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Closed Cars are the Stars in the 2010 Experience at the CCCA Museum

Ernest Hillenbrand's 1933 Packard 8 1002 Victoria in front of the CCCA Museum.

Bill Parfet's Matched Auburns at the Grand Classic, 1934 1250 Cabriolet, 1934 1250 Sedan and 1933 12-165 Brougham.

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The 2010 CCCA Museum “Experience” featured closed cars with 75 excellent examples on display Sunday, June 6 in Hickory Corners Michigan. The diversity of body styles was wonderful — including everything from coupes and sedans to all-weather landaulets and limousines.

The earliest closed car presented was a 1924 Packard Fleetwood town car. The show field included several rarely-seen Classics including a 1925 Lincoln Judkins Berline, a 1926 Wills Sainte Claire club sedan, a 1932 Nash 1090 Victoria coupe and a 1934 Brewster town car. Although most of the Classics came from throughout the Midwest, others came from as far away as Alabama, Colorado and Kansas.

A special treat was seeing two beautiful Lincoln KB custom-built coupes – one by Dietrich and one by Judkins. Five of the CCCA Museum’s closed cars were on display and were busy providing rides on the Gilmore campus for spectators throughout the weekend.

“It was a most enjoyable weekend,” said CCCA Museum president Walter Blenko. “Despite threatening skies every event planned for the weekend was held as scheduled. The automobile rides proved to be a special treat for spectators. People definitely enjoyed riding in the Museum’s Classics.”

The weekend events began on Friday morning with a tour through the beautiful Michigan countryside, including a stop at a historic mill. The historic Kellogg mansion on Gull Lake provided a perfect setting for lunch and a tour of the mansion. Friday concluded with an evening barbecue dinner served on the grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum.

The Saturday Grand Classic with a stunning field that included twelve 100-point Classic Cars concluded with a gala dinner and awards presentation that evening. In what is becoming a tradition at the Experience, Bill Parfet served as celebrity auctioneer for the auction that kicked off the evening events.

On Sunday the Closed Car Experience took place with 75 truly outstanding automobiles making up a field of great Classic Cars. The awards drive-by narrated by Bob Joynt and David Schultz was, as usual, informative and enjoyable. Following the awards presentation Bill and Barbara Parfet hosted the wonderful afterglow party – a fitting end to a truly great weekend of camaraderie.

Chief sponsor of the 2010 Experience was Gooding & Company. David Gooding, president of the company, was on hand throughout the weekend and presented the honorary chairman’s award. Other event sponsors were Hyman Ltd. and Hagerty Insurance.

The 2011 Experience theme is Vintage Cars of Indiana.

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