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July 19, 2019

RED BARNS SPECTACULAR --one of West Michigan's oldest and largest premiere car shows Aug. 3rd

The Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restorers Club (KAARC) is pleased to present the 39th Annual “Red-Barns Spectacular” car show! Join thousands of other local classic car enthusiasts as they fill the grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum on Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 from 7:00AM- 4:00PM. Participants are treated to hundreds of privately owned local classic cars on display on the museum’s show fields in addition to the Gilmore’s beautiful historic barns full of classic cars, all surrounded by pristine rural countryside on M-43, just north of Gull Lake.

This show has been a continual “can't miss” event for community car clubs and individuals from all over the Midwest who have been attending for the past 38 years.

“With each year, we see more and more unique cars turning up to be shown at this event, cars that the public hasn’t seen in years, and this year we are looking to break all records!” says Jim Holland, member of the KAARC and Chair of the Red- Barns Spectacular. “The Red-Barns show is split up into two distinctive shows at the same location; our 100 point Judged Show, where car owners put their cars up among some of the best cars from all eras to compete for awards in 15 different classes, and Best of Show in the Drivers Choice, with over 25 awards for exhibitors, chosen by spectators and owners alike. Whether you have a barn-find survivor, resto-mod, classic, hot rod, sports car, fire truck or orphan car from a bygone era, it doesn’t matter. If it was made before 1995, your car is wanted at this show!”

In addition to all the cars on display, the show provides attendees with a massive eight-acre vendor area to shop for that unique part you 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.

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 show is a major annual fundraiser for the club, which was proud to donate over $6,000 in tools and scholarships last year to local students who are pursuing a career in automotive mechanics.

Holland says it’s really all the interesting and historically important vehicles that show up each year that has allowed the show to grow into what it is now.

“Since 1981, the KAARC has sponsored the Red-Barns Spectacular, and since its inception, this show has always been about celebrating the history of the automobile and providing car owners a unique opportunity to bring out their specialty vehicle and show it off to thousands of spectators. Holland said. “The show gets larger and larger every year, and the Gilmore provides the perfect venue for this event. I think this year will be our best yet.”

For more information on vending or showing a vehicle, please contact 269-377-7756, e-mail, or visit