Gilmore Car Museum announces 2024 dates for Model T Driving Experience

Gilmore Car Museum announces 2024 dates for Model T Driving Experience

The Gilmore Car Museum has a fleet of seven authentic Model T Fords that are utilized in their “Old School” driving classes. Shown are a 1915 Runabout, 1917 Touring car and 1919 Depot Hack.

Gilmore Car Museum

Hickory Corners, Mich. – Are you searching for a unique holiday gift for someone special? Or maybe you’re looking for something fun to do with friends? Step back in time at Gilmore Car Museum for a driving experience in an authentic Ford Model T! Registration is now live at

The Model T Driving Experience takes place from May through October, rain or shine, and requires pre-registration for a session from 9:00AM – 12:00PM ET or 1:30PM – 4:30PM ET on select dates. Classes fill up fast, so don’t wait to secure your 2024 date!

Driving a Model T is nothing like driving a Ford of today. Introduced by Henry Ford in 1908 right here in Michigan, this “sturdy, low-priced car for the masses” soon became the world’s best-selling automobile. Controlled by three pedals on the floor, a handle beside the seat, and two small levers on the steering wheel, you won’t find any keys or push button start in this Ford – drivers had to turn a hand crank on the front of the vehicle, all the while adjusting the choke and fuel mixture!

Instructors will teach you all of the basics:

● Use of spark and throttle control levers

● Coordination of hand and foot controls

● Proper shifting technique, reversing the vehicle

● Correct use of the neutral/brake lever, stopping the vehicle

● Starting basics and crank start demonstration

Ready to get behind the wheel? Book your class before December 25 and the Gilmore will include a FREE commemorative wooden Model T holiday ornament! In addition, students will receive a historian-guided tour of some of the most fascinating pieces in our collection, an exclusive souvenir Model T booklet, a Certificate of Completion, as well as admission to the entire historic campus of the Gilmore Car Museum on the day of their class.

Please Note:

● Valid driver’s license or learner’s permit is required.

● Class size is limited for a more personalized, one-on-one learning experience.

● YES, we still drive in the rain just like they did in 1908, so be sure to dress for the


For questions or more information, visit, call (269) 671-5089 or email

About Gilmore Car Museum – The world-renowned Gilmore Car Museum – North America’s largest auto museum with more than 400 vehicles on display — is located midway between Chicago and Detroit, just 20 minutes north of Kalamazoo, or 45 minutes south of Grand Rapids. The museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, whose mission is to tell the history of America through the automobile. Learn more at

6865 Hickory Road | Hickory Corners, Michigan 49060

PH: (269) 671-5089 | FAX: (269) 671-5843 |

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