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Indiana-built Cars will be Featured at the 2011 CCCA Museum “Experience” June 3-5, 2011

Click here to download the 2011 Experience Invitation.

Click here for a re-cap and photo gallery of the 2010 Experience.

Indiana-built cars will be the special feature at the Classic Car Club of America Museum’s annual “Experience,” scheduled for June 3-5, 2011 on the campus of the Gilmore Car Museum—home of the CCCA Museum. 

Both Full Classic® and non-Classic automobiles will be welcome. Car owners need not be CCCA members to display their pre-1985 Indiana-built cars at the “Experience,” which will be held Sunday, June 5.   

Many Full Classics® were built in Indiana—Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg, Marmon, Stutz, McFarlan, Elcar and Studebaker among there. Non-Classic automobile built there include well-known makes such Crosley, Haynes, ReVere, Apperson, Durant and Premier as well as lesser-known makes such as DeTamble, Lafayette, Lexington, Dixie and Richmond. In all, nearly 200 different automobiles were built in Indiana.

In addition to the Indiana-built cars, Full Classics® owned by CCCA members may be displayed on the show field on Sunday.

“For CCCA members who have not visited the CCCA Museum and Library recently, this is a good year to do so,” said Walter Blenko, CCCA Museum president. “There is really nothing else like it in the world and this is the only museum devoted solely to Classic automobiles.”

Chief sponsor of the 2011 Experience is Gooding and Company.

The weekend events will start on Friday evening with a “Get Acquainted” barbecue on the museum grounds.  On Saturday, there will be a driving tour and lunch as well as an automotive flea market, car corral and automotive art show. The art show will be held throughout the weekend and will include an introduction to automotive art by artist Tom Hale.

On Saturday morning there will be a driving tour that will include lunch and a visit to historic Marshall, Michigan.  On Saturday evening a dinner will be held at the Radisson Plaza in Kalamazoo, preceded by cocktails and silent auction.

Sunday events, in addition to the Classic automobiles on display, will include junior judging and a silent auction of unique automobile-related items. A narrated awards-drive-by will take place on Sunday afternoon followed by a post-show farewell supper hosted by Bill and Barbara Parfet.

2011 “Experience” attendees will also see the new Gilmore Car Museum conference center and library, which is currently under construction.

In addition to seeing the numerous Classic automobiles on display that weekend, attendees can visit the CCCA Museum, the Gilmore Car Museum, the H.H. Franklin Museum, the Pierce-Arrow Museum and the Tucker Archives. The CCCA Library and the Gilmore Car Museum library are also available by appointment. The CCCA Museum contains not only a fine collection of Full Classic® automobiles but a world class radiator mascot collection.

The Cadillac-LaSalle Museum and the Model A Ford Club of America club have presented plans and drawings for their new museums on the Gilmore campus. The Lincoln Motor Car Foundation has chosen the Gilmore Car Museum campus as the home of a proposed new Lincoln Motor Car Museum; fundraising efforts for the latter are currently underway.

Host hotel is the Radisson Plaza-Kalamazoo Center located in downtown Kalamazoo.

All weekend events are open to the public, although some events will require ticket purchase.

Note: Contact David Schultz at dwsjos@ameritech.net or (330) 904.6289 for photographs to accompany this article

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