Update: All outer buildings are now open with the exception of the Classic Car Club of America Museum
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Fri Jun 25 - 26

Congress of Motorcars

  • Location Campania Barn Lawn
  • Time 10:00am - 4:00pm

Congress of Motorcars

June 25, 2021
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Celebrating the first 50 years of the automobile

The Congress of Motorcars Car Show features vehicles produced in 1942 and earlier, just like the cars museum founder, Donald Gilmore, was known for collecting. Only original stock vehicles will be eligible to participate. No modified or hot rod style vehicles please. The show weekend will include:

Friday, June 25th - Driving Tour

  • The driving tour will stage in the inner campus of Gilmore Car Museum at 9:00am.
  • Enter with your car at the Model A gate and park near the diner.
  • In the staging area you will receive your route instructions.
  • The total route mileage will be around 75 miles.
  • There is plenty of trailer parking on the east end of the museum property.
  • Follow-up questions can be directed to Jay Follis

Saturday, June 26th - Show Day

On Saturday, June 26th see early gas, steam and electric autos, take a ride in an antique car, and discover autos normally only seen on static display actually driving around the historic campus! An award ceremony will be held at 3:00pm and will honor the Oldest Vehicle, Best Vintage Attire (best period attire worn by a vehicle's owner), plus two very special awards - a Preservation Award for the best unrestored original car, Best of Show and Gilmore Award.

Activities will also take place throughout the day, such as demos including very early cars, a whimsical Gilmore 1 - 2 cylinder motor challenge and a pass in review parade.

Please note museum memberships provide for free spectator admission, but not free participant or vendor admission.


Register Your Vehicle
  • $20/vehicle
  • Includes participation in Friday's driving tour as well as admission for 2 people (driver + guest) with vehicle for Saturday show
  • Participant gate opens at 9:00am
  • Pre-registration online recommended


Come See The Show
  • Includes admission to the museum as well as the show
  • Adults / Seniors: $16
  • Youth (ages 11-17): $11
  • Children (10 and under): FREE
  • Active Military (must present ID): FREE
  • Consecutive two-day passes: $28
  • Free parking


Be Part of the Show
  • $20 per space
  • Space size is approximately 20' x 20'
  • Includes admission for 2 people (vendor + guest)
  • Space assignments are on a first come, first serve basis
  • Vendor gate opens at 9:00am
  • Please call (269) 671-5089 to reserve your spot or register online


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