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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

You're invited on Saturday July 12 for Third Annual DeutscheMarques Gathering

Calling all German car owners and enthusiasts. Please join us on Saturday July 12, 2014 for the third annual DeutscheMarques German Car Show at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan. We almost had 200 cars on the show field last year and need your help to hit the mark in 2014!

DeutscheMarques founder Pete Hamlett
awards Frederic Nugent the
Best in Show Mercedes-Benz trophy. 
All German cars are invited, including everything from daily drivers to weekend treasures. Participants showing a German car will pay only $8, discounted from the $12 regular admission fee to the Gilmore Car Museum, of the nation's finest automotive venues, which was recently expanded. The car show is paid for by our exclusive marque sponsors, Delta Imports Porsche in Grand Rapids and Orrin B. Hayes Mercedes-Benz in Kalamazoo.

Not only will DeutscheMarques show entrants enjoy a wonderful event, but may also tour the Gilmore Museum's many barns, which are full of antique, classic and exotic cars on display. Click here to visit the Gilmore Car Museum website

Car clubs are very welcome and may park together. DeutscheMarques Auto Group was founded by Peter Hamlett, leading a team of local German car club members. We're open to full participation by car clubs and welcome their suggestions. They are free to use the DeutscheMarques show as an opportunity to recruit members for their German car club and promote their events.
Rick Riley had his classic 1959 Porsche 356
 named Best in Show Porsche.

The 2014 Third Annual DeutscheMarques show is brought to you by Delta Imports Porsche in Grand Rapids and Orrin B. Hayes Mercedes-Benz in Kalamazoo, our exclusive marque sponsors. Our 2014 supporting vendors are Bob & Kay's Car WashSpring Valley Motors, both of Kalamazoo, and Claudio Kaempf's Foreign Car Services in Portage. Please click on their names to visit their websites. 

Participants will be able to see brand-new Porsche and Mercedes-Benz models on display by our sponsoring dealers. Please support those businesses who have made our event possible. You may also their websites by clicking on the links at right.

We'll be awarding a full range of awards, including Best of Show winners in six classes. Please visit Delta Porsche in Grand Rapids to see the inaugural winner of the DeutscheMarques Porsche Cup engraved on the trophy. Likewise, please visit Orrin B. Hayes Mercedes-Benz and Harold Zeigler BMW to see those trophies on display in their showrooms. Your name could be next.
Hundreds joined us last year
 - you're invited in 2014!

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us for more information.

We're looking forward to seeing you on Saturday July 12, 2014 at the Gilmore Car Museum for the third annual DeutscheMarques German Auto Show!
Download and print this registration form
 and please bring it with you on Saturday.
Preview of 2014 poster.

BMW winners at the 2013 DeutscheMarques Gathering

Here's a story about the BMW winners at the 2013 DeutscheMarques gathering at the Gilmore Car Museum (Please click on image to enlarge):

From BimmerBulletin, BMW CCA Michiana Chapter

Mercedes-Benz winners in 2013

Here's a story about the Mercedes-Benz winners at the 2013 DeutscheMarques gathering at the Gilmore Car Museum (Please click on image to enlarge):
Sponsored by Orrin B. Hayes Mercedes-Benz

Porsche winners from 2013 event

Here's a story about the Porsche winners at the 2013 Second Annual Gathering (Please click to enlarge):
Sponsored by Delta Porsche of Grand Rapids

Picture gallery from Second Annual Gathering in 2013

Here's a link to the picture gallery from the 2013 DeutscheMarques gathering:

Please click on each picture to enlarge and feel free
to download and print or post these pictures.
Just credit please.

Or click on the image below to start a slideshow:

The next show: Orrin B. Hays' Fun Concours on Saturday July 26

10th Annual Mercedes-Benz Fun Concours & Euro Car Show

Saturday, July 26, 2014 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., rain or shine

Hosted by Orrin B. Hayes Mercedes-Benz, 543 W. Michigan Ave. in downtown Kalamazoo

   All European car owners and enthusiasts are invited to participate in this event featuring a display of Mercedes-Benz vehicles from the 1950s to current day models plus a special Mercedes-Benz exhibit of rare 1950s and 60s vehicles. All European cars are invited to compete for trophies.
   This is a low-stress, high-fun level day where each registrant serves as a judge to vote for the car of his/her choice in each category. Categories will be determined by type and year of manufacture. Awards will also be provided for “Most Unique” and “People’s Choice” selections. Vehicle registration & car placement is 9:00-10:30 a.m., Voting is from 10:30 a.m. —11:30 a.m.
   Lunch, refreshments, door prizes, commemorative 1oth anniversary T-shirts and trophies are provided courtesy of Orrin B. Hayes, Inc. 
   Please put this date on your calendar and reserve your space now. The first ten registrants will be entered into special prize drawing.
   Club membership is not required to display your vehicle and enjoy the day. You may join the Mercedes-Benz Club of America ($49/yr) by calling 800-637-2360, online or at the show. 
   To register ($10 for MBCA members; $15 non-members) or for more information, contact Paul Swope of the Western Michigan Section of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, 269-382-5075 or

To see images from a previous show, click on the picture gallery link: