This week Western Michigan exploded in a profusion of amazing color. PEAK had arrived! And I was ready:
I have been carrying my camera with me at all times…always ready for that perfect photo-op. I have developed a new system in which carrying my camera has become easier for me to do…more on that in a future post. In any case, this Fall has been a rather beautiful one. I had my doubts about it for a minute…but I was never more happy to be proven wrong.
One of the fun events I wanted to do this Fall with my dear husband was visit the Gilmore Car Museum. It had been a while since our last time there and I thought the grounds would be fun to explore with beautiful Fall color as the back drop. Driving over to the museum also provided the opportunity for a mini color tour. Richland Township is known for some splendid drives this time of year:
We arrived to the museum in the mid afternoon. I was shocked by how much the landscape aesthetic had changed. New buildings/exhibits have emerged from the field. Gilmore Car Museum is definitely a testimony to the old adage, “build it and they will come”*. Because come they have–people from around the world have visited this re-purposed corn field to see a dazzling collection of vintage automobiles.
I love how the Gilmore Car Museum is keeping a retro atmosphere. The cars have been housed in meticulous kept barns (HUGE barns) but the new exhibits were built to replicate old dealerships:
Also on premises is a vintage Shell Station:
and a restored Diner Car (originally from Connecticut) where we enjoyed a light lunch:
The cars are absolutely amazing. Would I ever be able to pick a favorite? I didn’t think so until I saw this one–at the end of our tour:
Before finding this incredible Mercedes, which also owns a very unique story, I kind of fell in love with this one:
If you will notice, I tend to be drawn to silver/pewter patina on cars. I noticed. There were many other incredible colors on cars but the silver metallic just kind of did it for me. See what I mean?:
But guess what they don’t have? A 1955 (or ’56) Dodge La Femme. I thought if there would be one anywhere it would be here. I voiced my concerns to someone wearing an official shirt so we shall see what happens. Ummm, for the record, he had never heard of a Dodge La Femme. I added that obtaining one wouldn’t really mean a lot unless it came with the whole package…Evans leather handbag with accessories, umbrella, and rain hat. I got a polite nod and smile but no promises. Work with me, people!
And I found my next house:
I could so do it…simple living in style!
We had a great time visiting this countryside gem of a museum. If you are a car enthusiast, I highly recommend a visit. My next post will share a totally different aspect of the museum.
Enjoy your day!
*from the movie “Field of Dreams”