Celebration of Brass IV

SHOW/EVENTS & PRE-WWII SWAP MEET (July 18th – 20th, 2024)

2024 Featured Cars:  Stoddard-Dayton & Pre-1916 Race Cars & Speedsters                                    

Please register for the Museum of the Horseless Carriage HCCA National Car Tour (July 21st – half day July 23rd, 2024) on its separate form.


This is the fourth summer that Brass Era car enthusiasts will gather at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, to celebrate pre-1916 automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, and race cars. The Celebration of Brass IV, hosted by the Museum of the Horseless Carriage, has become a not-to-be missed tradition featuring the car show, pre-WWII swap meet, car games, demonstrations, vintage fashion review, welcome reception, ice cream social, and banquet (Thursday, July 18th, early registration packet pick-up and reception – Friday and Saturday, July 19th & 20th, car show and swap meet).

Following Celebration IV is the Museum of the Horseless Carriage HCCA National Tour with all new venues and routes (Sunday, July 21st – a half day on Tuesday, July 23rd).  Please refer to the tour’s separate registration form.

Whether you are a returning participant, or this is your first time, we are truly delighted with your decision to join us! Here is important information to plan your trip and to complete the online registration and payment process.


Registration Information

IMPORTANT TO NOTE the Celebration of Brass IV event offers each registered show car complimentary Gilmore Car Museum admission for up to two people per car only – a value of $72 for two days. If you have additional guests registered with your car for Friday and/or Saturday’s Celebration, please purchase Gilmore Car Museum admission upon arrival for your additional participants. Swap meet vendor participants also receive free entry for up to two people. If you register for both the car show and swap meet, you qualify for four complimentary admissions. Please view the Gilmore Car Museum website for more information on admission fees.



All automobiles (any number of cylinders, steam, or electric), motorcycles, and bicycles made before 1916 are welcome. If you have any questions about eligibility or registration, refer to the contacts under ‘inquiries’ below. We are glad to help!

Car Show and Pre-WWII Swap Meet: You DO NOT need to be a member of the HCCA to participate.

Car Tour: You DO need to be a current member of the HCCA. The tour starts and finishes all 2.5 days at the Gilmore Car Museum. To attend the car tour, you need to sign up for the tour’s separate registration on this website.


Accommodations & Logistics

Host Hotel: Springhill Suites, 850 Trade Center Way, Portage, MI, 49002. Group rates are $154/$164 plus taxes and fees. The ‘Celebration of Brass’ contract is a 55-room block with a cut-off date of June 6th, 2024. It is 20 miles southwest of the Gilmore Car Museum, about a 30-minute drive. Call 269-238-3254 or link to book online:

Book your group rate for Celebration of Brass – Museum of the Horseless Carriage


RV Sites: Contact the Gilmore Car Museum (a Harvest Host member) at 269-671-5089 to make your campsite reservations on the museum grounds. Visit https://gilmorecarmuseum.org/visit/on-site-camping for more information.


Rig Parking: Complimentary parking at the Gilmore Car Museum is available on the east side of the grounds. Plan to keep your rig parked at the museum for the duration of all event and tour dates you are registered for.

The Museum of the Horseless Carriage is located at the Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 West Hickory Road, Hickory Corners, MI 49060.


Due Dates & Cancellation Policy

Online Registrations: Due no later than June 25th, 2024 to be included in our published printed material. Note: You may also register up until and including the day of the event, but you will not be included in the printed program.


Cancellations: No refunds after June 25th, 2024 due to the expenses affiliated with planning and material production.


Hotel: The special room block rate ends June 6th, 2024.


Contribution option: If you cancel after June 25th, 2024, you may request a donation letter from the Museum of the Horseless Carriage. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and donations are deductible according to IRS limits, rules, and regulations.



If you have any questions or need to make any changes to your registration, please reach out to events@museumofthehorselesscarriage.org and we will contact you soon.

Event Committee:  Chris Paulsen (Chair), Rusty Berg, Jim Bloomstrand, Kim Brodhagen, Terry Cole, Joyce Edfors, Tom Edfors, Mike Howard, and David Stevens.


On behalf of the Trustees of the Museum of the Horseless Carriage and the Celebration of Brass IV Event Committee, thank you!

Welcome Reception

Thursday, July 18, 3:00pm-7:00pm

Arrive, park trailers, bring your show car to the field (optional).

Early opportunity to collect car registration packet before show day, tour our museum, enjoy a BBQ, and mingle with friends alike!

Price: $0.00

Estimated number of people planning to attend – Enter # attending or 0

Price: sponsored by Chief Noonday Car Park


Car Show

Friday & Saturday, July 19th -20th, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Includes 2 days admission for 2 people per vehicle, pre-1916 vehicle display, swap meet, driving campus grounds, activities, demonstrations, vintage fashion review on Saturday & more

Number of pre-1916 vehicles or bicycles for show (Antique bicycles per registrant are free):

Price: $40.00
No of Vehicles:

Guest Names

Enter the names of your guests below.

Please note: The Celebration of Brass IV event offers each registered show car complimentary Gilmore Car Museum admission for up to two people per car only – a value of $72 for two days. If you have additional guests registered with your car for Friday and/or Saturday’s Celebration, please purchase Gilmore Car Museum admission upon arrival for your additional participants.

Guest Names

Please note:  If not showing a car, guests must pay Gilmore Car Museum admission upon arrival.  Refer to their website for entry fee information


Car Show Vehicle Information

Car Show Vehicle 2 Information

Car Show Vehicle 3 Information


Vendor Space For Swap Meet

Friday & Saturday, July 19th – 20th, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Vendor registration for 12’ X 25’ space

Number of spaces needed:

Price: $25.00

Ice Cream Social

Fundraiser for MHC held @ Mike and Nancy Howard Car Collection Friday, July 19th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Number of Attendees:

Price: $20.00


Saturday, July 20th, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm @ Kalamazoo Country Club

Number of Attendees (excluding kids 12 & under):

Price: $60.00

Number of Kids 12 & Under

Price: $0.00

Owner/Driver Commitment/Release Statement

I hereby agree to enter the vehicle described in the HCCA/Museum of the Horseless Carriage Celebration of Brass IV event. In consideration of the right to enter this event and for other valuable considerations, I (we) do hereby agree to indemnify, protect, defend and hold harmless the Museum of the Horseless Carriage, The Gilmore Car Museum, and HCCA-designated National Tour, their Chapters and/or Regions, Officers, and Representatives from and against any and all claims, costs, liabilities and attorneys’ fees arising from damage or injury, actual or claimed, of any kind or nature, to property or persons, resulting from my (our) participation in any of the Celebration of Brass events. The owner/driver certifies that the described vehicle(s) or substituted vehicle(s) entered in this event has duly passed the requirements of the motor vehicle authorities, or other governing bodies of the state in which the vehicle is registered, and the vehicle is legally registered and or licensed. These entities and their representatives will not, and cannot, be held responsible for the “safety certification” of any participating vehicle.

*State of Michigan requires that the registration & proof of insurance be in the vehicle*

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