Hands down, fall is one of my favorite seasons. So it is fitting that a really great friend of ours, Paul Behling organizes his own "Fall Color Tour." We have gone to some very interesting places over the years and this year was no exception. On Sunday morning we jumped in Ken?s first love, his 1937 Chevy Sedan, and drove an hour and a half to join the group that was gathering at the LaFontaine Performance Center in Hartland Michigan. While the crowd was collecting for the journey we entertained ourselves by looking at all of the fun street machines that were on display at the Performance Center. Then we kicked off the tour and headed to our destination: The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan. There were about 100 cars that made the 109 mile trip. The day was beautiful with a high of 50 something, sunny and bright. For a while we were following a MoPar that was called "Bronze." The paint was glowing in the sun and often it matched the wonderfully colored trees that we were passing. I mentioned it to Keith, the owner of the car, and he thought that was pretty cool so he said he would try to get some photos before he went home. Then we were following a yellow Challenger, again picking the colors from the trees we were passing. This is what fall is all about in Michigan! The brightly colored leaves usually only last about two weeks and then they?re gone, so we have learned to enjoy the moment!
After the beautiful drive we arrived at our destination, The Gilmore Car Museum. If you want to go, it is northwest of Battle Creek and northeast of Kalamazoo. The Gilmore is hailed as one of the Nation?s top car museums and has over 300 beautiful original cars and motorcycles from every era. Thanks to one of our buddies Dennis Lesky of Ionia Street Rods, it has a special corner just for Hot Rods. The museum is not just some brick building either. It?s a 90-acre park-like historic campus that has lots of vintage buildings and several historic barns. The barns are where the vehicles are housed and each are dedicated to a specific theme, like Lincolns, Cadillac's, Model A's, Motorcycles, and my favorite collection hood ornaments! Ken loves the fact that none of the cars are roped off so he can get down and look under them. The mechanics of these old cars is beautiful. I especially loved the old life sized posters that accompanied some of the cars. Here are two of my favorites.
The Locomotive and the Lincoln is grand! And as a side note, I had a pleasant conversation with a gentleman named Abe, a Politician that didn't talk back! In this day & age? Imagine that!
Also located on the campus is an old 1930s Shell Gas Station. That was really fun and supplied us with the perfect photo op. They also had a fully functioning 1941 Diner. It was wonderful! We enjoyed some delicious chili and pie a la mode there. The most popular items at the Blue Moon Diner were malts and chili dogs.
Overall this museum is absolutely incredible, every detail of this museum was well thought out and the maintenance was perfect. This museum is a must see for everyone. When you go, make sure you give yourself at least 3 hours to take everything in.
All in all it was a perfect fall day for us "car guys."