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Monday, October 10, 2022

First 300 through the gate

 How dapper will you look Saturday? The first 300 cars through the gate will get this cool enameled pin and ribbon. A small supply will also be available for sale.

Don’t forget your Alpine hat! And if you don’t have one, we’lll have a few available for sale.
Get your German going this Saturday, 9:00 AM, at the Gilmore Car Museum

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Color Tour Map

Here's a link to the Color Tour route we'll be taking on October 15. If you're pre-registered for the tour, you're all set. If not, pre-register below. Available slots are filling up fast!

Here's the route for our 2022 fall color tour as part of OKTOBERFEST, designed by DeutscheMarques board member Matthew Short.
35 minutes of rural beauty, beginning and ending at the Gilmore Car Museum.
Color Tour Map:
Tours depart at 9:30 AM on Saturday, October 15.

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Pre-Reg is OPEN!

 We filled all 72 spots for the Color Tour and registration is now closed.

We hope you got in! See you October 15!

Thursday, September 29, 2022

First 300 at the Gate!

 Those crazy board members at DeutscheMarques wanted to give away a gift to thank people for supporting our fun German car events over the past ten years.

The first 300 cars through the gate on Saturday, October 15 will receive this cool enamel pin with an OKTOBERFEST ribbon. Perfect for your Alpine hat!
Don't have an Alpine hat!?! We'll have a limited number of them available for sale, too!
And did we mention German food, beer and wine? German root beer for those who prefer that. And a real, live Oom-Pah band!
What's not to like? See you Saturday, October 15. Gate lifts at 9:00 AM. The party goes to 4:00 PM.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Haymarket Brewing is the Official Beer of Oktoberfest 2022


2 weeks away!! Oktoberfest 2022!

 Like all our DeutscheMarques events, we'll have some cool, limited edition t-shirts available for sale at the Gilmore Car Museum on October 15.

We placed the order yesterday and will only have 85 available. Want to feel special? Get there early and get one while they last.
Gate opens at 9:00. Color tours begin at 9:30. Saturday, October 15.
See you there!

Thursday, September 22, 2022


 We have some MOST EXCELLENT news to share!

You KNEW the 2nd Annual OKTOBERFEST celebration on October 15 at the Gilmore Car Museum would be BIGGER and BETTER than ever, didn’t you!?!
This year, the GCM is really pulling out all the stops!
Instead of the gigantic tent from last year, they are moving vehicles out of the Carriage House (next to the Gilmore Bar) and converting it into a German Beer Hall! You’ll be able to hear the DeutscheMarques Oom-Pah Band even better, and there will be MORE German beer, MORE German wine, MORE German food and we’re adding German root beer for the younger guests (and those who do not choose to imbibe).
And - as if that isn’t enough - we’re increasing the number of cars we’ll send out on a fall color tour and starting earlier, at 9:30 AM. Plus, you’ll be able to pre-register to go on the tour!
The Best Traditional Dressed competition continues and - in addition to awarding German beer steins (filled with German beer) for Gentlemen and Ladies - we adding a beautiful (root) beer stein trophy for the best dressed young person!
Details and additional information on the celebration and pre-registration will follow on our Facebook page, website, and email blasts. So stay tuned!
But be sure to block out Saturday, October 15 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This is going to be FUN!

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

 535 German Cars attend DM10!

It's official! 535 cars attended DM10 on July 9, 2022, continuing our record-breaking turnouts. That's 7% bigger than last year. We have consistently grown all ten years, thanks to a lot of cool cars coming from far and wide.
Leading the increase was Audi, with a 27% improvement over 2021! Congrats to Audi Club Michigan president David Keller and his leadership team!
Porsche was up nearly 13%, thanks to no conflicts with their annual Porsche Parade this year.
And Mercedes-Benz had a very respectable increase of 10%. New M-B president Matthew Short gets some of that credit.
Largest marque represented? BMW, again. But Porsche is hot on their heels. Look for the 2022 pie chart here!
Thank you all for attending! Mark your calendars for the first Saturday after July 4 next year. That would be July 8, 2023! See you at DM11!

 DeutscheMarques 10 - Attendance by Marque


DeutscheMarques 10 – July 9, 2022


Audi of Grand Rapids Winners:

Judges: Ryan Heiser, Mary Siegwart, Brett Siegwart

Best in Show:

Werner Gottschalk, Rochester Hills

1985 Ur Quattro

Best of the 2010s:

Stephen Palumbo, Lowell

2012 R8

Best of the 2000s:

Josh Hall, Ada

2008 RS4

Best of the 1990s:

Lars Wendl, Kentwood

1993 Audi 80 Cabriolet

Best of the 1980s:

Brad Post, Grand Rapids

1985 Coupe GT

Best Daily Driver:

Tyler Hamersma, Grand Rapids

2003 S8

Best Survivor:

Pamela Loyd, Rodney

2006 A4

Cleanest Concours Car:

Brian DiVita

2007 S4 Cabriolet

Judge’s Special Award:

Trevor Burie

1998 A6 Wagon


Sharpe BMW Winners:

Judges: Brian Ach, Ron Harshman

Best in Show:

Rick Rey, Niles

1957 502

Best of the 2010s:

Steven Podgurski, Holland

2013 Alpina B7

Best of the 2000s:

Bob Pekrul, Rockford

2002 M3

Best of the 1990s:

David Spalding, Chicago, IL

1993 M5

Best of the 1980s:

Thomas Peet, Willis

1988 M3

Best of the 1970s

Steve Maslen, Richland

1971 2000 Tii Touring

Best Classic (1969 and Earlier)

Bryan Lepley, Kalamazoo

1969 2002

Best Daily Driver:

Joshua Rager, Granger, IN

2021 M2 Competition

Best Survivor:

Fred Oakes, Lansing

1986 325

Cleanest Concours Car:

Gina Fairfield, Holland

2022 540i xdrive

Judge’s Special Award:

Paul Thieme, Highland

2011 BMW IM3


Orrin B. Hayes Mercedes Winners:

Judges: Harvey Nuttall, Albert Di Zenzo, Michael Kennedy

Best in Show:

Joe & Linda Prihoda, Grand Rapids

1983 380SL

Best of the 2010s:

George Connell, Marco Island, FL


Best of the 2000s:

Mark Frank, Kalamazoo

2008 Mercedes CL65

Best of the 1990s:

Chris Bahlman, Dearborn

1991 190E 2.3

Best of the 1980s:

Robert Buffham, Grand Rapids

1987 560 SL

Best of the 1970s

Robert Kirshman, Augusta

1972 350 SL

Best Classic (1969 and Earlier)

Don Drabik, Maple City

1958 190 SL

Best Daily Driver:

Adam Carr, Lowell

1984 300D Turbo Diesel

Best Survivor:

Joe Royston, Grandville

1985 300 TD

Cleanest Concours Car:

Gary Castile, Traverse City

2007 AMG SL55

Judge’s Special Award:

Adam Pickworth, Hamilton

1985 190E 16V


Porsche Grand Rapids Winners:

Judges: Richard Rakow, Kevin Mazer, John Hansen

Best in Show:

Rick Riley, Grand Rapids

1959 356 Coupe

Best of the 2010s:

Jose Rios, Bristol, IN

2016 GT3 RS

Best of the 2000s:

Al Wilson, Holland

2006 Boxster S

Best of the 1990s:

Claudio Kaempf, Portage

1997 993

Best of the 1980s:

Matthew Nahass, Rochester Hills

1986 944

Best of the 1970s

Paul & Marci Thieme, Grand Rapids

1971 914-6

Best Classic (1969 and Earlier)

Steve Maslen, Richland

1965 356 SC

Best Daily Driver:

Fred Oakes, Lansing

2001 911 Turbo

Best Survivor:

Amber Door, Jenison

1984 911

Cleanest Concours Car:

Christopher Young, Southfield

____ 996

Judge’s Special Award:

Josh Quellet, Holland

1984 Carrera


Munk’s Motors Volkswagen Winners:

Judges: Lindsay Draime, Jim Mulcrone, Cory Haab

Best in Show:

John Hanson, Battle Creek

1952 Bug

Best of the 2010s:

John & Toni Behrendt, Galesburg

2022 Golf R

Best of the 2000s:

Jeff Von Holten, Middleville

2005 Phaeton

Best of the 1990s:

Ken Berman, Farmington Hills

1996 Harlequin

Best of the 1980s:

Dan Sales, LaPorte, IN

1987 GTI – 16V

Best of the 1970s

Kenneth Adams, Tipton

1974 Thing (Acapulco ed.)

Best Classic (1969 and Earlier)

Mike & Laura Kennedy, Galesburg

1965 Beetle

Best Daily Driver:

Albert Di Zenzo, Chicago, IL

1984 Jetta

Best Survivor:

Nick Hizer, Kalamazoo

1995 B4 Passat

Cleanest Concours Car:

Martie & Jon Ritter, Vicksburg

1966 Type 1

Judge’s Special Award:

Dorothy & Peter Dykema, Hickory Corners

1968 Type 3 Notchback


Spring Valley Motors “Other” Marques Winners:

Judges: Richard Rakow, Kevin Mazer, John Hansen

Best in Show:

Mark Rahn, Portage

1964 Amphicar 770

Best of the 1970s

Tim Kelley, Middleville

1974 Kubelwagen (repro)

Best Classic (1969 and Earlier)

Richard Saft

1943 Schwimmwagen