600 German cars expected at the Gilmore Car Museum on July 9th
June 22, 2022, HICKORY CORNERS, Mich. — DeutscheMarques, America’s largest all-German car show, is celebrating their 10th anniversary Saturday, July 9, 2022 at the Gilmore Car Museum.
The show has seen double-digit growth year over year. In 2021 – after taking a pandemic break – 500 cars showed up to celebrate all things German, including cars, food and beverages. Thousands of visitors came to enjoy the Museum and the cars.
This is expected to be another record-breaking year. Event founder Pete Hamlett said, “Our first show in 2012 attracted a few dozen cars. It was 105-degrees in the shade. The growth we have seen has been amazing and it shows the interest in German cars from all around the Midwest. Cars from hundreds of miles away come to be part of the show.”
Museum Executive Director Josh Russell said, “DeutscheMarques has quickly grown to become one of the largest shows held at the Gilmore museum. We love the uniqueness of the show, displaying strictly-German autos, serving traditional German food and beverages, and delighting guests with a strolling Oom-Pah band. It’s always a fun and memorable day for German car owners, enthusiasts, and families.
Each year, the DeutscheMarques board selects a special vehicle to represent the featured marque. This year, Audi is the marque and the board selected an original S4 race car as their “poster child.”
This historically-significant car is one of five purpose-built for the North American World Challenge Series in the early 2000’s. Under the management of Audi North American Sport, five cars were developed by and raced by Champion Motorsports (Fla).
It was driven by the likes of Gunnar Jeannette and Peter "P.D." Cunningham, and most famously by Hall of Fame driver Derek Bell. The cars won the Manufacturers’ Championship two years running and Michael Galati won the series over three years driving the S4s. It continues to compete nationally and successfully in vintage events and is used in Wounded Warrior programs. The current owner of this important race car will be at the show with the car to talk about its history.
Show organizers say “Every German car is a show car!” The gate for show cars opens at 8:00 AM July 9. The $20 admission fee covers the show car, driver and first passenger and goes 100% to support the Gilmore Car Museum. Visitors are invited to enjoy the show beginning at 9:00 AM. The show wraps up around 3:00 PM following a fun awards ceremony where “Best In Show” trophies are handed out to all six marques, and dozens of other awards are presented to German car aficionados.
The 2022 designated charity is Fathers Against Distracted Driving. Their mission is to change the driving habits of Americans to significantly reduce vehicular related fatalities, injuries and economic losses. FADD will be on-site and there will be a silent auction to benefit FADD.
DeutscheMarques is run by a volunteer group of dedicated car enthusiasts to support the Gilmore Car Museum. The 2022 event is presented by Garage Kept Motors and made possible with the generous support of exclusive marque sponsors Orrin B. Hayes Mercedes-Benz, Sharpe BMW, Porsche Grand Rapids, Munk's Motors, Audi Grand Rapids and Spring Valley Motors.
Additional support comes from AG Products, Hagerty Insurance, Reggie's Motorworks, Foreign Car Services, Fresh Coast Auto Detail, Bob & Kay's AutoWash, and German Auto Services, Ltd.