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Friday, June 29, 2012

You're Invited!

Help us make history on Saturday, July 7, 2012.

You're invited to the inaugural Deutche Marques German Car event at the Gilmore Car Museum.
Brought to you by our sponsors, Delta Porsche in Grand Rapids, Orrin B. Hayes Mercedes-Benz in Kalamazoo, and Harold Zeigler BMW in Kalamazoo, this gathering of German cars is sure to be an exciting, premium auto event.

Are you proud of your Porsche?
Think BMWs are best?
Always making friends in your Mercedes-Benz?

Bring any German car, a daily driver, classic or a weekend special partner, to the inaugural DeutcheMarques German Car event at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners. Check the museum website for other events and directions:

Shine up your ride and meet us at the Gilmore on the Saturday following the July 4th holiday. Admission for participants is only $6 for this special event. Museum admission without a German car is $10. All proceeds benefit the world-class museum, DeutscheMarques is brought to you by our sponsors. See them for your next new or preowned German car.

We're looking forward to lots of club members from the Porsche Club of America, the BMW Car Club of America, the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, the Audi Club of North America, and several VW and other clubs. Members of all German car clubs are invited to park together and also to spread the word about the fun their organizations create.

You are invited! We're looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, July 7 from 9 a.m to 4 p.m.

Check back, more information to come.

2012 Event Poster

Click to enlarge the 2012 Inaugural Event poster. Please feel free to download this low-resolution version of the Inaugural 2012 poster to share via email to social network sites, friends.

1938 Mercedes 540K Sport Tourer courtesy of: 
William U. and Barbara Parfet,
on loan to the Gilmore Car Museum
Poster design and photography by Bradley S. Pines /

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Frequently Asked Questions

What does "Deutche Marques" mean?

It’s kind of a pun. Deutsche is the German word for German and marques is an English word for car manufacturer. So, DeutscheMarques means German car makers. Say “doy-ch marx.”
It also sounds just like the German money, deutsche marks, in use until 2002.
What kind of car may I bring to the event?
Any car made by a German-owned company from the five main brands, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Volkswagen, or any German car. Bring your daily driver, or any German weekend toy. Got a Maybach, Opel, Merkur, MINI or a Tribant in the garage?
What does it cost to enter a car?
Only $6 per person. All entry fees benefit the Gilmore Car Museum. Our sponsors, Delta Porsche in Grand Rapids, Hayes Mercedes-Benz and Harold Zeigler BMW in Kalamazoo bring you Deutsche Marques, so please buy your next car from them. Entry fee for non-show folks is $10.
Do I need to do anything special to my car?
A wash and wax are nice, but it’s not required.
Will there be awards?
Our judges will be awarding trophies for Best of Show Audi, BMW, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and Best Other German Car. We're planning awards in six different classes, too. Delta Porsche, Hayes Mercedes-Benz and Zeigler BMW winners will get their names engraved on trophies which will be on display in their showrooms. Visit and impress your friends.
May German car club members park together?
Yes! We’re expecting many members of the Porsche Club of America, the BMW Car Club of America, the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, the Audi Club of North America and the Volkswagen Club of America as well as several other car clubs. All are welcome to park together and to recruit members for their organizations.
What are the show hours on Saturday, July 7?
Deutsche Marques will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
How do I get the the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners?
You may use the Google Maps button on the right side of our website. The address is 6865 Hickory Rd, Hickory Corners, MI 49060
What if it rains?
The event will go on and we will have fun, rain or shine.
What is there to see at the Gilmore Car Museum?
The Gilmore Car Museum is one of the top five automotive museums in the United States. The park-like campus contains 7 separate museums with nearly 300 cars and hundreds items of automotive interest on display. There’s even the Blue Moon Diner, an authentic 1941 eatery, and the museum's new Cafe for food. Visit for more info about this world-class venue.
Will there be new German cars there too?
Our sponsors, Delta Porsche in Grand Rapids, Hayes Mercedes-Benz and Zeigler BMW in Kalamazoo, may have new models on site.
How can I help spread the word about this fun event?
Be sure to share our web address via social media (buttons on our site), and feel free to download the event poster, print it and display the poster for your friends. 
Any way to reach the event organizers, Deutsche Marques Auto Group for more info or to volunteer?
Sure, just send an email to

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Registration form

Right-click to download this registration form, print out, complete, and save time on Saturday morning.