that are filled with some 240 wonderful automobiles. Along with three miles of paved roads to exercise them, a restored diner, a wayside train station, and a re-creation of a 1930’s service station, the barns grace the beautifully landscaped 90 acres in rural southwest Michigan. All things considered, it is an ideal spot for the Classic Car Club of America Museum. The response from club members to donate Classic cars was astonishing. A nearby barn that had been built in the 1890s was acquired, moved to a corner of the Gilmore grounds and rebuilt. It was named for Tom Barrett, the Arizona collector, who helped fund the project. Very soon great Classic cars like Duesenbergs, Rolls-Royce, Cadillac, Lincoln, Packard, and Wills-Sainte-Claire began motoring into the Thomas W. Barrett Barn. Then Marvin Tamaroff, a long-time CCCA member from Michigan and a strong supporter of the Museum, offered his incredible mascot collection. It’s believed to be the largest in the world. Now 675 rare, exciting and original hood ornaments are on display for visitors to enjoy. Over the years, a lot of very dedicated people have helped the CCCA Museum grow. Among them was Noel Thompson of New Jersey. Noel generously donated the funds to build a library. Again, contributions poured in: automobile books, magazine collections, and literature. Most significantly, we received the archives of the people who contributed to the making of the Classic Era. The CCCA Museum is the logical place for these irreplaceable documents that were the work of the great custom coachbuilders of the Classic Era. Today the files of the custom houses of Derham and Judkins as well as the papers of Ray Dietrich being carefully preserved. A few years ago it became obvious the Museum had outgrown itself. Again, friends stepped forward to help. Our new octagon barn is named for Dr. Erle M. Heath who was a CARavaner extraordinaire. The barn was completed in record time and has almost doubled our floor space. Dick & Linda Kughn, who have been long time supporters, contributed $100,000.00 toward the project. The new gallery has been named in their honor. Former Museum president and current Museum trustee Fred Guyton was not only the architect of our new barn but was instrumental in a great deal of the fund raising to make the project a success. The CCCA Museum at Gilmore is open year-round. The main event for the Classic Car Club of America Museum is called “The Experience.” It’s held on the first weekend of June. Our Museum has organized a Concours d’Elegance that brings together many of the cars you see at Pebble Beach and Amelia Island. The Experience is organized in a friendly, low-key manner, and provides a great chance to relax, look at fabulous cars and have fun. In addition, there’s a display of world-class automotive art to enjoy that is assembled each year by noted artist Tom Hale. There’s also a driving tour through the local countryside, a mouthwatering banquet and a fund-raising auction. Each year at “The Experience” a different make or style of Classic Car is featured. New ideas are tried regularly every year, it is always fresh and exciting. Very few museums display as many Classic Cars as we do. In fact, our museum is unique in having Full Classics® as its single focus. After all, what could better demonstrate the definition of a CCCA Classic car than the automobiles themselves? As a bonus, numerous other Classics are displayed in the other Gilmore barns on the grounds.

Mission: Dedicated to the discovery, procurement and preservation of automobilia, notable automobiles, artifacts and documents from the Classic Era.

Operating as usual

04/06/2020

The Experience Concours - June 7th CANCELLED due to Covid-19.

Hope to see you June 6, 2021. GM 1915-1970 will remain our featured marque.

Mark you calendar for June 7, 2020.  GM cars 1915-1949 to be featured during The Experience car show on the campus of Gi...
11/06/2019

Mark you calendar for June 7, 2020. GM cars 1915-1949 to be featured during The Experience car show on the campus of Gilmore Car Museum.

Award Winners from The Experience Concours 2019
07/09/2019

Award Winners from The Experience Concours 2019

Award Winners from The Experience Concours 2019

Recently added to our collection: A gorgeous 1924 Packard 8cyl. Model 143 Town Car by Fleetwood. Gifted by the Don Hanso...
01/23/2019

Recently added to our collection: A gorgeous 1924 Packard 8cyl. Model 143 Town Car by Fleetwood. Gifted by the Don Hanson Family from Rochester, MN. Thank you, Don for this fabulous car!! Please share.

CCCA Museum's 1933 Cadillac 370C 5-Passenger Town Car wins Fleetwood Award at Cadillac Fall Festival.
10/01/2018

CCCA Museum's 1933 Cadillac 370C 5-Passenger Town Car wins Fleetwood Award at Cadillac Fall Festival.

CCCA Museum's 1931 Cadillac 370A Convertible Coupe wins First Place at Cadillac Fall Festival
10/01/2018

CCCA Museum's 1931 Cadillac 370A Convertible Coupe wins First Place at Cadillac Fall Festival

09/11/2018

CCCA Museum Receives Grant to Restore 1930 Cadillac

Painting by David Chapple for The Experience 2018
06/20/2018

Painting by David Chapple for The Experience 2018

CCCA Museum is honored that our 38 Buick won the prestigious Designer's Choice Award at the EyesOn Design Automotive Des...
06/20/2018

CCCA Museum is honored that our 38 Buick won the prestigious Designer's Choice Award at the EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition held this past Sunday at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan

EyesOn Design is one of the rare concours to focus on design rather than collectibility. Each year, the event attracts members of the transportation design community, collectors, and the public to celebrate and reflect on design.

The Museum's 1932 Pierce Arrow returns from being displayed at Keels & Wheels Concours d'Elegance.  Come see it.
05/14/2018

The Museum's 1932 Pierce Arrow returns from being displayed at Keels & Wheels Concours d'Elegance. Come see it.

Join best-selling novelist, Clive Cussler on June 3rd at Gilmore Car Museum for the Classic Car Club Museum car show. Se...
05/09/2018

Join best-selling novelist, Clive Cussler on June 3rd at Gilmore Car Museum for the Classic Car Club Museum car show. See extraordinary Full Classics (1915-1948) along with Cadillac's and LaSalle's up to 1965. Cussler's most famous character is hero Dirk Pitt, who often drives rare classic cars in his novels. From his collection of over 100 cars, Cussler is showing his brand-newly restored 1931 Cadillac V16 4380 Dual Cowl by Fleetwood. In addition to the car show, enjoy strolling the Gilmore Car Museum campus to see over 400 vintage automobiles, a fully functional 1941 Silk City Diner, and a recreated 1930s Shell Station.

Margaret Dunning's 1930 Packard returns after being refurbished by SunRay Restorations.  Restoration made possible with ...
05/01/2018

Margaret Dunning's 1930 Packard returns after being refurbished by SunRay Restorations. Restoration made possible with a grant from The Margaret Dunning Foundation.

Construction of elevator shaft is complete.  Installation begins today.  Within 2 weeks, everyone will be able to enjoy ...
04/03/2018

Construction of elevator shaft is complete. Installation begins today. Within 2 weeks, everyone will be able to enjoy the cars on our second floor.

Do you shop on Amazon.com?  Amazon will automatically donate a portion of your purchase to the CCCA Museum. Click on the...
03/14/2018

Do you shop on Amazon.com? Amazon will automatically donate a portion of your purchase to the CCCA Museum.

Click on the following link to start shopping and contribute effortlessly. http://smile.amazon.com/ch/22-2416022

Novelist, Clive Cussler is Grand Marshal Sunday, June 3rd at the CCCA Museum on the campus of Gilmore Car Museum.
03/14/2018

Novelist, Clive Cussler is Grand Marshal Sunday, June 3rd at the CCCA Museum on the campus of Gilmore Car Museum.

Construction begins on much needed elevator to second floor of the Museum
02/28/2018

Construction begins on much needed elevator to second floor of the Museum

The Museum's 1938 Buick 40 Convertible Coupe by Lancefield on display in the Classic Car Club of America's booth at the ...
02/20/2018

The Museum's 1938 Buick 40 Convertible Coupe by Lancefield on display in the Classic Car Club of America's booth at the Chicago Auto Show this past week. Several people commented that the Club's display made the show for them!

The CCCA Museum's recently restored 1939 Delahaye received a special invitation by the Canadian International AutoShow. ...
02/19/2018

The CCCA Museum's recently restored 1939 Delahaye received a special invitation by the Canadian International AutoShow. It is currently on display at the show's "Art and the Automobile – Jewels" exhibit.

Gilmore Car Museum
09/12/2017

Gilmore Car Museum

🏆 GILMORE CAR MUSEUM WINS BEST MICHIGAN DESTINATION!

Your votes are what counted! Thank you for voting for the Gilmore Car Museum, the winner of the 2017 USA TODAY 10Best Reader's Choice Awards for Michigan Destinations!

The final results are as follows:
1. Gilmore Car Museum - Hickory Corners
2. Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary - Alpena
3. Mackinac Island
4. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore - Munising
5. Downtown Frankenmuth
6. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park - Grand Rapids
7. Holland
8. Ludington State Park - Ludington
9. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore - Empire
10. The Henry Ford & Greenfield Village - Dearborn

Congratulations to our newly restored 1939 Delehaye for winning the "Best Reflection" award at Concours d'Elegance of Am...
08/15/2017

Congratulations to our newly restored 1939 Delehaye for winning the "Best Reflection" award at Concours d'Elegance of America.

The Show Must Go On, June 4th Famed Novelist, Clive Cussler Unable to Attend,Janis Joplin's 1964 Porsche 356 on display
05/30/2017

The Show Must Go On, June 4th

Famed Novelist, Clive Cussler Unable to Attend,
Janis Joplin's 1964 Porsche 356 on display

Come to Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, MI for the CCCAM annual Concours, "The Experience", on June 4th.The car s...
05/12/2017

Come to Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, MI for the CCCAM annual Concours, "The Experience", on June 4th.

The car show features Full Classics (1915-1948), Roasters, Sports, & Touring cars (1915-1965) and Janis Joplin's 1964 Porsche 356.

Best-selling author, Mr. Clive Cussler is Grand Marshal.

Sue Steele Thomas was selected as the Poster Artist for this event. She created an original gouache 36" X 24" painting which is now our profile picture. The painting includes a 1939 Delahaye, 1929 Lincoln L Sport Phaeton, 1948 Jaguar Mark IV and the CCCA Museum in the background.

Painting for 2017 Experience Concours June 4Artist-Sue Steele Thomas
05/12/2017

Painting for 2017 Experience Concours June 4
Artist-Sue Steele Thomas

See Janis Joplin's 1964 Porsche 356 Convertible at our Experience Concours June 4th.  An auto show of Full Classics (191...
05/11/2017

See Janis Joplin's 1964 Porsche 356 Convertible at our Experience Concours June 4th. An auto show of Full Classics (1915-1948) and Roadsters, Sports, & Touring cars (1915-1965). On the grounds of Gilmore Car Museum 9:00am - 3:00pm.

Timeline Photos
04/25/2017

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos
03/16/2017

Timeline Photos

CCCAM Digital News
01/31/2017
CCCAM Experience Registration & News

CCCAM Digital News

Inviting all Full Classics® and American & European Roadsters, Sports, & Touring Cars 1915-1965Clive Cussler, Grand Marshal

New facade is complete.
01/30/2017

New facade is complete.

Clive Cussler, best selling novelist and Classic Car collector is Grand Marshal at next year's Experience Concours.  Sav...
12/13/2016

Clive Cussler, best selling novelist and Classic Car collector is Grand Marshal at next year's Experience Concours. Save the date June 4, 2017. Details to follow.

Congratulations Roy Margenau for being awarded CCCA MI Region "Man of the Year"
11/30/2016

Congratulations Roy Margenau for being awarded CCCA MI Region "Man of the Year"

It's a beautiful sunny day to see our new facade!  The outside is complete with paint and light fixtures.  Brick pavers ...
11/15/2016

It's a beautiful sunny day to see our new facade! The outside is complete with paint and light fixtures. Brick pavers are going down in the driveway this week and new glass entry doors will be installed soon.

11/07/2016

SAVE THE DATE - For next year's Experience Concours. June 2-4, 2017. In addition to all Full Classics, we invite American and European Roadsters, Sports, & Touring cars 1915-1965.

Further details to follow.

Address

6865 W Hickory Rd
Hickory Corners, MI
49060

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 18:00
Sunday 09:00 - 18:00

Telephone

(269) 671-5333

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