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An Ever-Growing Home Dedicated to Classics

 

by David Shultz, CCCA President and CCCA Museum Trustee

The Classic Car Club of America Museum was founded nearly 30 years ago by CCCA members who believed a museum should be established to perpetuate CCCA Full Classic® motorcars (as defined by the club) for generations to come. The campus of the 90-acre Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, MI, was suggested as the site. The museum’s mission statement was straightforward enough: “Dedicated to the discovery, procurement and preservation of automobilia, notable automobiles, artifacts and documents from the Classic Era.” Then and today, the CCCA Museum is the only museum dedicated solely to the Classic motorcar. Fast forward to today, and it’s obvious the museum’s founders and supporters made the right choice.

The CCCA Museum collections are housed in a rebuilt 1890s barn relocated to the Gilmore campus. (The red barn museum buildings have become a trademark of the Gilmore campus.) Cars began arriving as soon as the building was ready. Over the years, CCCA members have stepped up and provided funds for a CCCA Library as well as new additions and automotive galleries. Other members have donated libraries of books and a world-class collection of radiator mascots. In addition to its  motorcars, the collection now contains hundreds of books and magazines — and the factory files of Derham and Judkins coachbuilders and the personal files of automotive designer Ray Dietrich.

Although the Gilmore Museum campus is open year-round, the CCCA Museum is closed in the winter (four months). The museum, which is a 5 01 (c)3 not-for-profit educational foundation, holds its annual “Experience,” the first weekend in June. Today, the original Gilmore Car Museum and the CCCA Museum have been joined by  the Pierce-Arrow Museum, the Tucker Historical Collection & Library and the H.H. Franklin Club Museum. Also committed to the Gilmore campus are the Ford Model A Museum, Lincoln Motorcar Foundation Museum and Cadillac-LaSalle Museum. For more information, visit www.cccamuseum.org

Jeff Walker

About Jeff Walker

Jeff Walker is a Classic Car Insurance Specialist and financial services professional; As the son of a Drag-Racer and auto restorer, he was born with a wrench in his hand and learned the trade at an early age. His specialty is 60’s and 70’s American Muscle but his mechanical ability has afforded him the opportunity to work on all types of cars from Alfa-Romeos to Gullwings and everything in-between. Jeff is also a motorcycle fanatic and maintains his own stable of classic & collectible bikes. He is happiest when a car or motorcycle project is underway in his garage.

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