Elvis fans don’t need to travel for Graceland to get a dose of “the King of Rock ‘N Roll” or search Kalamazoo, MI for “Elvis sightings”- they only need to head to the Gilmore Car Museum, in Hickory Corners, MI!
The 24th annual Elvis Memorial Car Show & Tribute Concert will be held at Museum this Saturday, August 15 from 9 am - 5 pm. This popular event is a great way to relive memories- or even make a few- from the bygone era of poodle skirts, fast cars and the King of Rock ‘N Roll. Bring your own classic car or simply come to enjoy the car show, and be sure you bring a lawn chair for the high-energy Elvis tribute concert. Noted Elvis tribute artist Darrel Hagel, a past winner at the esteemed Collingwood Elvis Festival in Canada, is back this year by popular demand. Hagel will take the stage for a special “Vegas Style” concert salute to the King, performing Elvis’ hits from the 50’s, his movies and his live Las Vegas shows.
The Elvis Memorial Car Show marks the 32nd anniversary of the death of Presley, who passed away at the age of 42 on August 16, 1977. The 90-acre park-like setting of the Gilmore Car Museum will play host to hundreds of sports cars, street machines, stock and antique cars, muscle cars, and 4 x 4’s, as well as custom and Pro Street vehicles. Presented by the Rod Benders Car Club of West Michigan for the 24th year, the Saturday car show and swap meet is open to the public from 9 am to 5 pm, with the tribute concert taking place in the afternoon.
Special discounted spectator admission is $8.00 per day, with those under 11 admitted free. Guests will be able to tour the world-class collection of nearly 200 extraordinary vehicles in Gilmore Car Museum at no extra charge. For the remainder of the 2009 season the Museum is also featuring the all-new exhibit, "History - 1/4 Mile at a Time," featuring vehicles from some of the most iconic names in drag racing history – “Big Daddy” Don Garltis, Arnie “The Farmer” Beswick, Kalamazoo’s Jerry Arnold, and E. J. Potter – aka “The Michigan Madman,” just to name a few.
The Gilmore Car Museum is located just 20 minutes northeast of Kalamazoo on M-43 and Hickory Road. To learn more about the Gilmore Car Museum visit wmta.org or www.GilmoreCarMuseum.org.
For more great events this weekend, visit wmta.org's event calendar!