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Learning Events.
Great events, designed for people who are
driven to learn. (While they’re having fun).

The Gilmore Car Museum is all about education, about a memorable experience, and about fun. We combine those things in our learning events, which feature great topics taught by skilled instructors in a relaxed atmosphere.

Our learning events can be strictly about cars—how to drive a Model T Ford, for example. But we also hold sessions on how to take great photographs (of cars, of course) and other interesting topics. All learning events are open to members and non-members alike, so always be on the watch for more information, and plan to join us. Another great event is always around the corner.

Upcoming Learning Events:

Learning Event

The Art of Automotive Photography with John Lacko

Saturday, May 31st 9:30am-4:00pm

In just one workshop, learn proven techniques* to help you capture the color, style and detail of the autos you want to photograph with local professional photographer and photojournalist, John Lacko! Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Museum Members: $75.00
Regular Students: $95.00

To register, please contact GCM’s Education Director Fred Colgren at 269-671-5089(ext. 21) or by emailing

*It is highly encouraged that participants have a digital single lens reflex camera with adjustable ISO, shutter speed and f stops with lens or lenses covering 24 to 200 mm.

Learning Event

Gilmore Speaker Series

Sundays at 3pm, March 2nd - May 4th

How much do you really know about the iconic autos built in Kalamazoo? Did you know that West Michigan has several connections to the Titanic? Whether it is an in-depth look at exotic cars, ties between film and racing, or a ‘behind the scenes’ look at both President Lincoln and President Obama’s Kalamazoo visits, there is sure to be something to spark your interest!

FREE with GCM Admission or $5.00/Lecture
These presentations will be appropriate for all ages and guests are encouraged to attend the presentations that interest them the most. No registration is required and walk-ins are welcome!

March 2, 2014: “Titanic – West Michigan Connections”

March 9, 2014: “Jerry Entin – Racing Can Am, Ole Yeller, and Cheetahs”

March 16, 2014: “From Prius to Ferrari – Driving Your Car on the Track”

March 23, 2014: “Hollywood’s Great Chase Scenes”

March 30, 2014: “The Art of the Art Deco Automobile”

April 6, 2014: “Captured on Camera – Iconic Moments of Racing History”

April 13, 2014: DOUBLE FEATURE
“President Lincoln’s Michigan Visit: Shocking New Discoveries” and “President Obama’s 2011 Visit to Kalamazoo”

April 27, 2014: “Dave Rockwell – We Were the Ramchargers”
On April 27th as part of Gilmore Car Museum’s Spring Speaker Series, Dave Rockwell will take the audience behind the scenes with the group of Chrysler engineers who, from the 1950s through the 1970s, became one of the most successful and influential drag racing teams of all time. The Ramchargers – the only team of engineers from an automobile manufacturer to drag race successfully – broke the most time barriers in drag racing history and earned the most National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Super Stock titles during the sport’s golden era of factory competition. Rockwell, a Ramcharger himself, interviewed more than 40 team members, competitors, and track operators in preparation for his book, We Were the Ramchargers, the first to provide inside details on all elements of the Ramchargers story.

May 4, 2014: “B.S. Levy – The World’s Fastest Novelist”
B.S. (Burt) Levy always had two great dreams: to become a great novelist and write books that people wanted to read, and to become a racing driver and drive all the greatest cars on all the best racetracks in the world. Accomplishing both dreams, Levy has scored over 100 race and classic wins in an incredible variety of cars and has published an acclaimed series of novels, including The Last Open Road. Following the life of a fictional 19 year old mechanic working at Finzio’s Sinclair Station in New Jersey, Levy winds Buddy Palumbo, who has a talent for the newly appearing foreign cars, through the 1952 racing season and beyond. As Levy speaks about Buddy, the people he meets and the events that take place, the stories almost sound like a narrative as they ring true in the mind of motor sports fans.

All lectures will be held in the Gilmore Automotive Heritage Center Theater.

Learning Event

Model T Driving School

May – September

Click HERE to learn more about the Gilmore Car Museum’s Model T Driving School.