Classic Car Club of America Museum
The Classic Car Club of America Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan is a part of the Gilmore Car Museum. 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.
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.
A few years ago it became obvious the Museum had outgrown itself. Again, friends stepped forward to help. The 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 the 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 fundraising 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.
Ages 6 and under Free
Ages 7 – 17 $11
Adult / Senior $16
Active Duty Military Free
Open: Daily 9 am – 5pm April 1 – November 30
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