Car show season will begin a bit earlier than expected, as the Gilmore Car Museum has announced the addition of the David J. Beeke Mustang & Ford Show on Saturday, May 1st, to kick off its 2021 event season. The early season car show will will feature Ford Mustangs, with special emphasis on 80s/90s Foxbody Mustangs and other Ford vehicles, but is open to all classic car makes & models.
The memorial car show will celebrate classic cars and honor the life of passionate car enthusiast David J. Beeke, a Kalamazoo-area Foxbody Mustang restoration expert who sadly was lost to cancer a few years ago. David’s family and friends started the annual event as a tribute to David, and this year will bring the event – and David’s Mustangs – to the Gilmore Car Museum’s historic 90-acre campus. A portion of event proceeds will be donated to the West Michigan Cancer Center (wmcc.org), a 501c3 nonprofit based in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
“Bringing a Mustang & Ford Show to the Gilmore Car Museum for our community is exactly the kind of thing that David would have wanted to be a part of,” said Matt Sturdy, close friend and co-coordinator of the show. “It will be special to have David’s Mustangs there on the grounds, and to have him there with us in spirit.”
Attending Beeke family members and friends will assist with car judging and selection for awards, including presentation of the “Beeke Best In Show” award. Food and beverage will be available onsite, as the Gilmore Bar and vintage 1941 George & Sally’s Blue Moon Diner will both be open for business. The show will run from 9:00am – 4:00pm ET.
Showcar/Participant pre-registration is $20, can be handled in advance online at GilmoreCarMuseum.org, and includes admission for two people (driver + guest). Or, registration can be handled onsite on the morning of the event, once the showcar gate opens at 8:00am ET.
Registration also includes access to all museum indoor buildings and galleries, as well. Ford Mustang fans should be sure to visit the Muscle Car Gallery, to see the spectacular 1969 Ford BOSS 429 KK1663, a new loan to the museum from owner Ken Nagle, and the storied 1967 Shelby GT500 Prototype, on loan from owner Lowell Otter.
Several more early season events are scheduled for the weeks immediately following the
David J. Beeke Mustang & Ford Show, including:
- Boats at The Barns on May 8: for classic wooden, fiberglass, and aluminum boats
- Vintage Travel Trailer Rally on May 15: for vintage campers and RVs
- Corks & Crafts Wine and Beer Festival on May 15: for beer and wine enthusiasts
- Vintage Motorcycle Weekend on June 12-13: for pre-1996 motorcycles and scooters
By order of Michigan’s governor, all museum visitors age 5 and over are required to wear a face mask in all indoor spaces, and in outside venues at any posted “mask required” areas or any time social distancing of 6’ cannot be maintained at any area of the museum.
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. Learn more at GilmoreCarMuseum.org.