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July 28, 2021

Red Barns Spectacular Car Show Returns to Gilmore Car Museum on Saturday, August 7th

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(Hickory Corners, Mich. / July 28, 2021) - The Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restorers Club (KAARC) is pleased to present the 40th Annual Red Barns Spectacular car show on Saturday, August 7th, 2021 from 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM ET, on the grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum.

The Red Barns Spectacular has been an annual “can't miss” show for community car clubs and enthusiasts from all over the Midwest, who have been faithfully attending the event for the past 40 years. Spectators look forward to seeing hundreds of privately-owned classic cars, campers, bicycles and boats on display across the museum’s show fields, alongside the historic barns and buildings containing the its world-class indoor car collection, all surrounded by pristine rural countryside on M-43, just north of Gull Lake.

Guests are encouraged to come out to celebrate all eras of vehicles. “Whether you own a barn-find survivor, resto-mod, classic, hot rod, sports car, fire truck or orphan car from a bygone era, it doesn’t matter,” said Jim Holland, member of the KAARC and Chair of the Red Barns Spectacular. “If your vehicle is from 1996 or older, it is wanted at this show!”

The Red Barns Spectacular features a 100-Point Judged Show, where car owners enter to compete for awards across 16 different classes, and for the coveted Best In Show award. The event also includes a separate Drivers Choice Show, where the drivers of participating show cars vote for their own favorite cars at the show, to identify Top 25 awards.

In addition to all of the show cars on display, the event provides attendees with a massive eight-acre vendor and swap meet area, to shop for that unique part you just can’t find anywhere else. People looking for more than parts can also visit the cars for sale area, to find anything from rusty dreams to nice drive-aways.

Spectator Admission to Museum for the Red Barns Spectacular

Daily admission includes access to all museum indoor buildings and galleries, as well all activities taking place on the grounds for the Red Barns Spectacular show. As always, children age 10 and under are FREE at Gilmore Car Museum:

  • 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

For questions about attending Red Barns Spectacular and touring the museum as a spectator call (269) 671-5089 or email

For more information on vending or showing a vehicle at the Red Barns Spectacular, please contact Jim Holland at (269) 377-7756, email, or visit



Organized in 1962, the KAARC exists to promote the restoration and preservation of antique and collector automobiles, as well as the appreciation and understanding of the history of the motor vehicle. The Red Barns Spectacular is a major annual fundraiser for the club, which has allowed for the donation of tools and scholarships to local students who are pursuing a career in automotive mechanics.

About Gilmore Car Museum

The world-renowned Gilmore Car Museum – North America’s largest auto museum with more than 400 vehicles on display -- is located midway between Chicago and Detroit, just 20 minutes north of Kalamazoo, or 45 minutes south of Grand Rapids. The museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, whose mission is to tell the history of America through the automobile.