On Friday, May 30, in Hickory Corners Michigan, the Classic Car Club of America Museum “Cadillac and LaSalle Grand Experience" began with a "Country Tour," which included a drive over to Marshall, Michigan to see the Magic Museum, the Honolulu House Museum, and a stop at the Win Shuler restaurant for lunch.
Following the tour was a “Get Acquainted Barbecue” on the museum grounds where Executive Director Katie Robbins greeted participants at the door. This year’s attendees spent the social hour reuniting with old friends and making acquaintances with other Classic Car, Cadillac and LaSalle enthusiasts. Lines formed at the serving tables where salads, pasta, and desserts (catered by Radisson Plaza at Kalamazoo Center) were served. Museum President Howard Freedman welcomed Experience participants to the Museum grounds and announced the weekend schedule of events.
On Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m., registration and parking began for the Grand Classic. By 9:30, 39 beautiful Full Classics® were parked on the field, ranging in years from 1919 to 1948 (see all entrants here). The majority were domestic automobiles, but several were British, and one was a bit of both: Ernst Hillenbrand's striking 1936 Railton.
At 2:00 p.m. David Chapple hosted an "Introduction to Automotive Art" session where attendees could learn about automotive art in general and also the items that would be up for auction later.
That evening the Experience Dinner Gala was held at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo. Guests spent the social hour visiting and enjoying the automotive art, which would be up for bid at the after-dinner auction. Also auctioned were a number of trips and getaway packages provided by generous donors. Positioned around the perimeter of the dining room were dozens of items for the silent auction, including framed photo collections, books, jewelry, and much more.
Oregon Region member David Charvet was the evening’s auctioneer, and later the evening’s entertainment. An award winning author of nine books on magic, Charvet delighted and amazed the audience with a succession of astonishing and baffling tricks.
Finally, the awards for the Grand Classic winners were announced. You can see the winning automobiles in the Grand Classic Award Gallery.
The Experience Concours began Sunday morning with packet pick-up and placement of cars on the field. Nearly six dozen of beautiful Full Classics®, Cadillacs, and LaSalles ranging from 1909 to 1961 were soon on display (see all entrants here).
2:30 PM saw the Experience Drive-by and Awards Presentation begin and it was quite a show (see all award winners here). Beyond the visual pleasure of watching the cream of the crop cross the presentation line, past CCCA Presidents David Schultz and Bob Joynt delivered a fascinating narrative, providing interesting insights into each and every winning vehicle.
Congratulations and goodbyes were exchanged at the Farewell Supper, capping off another Experience, with all eyes now looking forward to next year's Experience, which will include Full Classics® and all Packard automobiles. We look forward to seeing you there!