DeutscheMarques 2017 Sets Another New Record!

DeutscheMarques 2017 Sets Another New Record!
Thanks to Porsche Grand Rapids, Orrin B. Hayes Mercedes-Benz and Sharpe BMW, our DeutscheMarques VI event set a new record – over 300 show cars and thousands of visitors to the Gilmore Car Museum! We're already planning for 2018!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

BMW had the Most Cars at DM2017!

Did you wonder how many cars in your favorite marque made the show? Here's the 2017 breakdown.

DeutscheMarques 2017 in Review

Our sixth annual show set new records! Over 300 German cars from five states and thousands of visitors descended upon the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan for the Sixth Annual DeutscheMarques car show on July 8, 2017. The weather could not have been more beautiful - mid-70s, low humidity and less than a 10% change of rain. The Garage Queens came out in force, to set a new record, making DeutscheMarques the largest German car show in the Midwest!

As always, there were some spectacular vehicles in the field. A local collector provided three stunning late 50s/ early 60s Mercedes-Benz'. But the show stopper was a 1965 Porsche 356 cabriolet once owned by Janis Joplin. This psychedelic vehicle attracted droves of people.

This year, we had two Opel's join us in the "Other" category. They are talking about increasing their numbers. If they do, we'll create an Opel category to join the Audi, BMW, Porsche, Mercedes, and Volkswagen marques.

The Best in Show winners received beautiful crystal trophies and were cheered by an appreciative crowd.

The coveted "Best in Show" crystal trophy was awarded to one car in each marque. The proud winners were:

Best in Show Audi:
Nathan Lantzy, Battle Creek, 2010 Audi S5

Best in Show BMW Presented by Exclusive Marque Sponsor Sharpe BMW: 
Jeff Schutter, Sparta, MI, 1985 635 csi

Best in Show Mercedes-Benz Presented by Exclusive Marque Sponsor Orrin B. Hayes Mercedes-Benz: 
Doug Wolford, Lansing, MI, 1972 280 SEL 4.5

Best in Show 'Other'
Bill Gephart, Kalamazoo, MI, 1971 Opel GT

Best in Show Porsche Presented by Exclusive Marque Sponsor Porsche Grand Rapids: 
Robert Yonce, Shelby Township, MI, 2015 911 Turbo S

Best in Show Volkswagen
Peter & Dorothy Dykema, Hickory Corners, MI, 1967 Type 1 Beetle

Friday, July 14, 2017

2017 Award Winners

DeutscheMarques – July 8, 2017

Audi Award Winners:
Best in Show Audi:
Nathan Lantzy, Battle Creek, MI
2010 S5
Best of the 2010s:
Frankie Caruso, Birmingham, MI
2008 R8
Best of the 2000s:
Bill Lausch, Holland, MI
2001 TT
Best of the 1990s:
Joel Phillips, Kalamazoo, MI
1995 UR S6
Best of the 1980s:
Tim Post, Grand Rapids, MI
1985 Coupe GT
Best Daily Driver:
Dan Ellis, Alto, MI
1990 200 Turbo
Best Survivor:
Tom Woodbury, Portage, MI
2006 A6
Cleanest Concours Car:
Jim Kloska, Buchanan,MI
2007 S8
Judge’s Special Award:
Amos Walker III, Portage, MI
2001 A4 built from Ebay parts


Sharpe BMW Award Winners:
Best in Show BMW:
Jeff Schutter, Sparta, MI
1985 635 csi
Best of the 2000s:
Bruce Betzler, Kalamazoo, MI
2004 M3
Best of the 1990s:
Kyle McGary, Carmel, IN
1992 325i
Best of the 1980s:
Harvey Nuttall, Ada, MI
1989 325i
Best of the 1970s:
Patrick McCarthy, Grand Rapids, MI
1976 2002
Best Classic (1969 & earlier):
Bryan Lepley, Kalamazoo, MI
1969 2002
Best Daily Driver:
Rashad Luster, Holland, MI
1988 325 IX
Best Survivor:
Gary Apps, Kalamazoo, MI
1991 850 Ci
Cleanest Concours Car:
Kash Abdul-Rahman, Pendleton, IN
2006 M6
Judge’s Special Award:
Richard Bobian, Bear Lake, MI
1980 E2 – Great restoration story

Orrin B. Hayes Mercedes-Benz Award Winners:
Best in Show Mercedes-Benz:
Doug Wolford, Lansing, MI
1972 280 SEK 4.5
Best of the 2010s:
Todd Brower, Grand Rapids, MI
2010 E550 Coupe
Best of the 2000s:
Douglas Jeza, Macomb, MI
2005 SLK 350
Best of the 1990s;
Geo Turner, Hickory Corners, MI
1986 560 SEL
Best of the 1980s:
Jack & Mary Ryan, Vicksburg, MI
1983 380 SLL
Best of the 1970s:
Jerry & Nancy Iagulli, Toledo, OH
1979 280 SL
Best Classic (1969 & earlier):
Klaus Jones, Troy, MI
1967 250 SE
Best Survivor:
Ray Housing, Niles, MI
1965 220 Sb
Cleanest Concours Car:
Marv Berkowitz, Portage, MI
2011 E 550 W
Judge’s Special Award:
Matt & Michele Funk, Middleville, MI
1967 299D – all original diesel

'Other' Award Winners:
Best in Show Other:
Bill Gephat, Kalamazoo, MI
1971 Opel GT - Judges: “We LOVE Opels!”
Judge's Special Award:
Nathan Couk, Vicksburg, MI
1971 Opel GT – work in progress, purchased when he was 17 (now 19)

Porsche Grand Rapids Award Winners:
Best in Show Porsche:
Robert Yonce, Shelby Township, MI
2015 911 Turbo S
Best of the 2010s:
Darren Draves, Hickory Corners, MI
2000 GT3 RS
Best of the 2000s:
Ted Blacklidge, Rockford, MI
2007 911
Best of the 1990s:
Curt Pullem
1998 911/ 993
Best of the 1980s:
Bob Stander, Holland, MI
1986 911 Carrera
Best of the 1970s:
Craig Paull, Grand Rapids, MI
1970 914-6
Best Classic (1969 & earlier):
Rick Riley, Grand Rapids, MI
1962 356B
Best Daily Driver:
Fred Young, Sterling Heights, MI
2002 911 Carrera Coupe
Best Survivor:
John & Marshall Walters, Shelbyville, MI
1988 Carrera
Cleanest Concours Car:
Kathy Hartman, Portage, MI
1965 356 C
Judge’s Special Award:
Jack Hartman, Portage, MI
1991 911 Carrera S in Riviera Blue

Volkswagen Award Winners:
Best in Show Volkswagen:
Peter & Dorothy Dykema, Hickory Corners, MI
1967 Type 1 Beetle
Best of the 2010s:
Lewis Wooster, East Lansing, MI
2010 GTI
Best of the 2000s:
Timothy Risk, Ferndale, MI
2000 GTI
Best of the 1990s:
Rob Alexander, Portage, MI
VW GTI
Best of the 1980s:
Mike Dontje, Shelbyville, MI
1988 VW Cabriolet
Best of the 1970s:
Jack Sthset, Berrien Springs, MI
1972 VW Beetle
Best Classic (1969 & earlier):
Jerry Neidlinger, Vicksburg, MI
1963 VW Bug
Best Survivor:
Kathleen Hizer, Kalamazoo, MI
1986 VW Cabriolet “Saved from the scrap yard!”
Cleanest Concours Car:
Donnie Olivia, Niles, MI
1974 VW Bug Hugger
Judge’s Special Award:
Ken Adams, Tipton, MI
1965 Highroof Van – “IT SERVES BEER!”



Sunday, July 10, 2016

DeutscheMarques 2016 In Review

Hundreds of German cars and thousands of visitors descended upon the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan for the Fifth Annual DeutscheMarques car show on July 9, 2016. The weather was beautiful and in spite of an additional 3,000 people arriving to run in a crazy 5K inflatable run, the GCM staff moved the cars smoothly onto the field.

As always, there were some spectacular vehicles in the field. A 1970 Porsche 911 factory-built rally car was presented by Tom Ripley. Said to be the winningest European rally car, it has won the Austrian Alps Rally, RAC Rally in England, the Monte Carlo Rally, the Tour de France Rally (yes, the one with CARS), and has been raced by every significant LeMans race car driver, including Jurgen Barth.

Darren Draves displayed his beautiful 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. On his registration, Darren noted the car is "bone stock." After looking it over, it's hard to imagine how it might be improved.

A 1957 BMW Isetta drew a lot of attention from the admiring crowd and received a special Judge's Award. Owner Ron Lindoo of Ann Arbor noted that the car is "small...really small."

Chief DeutscheMarques judge Marv Berkowitz took home the "Cleanest Concours Car" award for his absolutely immaculate 2011 E 550W. His meticulous attention to detail was shared with the judges before they made their rounds.

Our growing Audi contingent was well-represented. Nathan Lantzy snagged two awards for his red 2010 Audi S5, garnering both "Best of the 2010s" and "Cleanest Concours Car" for that exciting marque.

A complete list of the 2016 winners follows.

The most coveted "Best in Show" crystal trophy was awarded to one car in each marque. The proud winners were:
"Best in Show" winners from left:  Klaus Jones from Troy, Michigan with his 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SE, David Chapple of Marshall, Michigan with his 1958 Volkswagen BeetleKathy Hartman of Portage, Michigan and her 1956 Porsche 356C, Mary Short from Kalamazoo, Michigan and her winning 2013 BMW Alpina B7, James Kloska of Buchanan, Michigan and his 2007 Audi S8. [Photo by John Lacko]
Presented by 
Exclusive Marque Sponsor 
Sharpe BMW:
Best in Show BMW:                  Mary Short, Kalamazoo, MI          2013 Alpina B7

Presented by 
Exclusive Marques Sponsor 
Orrin B. Hayes Mercedes-Benz:
Best in Show Mercedes-Benz:  Klaus Jones, Troy, MI                     1967 250SE

Presented by 
Exclusive Marque Sponsor 
Porsche Grand Rapids:
Best in Show Porsche:               Kathy Hartman, Portage, MI         1956 356C

Best in Show Audi:                   James Kloska, Buchanan, MI          2007 S8

Best in Show Volkswagen:       David Chapple, Marshall, MI          1958 Beetle

2016 DeutscheMarques Award Winners

DeutscheMarques – July 9, 2016

Here are the Sharpe BMW award winners:

Best in Show BMW:
Mary Short, Kalamazoo, MI
2013 Alpina B7
Best of the 2010s:
James Wickersham, Mason, MI
2014 M5
Best of the 2000s:
Trevor Miller, Richland, MI
2004 M3
Best of the 1990s:
Michael Vandeveer, Kalamazoo, MI
1997 Z3
Best of the 1980s:
Jeff Schutter, Sparta, MI
1985 635 CSi
Best of the 1970s:
Arlan TenClay, Hudsonville, MI
1971 2002
Best Classic (1969 & earlier):
Kevin Taylor, Kokomo, IN
1968 1600
Best Survivor:
Dennis Rohm, Auburn, IN
1982 320is
Cleanest Concours Car:
Michael Johnson, Farmington Hills, MI
2012 650i X-Drive
Judge’s Special Award:
Rod Lindoo, Ann Arbor, MI
1957 Isetta

 Here are the Orrin B. Hayes Mercedes-Benz award winners:
Best in Show Mercedes-Benz:
Klaus Jones, Troy, MI
1967 250SE
Best of the 2010s:
Matthew Short, Kalamazoo, MI
2012 C63 Black Series
Best of the 2000s:
Richard Nellums, Portage, MI
2000 SL600
Best of the 1990s:
Steve Edelen, Battle Creek, MI
1993 300CF
Best of the 1980s:
John Pruis, Grand Rapids, MI
1988 180E
Best of the 1970s:
Doug Wolford, Lansing, MI
1972 280SEL 4.5
Best Classic (1969 & earlier):
Matt Funk, Middleville, MI
1967 200D
Best Survivor:
Mark Sauer, Holland, MI
1995 S 350TD
Cleanest Concours Car:
Marv Berkowitz, Portage, MI
2011 E 550W
Judge’s Special Award:
Tom Gezon, Marne, MI
2001 SLK 320

Here are the Porsche Grand Rapids award winners:
Best in Show Porsche:
Kathy Hartman, Portage, MI
1956 356C
Best of the 2010s:
Jack Hartman, Portage, MI
2013 911 Carrera S
Best of the 2000s:
Darren Draves, Hickory Corners, MI
2005 Carrera GT
Best of the 1990s:
Dan & Ren Phillips, Grand Rapids, MI
1990 944 S2
Best of the 1980s:
Amber Door & Jerry Arens, Jenison, MI
1984 911
Best of the 1970s:
Rick Riley, Grand Rapids, MI
1975 911 Carrera
Best Classic (1969 & earlier):
Terry Schieble, Portage, MI
1967 911 S
Best Survivor:
Mark Zavada, Kalamazoo, MI
1981 911SC
Cleanest Concours Car:
Chris Young, Birmingham, MI
1988 928S4
Judge’s Special Award:
Doug Medema, Belding, MI
1955 550 Spyder (replica)

Here are the Audi award winners:
Best in Show Audi:
James Kloska, Buchanan, MI
2007 S8
Best of the 2010s:
Nathan Lantzy, Battle Creek, MI
2010 S5
Best of the 2000s:
Tom Woodburn, Portage, MI
2005 A4
Best of the 1990s:
Ben Zeeuw, Grand Rapids, MI
A4Q
Best Survivor:
Jerry Cummings, Allegan, MI
2002 A4 Avant
Cleanest Concours Car:
Nathan Lantzy, Battle Creek, MI
2010 S5
Judge’s Special Award:
Joel Phillips, Kalamazoo, MI
1995 Ur-S6

Here are the Volkswagen award winners:
Best in Show Volkswagen:
David Chapple, Marshall, MI
1958 Beetle
Best of the 2010s:
Richard Deming, Jr., Grand Rapids, MI
2013 GTI
Best of the 2000s:
Tom Gloden, Lansing, MI
2004 R32
Best of the 1990s:
Terry Rott, Grand Rapids, MI
1991 GTI
Best of the 1980s:
Shawn Jones, Muskegon, MI
1992 Rabbit Pickup
Best of the 1970s:
Michele Boniface Tsuji, Delton, MI
1977 Transporter Bus
Best Classic (1969 & earlier):
David Chapple, Marshall, MI
1968 Karmann Ghia
Best Survivor:
John Jakasson, Wyoming, MI
1956 Beetle
Cleanest Concours Car:
Stephen Mondry, Grand Rapids, MI
1993 Corrado SLC
Judge’s Special Award:
Susie Lucas, Allegan, MI
1967 13-Window 9- Passenger Station Wagon