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Muscle Cars Plus at The Gilmore

 Muscle gathers on the lawn of The Gilmore.

17th annual Muscle Car Plus Show & Swap Meet

Sunday September 9, 2012

The Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners, MI

Hosted by: West Michigan Muscle Cars

The Gilmore Car Museum co-hosts thirteen annual shows each year on their spacious 90-acre campus. The show area is bordered by a white wood-rail fence and a smattering of Oak, Maple and Pine trees provides some shade to attendees. The meticulously maintained grass show grounds is large enough to accommodate any size show. This year's edition of the Muscle Car  Plus show attracted nearly 300 participants and around twenty swap vendors.

The weather was perfectly cooperative, with sunshine intermittently trading places with clouds throughout the day. Temps in the mid 60's to lower 70's, depending on whether or not the sun was behind a cloud, combined with a slight breeze made for a very pleasant car show environment.

A better location for a car show can not be imagined. The Gilmore opens its doors for participants by including admission to the museum displays in the car show's registration charges. So, once your car was parked, cleaned up for presentation, and you had toured the show to view your fellow competitor's rides, you had several hours to stroll through the numerous Red Barns of the world-class museum.

The West Michigan Muscle Cars club has co-hosted this event for many years now, and their accumulated experience results in a smooth operation. All of the expected amenities are included–a d.j. handles announcements and provides a musical background score, food vending is supplied by the museum staff, and the awards ceremony takes place at the museum's picturesque Shell Gas Station.

Fourteen regular show classes offered at least three awards per class. A couple of the larger class paid out up to four awards. The large featured-make class, which had over thirty cars entered, paid down six places. This year the Featured Make was Chevrolet Chevelle and El Camino.

Special awards were presented to participants who were current or former military personnel. One recognition award was given to a representative each of the U.S. military branches.

Next year's edition of the Muscle Cars Plus car show is scheduled for the 2nd Sunday of September. Contact The Gilmore Car Museum for more detailed information on 2013 show season's planned events.

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Beautiful '65 GTO convertible was a Hurst-equipped, Royal Bobcat.

The Muscle Convertible class. Red '68 Camaro took class honors.

Beautiful '65 GTO convertible was a Hurst-equipped, Royal Bobcat.

The Muscle Convertible class. Red '68 Camaro took class honors.

One of several big block, full-size Chevy ground pounders in attendance.

Stunning '69 Mustang Mach 1 powered by a 428 Cobra Jet.

Concours quality 1970 GTO hardtop. The detailing and level of restoration on this numbers-matching Goat was not to be believed.

The early muscle class was populated by some outstanding machines.

What is it? It's a 1969 Pontiac Parisienne 2+2. Built in Canada, this Poncho is powered by a Chevy 427 and is 1 of 10 originally equipped in this manner.

River City Ford sponsored A/Stock '63 Galaxie anchors the Race class.

Another Race class vehicle is this '65 Belevedere featuring the engine pictured below.

1965 Plymouth 426 Max Wedge fills this engine bay.

Rare 1986 1/2 Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2. Only a little over 1,100 of this particular example were produced. This car was FULLY documented.

Triple black '67 Olds 442 rests in the host member's parking area.

1969 Shelby Mustang in Acapulco Blue. GT500 means that a 428 resides under the hood.

A contrast in years. A '67 GTO and a '68 GTO sit side by side in the Muscle Convertible class.

The awards are laid out on the tables in front of The Gilmore Shell Station.

'67 Chevy 427 in a really clean and crowded engine compartment.

1970 Pontiac Ram Air IV. Concours perfect. No air conditioning allowed with the RAIV means plenty of working space

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