If you love cars, then there’s nothing that can top springtime in Michigan. There are plenty of car shows scheduled at venues across the state that birthed the American auto industry. If you live in or near Grand Rapids, you don’t have to drive very far to find some amazing car shows. Check out this list of four car shows heading to your area of Michigan this spring.
1. Celebrate Classic Cars at the Gilmore Car Museum
The first-ever Donald Gilmore Classic is scheduled for May 21st from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the event’s namesake museum in Hickory Corners. Spectator admission will be $12 per person. Located less than an hour’s drive from Grand Rapids, this museum will host an event that features antique and early automobiles. The centerpiece of the show will be pre-World War II vehicles that were made between 1896 and 1942. Organizers will provide demos to show how drivers used to start steam cars and the Model T. Classic car owners can enter stock vehicles to take part in the show; hot rods and rat rods are not eligible. The event will also include the “Parade through the Decades,” featuring one car from every decade represented in the show.
2. Admire the Mustangs
Take a one-hour drive south of Grand Rapids to Tapper Ford in Paw Paw for the 3rd Annual Mustang Show on June 4th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This lively show offers car buffs the chance to browse rows of muscle cars, classics, and sports vehicles, most with their hoods open. This show is quickly gaining a following with Mustang fans driving from as far away as Illinois and Indiana to admire the vehicles that take part in this show.
In addition to the cars, this event offers refreshments and activities for kids. This free event is a fun day for the whole family. Be sure to cast your vote for the people’s choice award. Winners receive dash plaques to display at future shows.
3. Combine Cars and a Cause in South Haven
About 50 miles south of Grand Rapids, you can enjoy the Festival of Cars/Kruisin’ for Kylie Car Show on June 4th from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in downtown South Haven. Admission is $12 for advance tickets and $15 at the gate. Each year, up to 350 cars and trucks take part in this large show.
In 2016, this car show celebrates its 16th year and its commitment to donating proceeds from the event to Hunt for the Cure. This organization supports research to find a cure for cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease.
4. Visit the Classic Car Club Show
Head back to the Gilmore Museum in Hickory Corners from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 4th for the Classic Car Club of America Museum Grand Classic. For $12, spectators to this premier National for Classic Cars will enjoy seeing well-preserved antique and classic vehicles.
These are just a sampling of the car shows happening in Michigan this spring. If you’re willing to drive farther, there are even more events to enjoy.