The Indianapolis 500 has been called “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”, bringing together the greatest drivers in the world to compete for their place in history. West Michigan has its own claim to fame when it comes to Indy 500 history. Here to tell us more about what’s on display at the Gilmore Car Museum is Jay Follis.
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In celebration of the 102nd running of the famed Indy 500 the Gilmore Car Museum near Kalamazoo, Michigan has announced a special exhibit honoring auto racing icon A.J. Foyt.
Kalamazoo-based Jim Gilmore Enterprises sponsored the team in 1977 when Foyt became the first driver to ever win the Indianapolis 500 four times. Jim Gilmore, Jr., the nephew of Museum founders Donald and Genevieve Gilmore, was once Mayor of Kalamazoo and owner of several TV / radio stations and automotive dealerships throughout the country. Local residents will surely recall seeing the signature orange #14 Indy race car hanging from the ceiling of Gilmore’s downtown Cadillac dealership.
Gilmore Car Museum | 6865 W. Hickory Road
Hickory Corners | 269-671-5089 | Open 7 days a week | GilmoreCarMuseum.org