The Gilmore Automobile Museum is positioned on what was once a 90-acre farm in Hickory Corners, Michigan, and has change into a showcase not just for classic autos however for the buildings that home them, buildings that vary from historic purple barns to quite a lot of far more fashionable buildings, a number of designed alongside the strains of twentieth century automotive dealerships. 

The museum yearly has a full schedule of warm-weather automotive reveals, however will kick off the 2021 calendar earlier with a brand new Winter Motoring Meet scheduled for February 20. 

The occasion will function rides across the snow-covered campus in vintage autos, an exhibit of classic snowmobiles, an ice-carving exhibition and outside video games. There additionally will probably be a warming hearth and meals and drinks together with home made soup, gourmand sizzling chocolate, winter beer, and extra. If there’s recent snow, guests will probably be invited to carry their snowshoes or cross-country skis to discover the campus.

“We’re excited to introduce a brand new outside winter occasion for folk who recognize Michigan’s Winter Motoring season, whether or not of their vehicles, 4×4 vans, Jeeps, or snowmobiles,” stated Josh Russell, the museum’s government director. “It’s a enjoyable manner for us to get outdoors and benefit from the winter season, in an outside setting with loads of room for everybody to stay socially distanced.”

Historic purple barns are a function of the Gilmore museum campus
Classic 1972 Mercury 250ER snowmobile | Michael Allen Assortment photograph

Additionally new to the schedule are a Princesses & Carriages occasion March 6 offering photograph ops for children with princesses and royal coaches; Boats at The Barnes, Could 8, that includes traditional wood and fiberglass boats; Classic Journey Trailer Rally, Could 15, for classic campers; Corks & Crafts Wine and Beer Pageant, additionally Could 15; Micro-Mini Automobile World Meet, June 18-19; Bob Oginsky’s GM/Chevy Present, August 1; and DesutscheMarques Oktoberfest, October 9.

These new occasions are along with such annual reveals because the classic bike weekend, air-cooled gathering, Olds & Orphans, Mad Canines & Englishmen, Corvette Envy, MOPARs At The Purple Barns, the Final Truck Present, Lincoln Homecoming Weekend, and many others.

The total schedule is on the market on the museum’s web site.

The museum additionally will stage Wednesday Night time Cruise-In occasions with stay music from Could by means of September.

And but to be introduced intimately is a brand new Summer season Live performance Schedule.

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The museum additionally introduced that its Major Gallery exhibit beginning in Spring 2021 will function all generations of the Chevrolet Corvette.

“We’re excited concerning the upcoming season of automotive reveals, new occasions, and concert events on the Gilmore,” stated Josh Russell,  the museum’s government director. “It’s a calendar filled with issues for our members, companions, friends, and first-time guests to have the opportunity see, hear, and expertise on our campus.”

The place’s the Dale? One is in Nebraska

Dale
One of many solely three Dale prototypes is on show at a museum in Lincoln, Nebraska | Speedway Motors Museum of American Velocity

Earlier this week, HBO launched a four-part documentary, The Woman and The Dale, exploring the lifetime of Elizabeth Carmichael (aka Jerry Dean Michael) and the promotion of a 3-wheel automotive that promised to revolutionize the auto trade. It was a promise unfulfilled, however the story of the automotive and of its promoter is fascinating nonetheless.

Regardless of all the guarantees, two non-running prototype Dale autos had been constructed and one in every of them is on show on the Speedway Motors Museum of American Velocity in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

The museum based in 1992 by “Speedy” Invoice Smith and his spouse, Joyce, covers greater than 150,000 sq. ft, and is broadly recognized for its wonderful assortment of racing engines.

The museum’s web site contains copies of the 6 authentic pages of the Dale gross sales brochure and the museum just lately shared new images of the Dale on show.

The opposite prototype is a part of the Petersen Automotive Museum Assortment in Los Angeles. A 3rd prototype, broken in testing, is believed to be privately owned.

Harley museum units digital gallery visits

Though closed by the coronavirus pandemic, the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee has launched a sequence of on-line gallery excursions, together with time for questions and solutions, on Thursday evenings (7 p.m. Central). 

Subsequent up, February 11, is the Highway Gallery, Half I on bikes by means of the Nineteen Forties, with Highway Gallery, Half II per week later. On February 25, curator David Kreidler visits the Off-Highway gallery. 

For particulars, go to the museum web site.

A decline of pandemic proportions

Mercedes-Benz Museum | Museum photograph

The Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, experiences attendance was down 71 p.c within the coronavirus-plagued calendar 12 months, in contrast with 2019 figures. A part of the decline in attendance was as a result of museum being closed for 16 weeks. 

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The 12 months obtained off to an ideal begin, nevertheless, with attendance up greater than 14 p.c for the primary two months of 2020. 

“Who might probably have guessed {that a} harmful virus would carry the complete world to a standstill – together with our guests and our Museum?” museum director Monja Büdke stated within the museum’s annual information launch relating to attendance.

Like so many different museums, the museum stated it was significantly harm by worldwide journey restrictions. Additionally like different museums, it used the down time to develop new applications to be shared on-line and, when attainable, in individual. 

“The numerous optimistic responses to the brand new choices had been encouraging, and so coronavirus 12 months 2020 had many an uplifting shock in retailer for us,” Büdke stated. “In consequence, the Mercedes-Benz Museum has launched into the 12 months 2021 with new concepts and a optimistic outlook. There’s a particular exhibition ‘way forward for mobility’ with ideas and sensible options for mobility applied sciences and providers. 

“Additionally on show: ‘Seven at a Stroke’ with the unique racing vehicles to mark the seventh consecutive Formulation One World Championship double with seven driver and constructors’ titles in a row. 

“As quickly because the Museum reopens, each shows will probably be accessible – freed from cost for guests.”

Beaulieu units 2021 automotive present calendar

Many Minis | Museum photograph

The Nationwide Motor Museum at Beaulieu, England, has introduced its 2021 automotive present calendar:

April 25 – Merely Aston Martin

Could 9 – Merely Vauxhall, 16 – Merely Audi, 23 – Merely Electrical

June 6 – Merely Porsche, 13 – Mini Cooper Day, 19 – Merely VW, 20 – Scorching Rod & Customized vehicles, 27 – Merely Jaguar

July 3-4 – Austin 7 Rally, 11 – Merely Land Rover, 18 – Merely Ford, 25 – Merely Japanese

August 7-8 – Supercar weekend, 14-15 – VW T(ransport) Chill, 15 – Graham Walker Run (classic bikes), 22 – Merely Mercedes

September 4-5 – Worldwide Autojumble (swap meet), 12 – Merely French, 19 – Merely BMW, 26 – Merely British Classics

November 7 – Merely Sensible, 28 – VW Santa Run

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Mark your calendar

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves would be the featured visitor February 10 when the Indianapolis Motor Speedway affords its subsequent Zoom solid. The occasion begins at 6: 30 p.m. (Jap). For particulars, go to the museum’s Zoom solid web site.

February 13-14 is Hoods Up weekend on the Newport Automobile Museum in Rhode Island.

The Nationwide Corvette Museum in Bowling Inexperienced, Kentucky, hosts a “Sweetheart Soiree” on February 13. Three seating instances can be found. On February 14 the museum hosts a “Toast to Love” brunch, once more with three seating instances out there.

The Canadian Automotive Museum in Oshawa, Ontario, affords its Third Thursday Speak at 7 p.m. on February 18 with Dale Johnson presenting “When GM headed West.” The subject is the opening of the GM meeting plant in Regina, Saskatchewan within the Twenties to construct Chevrolet, Oldsmobile and Pontiac autos.

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, presents “Hemi Highlights: The Ardun Hemispherical Head Design Flat Head Ford Conversion” at 10 a.m. February 20 that includes Lynn Paxton, Jap Museum of Motor Racing curator. Matters to be coated embody how the Ardun design pertains to the Chrysler Hemi, connections to Allard, and analysis and design in filth observe racing.

The Gilmore Automobile Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, levels its first Winter Motoring Meet on February 20. The museum will provide rides across the possible snow-covered campus in classic autos, an exhibit of classic snowmobiles, an ice-carving exhibition, outside video games, and meals and drinks. 

The Revs Institute (Collier Assortment) in Naples, Florida, re-opens to guests on February 25.

The Mustang Proprietor’s Museum in Harmony, North Carolina, hosts its month-to-month Fords on Sunday automotive present February 28.

The 2021 season opens March 5 on the Nationwide Corvette Museum’s Motorsports Park in Bowling Inexperienced, Kentucky, with a driving membership day. The Kartplex opens the next day and a King of the Heap occasion is also scheduled for March 6.

The Mustang Proprietor’s Museum has moved its Spring Carolina Cruise to April 24 and its California Particular Mustang Day to Could 1.

Does your native automotive museum have particular occasions or exhibitions deliberate? Tell us. Electronic mail larrye@classiccars.com