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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

DeutscheMarques 2024 - "Best in Show" Winners!

 People who were considering attending DM12 looked at the weather report the morning of Saturday, July 13, and saw something remarkable:  A zero-percent chance of rain all day long! They came out in droves as they drove to the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan.

“Droves” is not an understatement. 646 beautiful German cars filled the GCM grounds to overflowing. It was another record year – a 14% increase over 2023! In fact, DM attendance has grown every year since it began in 2012, thanks to the many wonderful German car enthusiasts across the Midwest and Canada.

As always, there were many remarkable cars to see. An East German two-cylinder two-stroke Trabant. Not one, but TWO Mercedes-Benz Unimogs. An Amphicar 770 (that previously won so many awards in the ‘Other’ category, they asked not to be part of the 2024 judging).

Speaking of judging, we want to give a special thanks to the 17 attendees who volunteered their time on this beautiful afternoon to look at hundreds of cars and choose their favorites from an astounding field. And “favorites” it is, as most of these are not trained professional judges. BMW drivers looked at a different marque, like Porsche. Porsche folks might judge Volkswagens. Audi owners perused Mercedes-Benz. And so on.

All in all, judging is meant to be fun. Except, maybe, when it comes to the coveted “Best in Show” trophies. These elegant awards went to the six “best” cars in each marque. And we had a history-making “two-fer” in the results.

Here are the people who took home the crystal:

Audi was well represented by Joshua Lothringer from South Rockwood, Michigan. His 2017 A4 Allroad in Moonlight Blue Metallic over Nougat was a showstopper, with its airlift suspension and imported European roof rails.

BMW sported a highly modified 1988 M3 we wouldn’t want to run against on a track. John Kosmas brought it from Niles, Illinois to be part of the party. 187K miles and still going strong.

Mercedes-Benz – our 2024 featured marque - found a hero in Herbert Beuter’s 1956 190 SL. If you Google “beautiful car,” you might see Herbert’s vehicle, which is currently residing in Three Rivers, Michigan.

Porsche Platz displayed a gorgeous 1965 356SC named Heinz, owned by Peter and Dorothy Dykema. They drove all the way from Hickory Corners, Michigan (that’s a joke! GCM is in Hickory Corners)! It was originally a California car and even has the correct Porsche factory tools.

Volkswagen provided an opportunity to repeat the names of the previous “Best in Show” winners, Dorothy and Peter Dykema. Their 1968 Type 3 Notchback stole the hearts of the judges with its sunroof, bamboo trays and side lites. We are glad they brought it from just down the street.

And although there were only five cars in the always interesting ‘Other’ class, they were all unique and special. Most special, according to the judges, was a 1961 Borgward Isabella Coupe. 35 years ago, Karl Krumrey drove it from California to Manistique in “da UP,” as he calls it. Two years ago, he finally started his resto project and his handiwork took the “Best in Show” crystal trophy.

Congratulations to all our “Best in Show” winners, and thanks to the other 640 of you who have made DeutscheMarques America’s largest all-German car show!

Monday, July 15, 2024

Record Numbers at DM 12!

 Beautiful day at DM 12 this past Saturday.  It was packed! 646 German cars on the Gilmore grounds! We want to thank everyone who came out for the show and making it another success!

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Alien Car Care joins DM as the Entertainment Sponsor!


Alien Car Car has just joined Team DM as the sponsor of our outstanding German Oom-Pah Band. The band will stroll the parade grounds performing music that makes the cars happy.

Thanks for supporting DeutscheMarques, and welcome to the team!

Saturday, July 6, 2024

Updated FAQ!


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the DeutscheMarques German car show?

It’s the largest all-German car show in the United States, generally held on the first Saturday following the Fourth of July. The inaugural show was in 2012 and every show has been larger than the last. DeutscheMarques next show will be Saturday, July 13, 2024 and over 600 cars are expected (fingers crossed for good weather!).

Where is DeutscheMarques held?

The Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 W. Hickory Rd, Hickory Corners, MI 49060, in Southwestern Michigan near Kalamazoo. It’s one of the top automotive museums in the country with hundreds of cars on display in seven separate museums on a park-like campus. More information about Gilmore Car Museum may be found at

What are the car show hours?

Show cars may enter starting at 8:00 AM. The gate closes sharply at 12:00. No exceptions. Guests are invited to arrive starting at 9:00 AM. The event ends around 3:00 PM following an awards ceremony. Awards will be given in six marque classes.

How much does it cost?

Entry into the Gilmore Car Museum is $20 for a show car, driver and one passenger. Each extra passenger is at regular museum rates. The show is presented by Garage Kept Motors and our Exclusive Marque Sponsors, Sharpe BMW and Spring Valley Motors. Platinum Sponsors include AG Products, Fresh Coast Auto Detail and Euro AutoWerks. Supporting sponsors include Bob & Kay’s Auto Wash, Foreign Car Services, Enthusiasts Choice Detail Studio, German Auto Service, SW MI Paintless Dent Repair.

Will there be food?

Yes, and beverages, too! German food, German beer and German wine will be available along with other food items. There’s even an authentic 1941 diner, The Blue Moon Cafe, serving food.

What cars can I bring to the DeutscheMarques German car show?

DeutscheMarques identifies a German car as “Any automobile manufactured by a recognized German marque.” The name DeutscheMarques literally means “German Car Brands.” In this age of globalization, some BMWs, for example, are made in South Carolina and exported around the world. Some Volkswagens are made in Mexico. For our show, they are all the products of German brands, or marques and qualify as show cars.

MINI, for example, is *owned* by BMW, as is Bentley, but they are both British brands, and very welcome at Mad Dogs & Englishmen British Car Faire the day after DeutscheMarques, also at the Gilmore Car Museum.

We give awards in separate classes to Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Volkswagen cars, along with Other German Brands like Opel, Maybach, Tribant, Merkur, Wartburg and others.

What if it might rain?

DeutscheMarques will be held rain or shine. There is no rain date. We realize some of these cars are made of sugar and might melt. Seriously, we understand a reluctance to show if bad weather is predicted. In fact, in 2023 we were expecting over 600 cars. Afternoon thunderstorms were predicted, with the possibility of hail. It turned out we just got a LOT of rain. And only 586 cars, still a new record. You can always come in the morning, and leave early if weather threatens. Just remember - you must be present to win any awards.

Can I show my German motorcycle?

DeutscheMarques is a car show, not a motorcycle show. A motorcycle with a sidecar does have four wheels but remains a motorcycle with a sidecar. Please check the Gilmore Car Museum website for motorcycle events.

How do I pronounce DeutscheMarques?

It sounds just like the old German currency before the Euro, say, “Doy-ch-Marx”

I own just a regular German car, can I bring it to the show?

Yes! DeutscheMarques says every German car is a show car! This is a fun family event for everyday cars as well as weekend treasures and those rare, restored classics. We give out up to 10 awards in each of the five marque classes, including awards for Daily Drivers and Survivors with the highest mileage/oldest model year. This event is fun for everyone. If you show a car, your museum entry fee covers two people, so it’s cheaper to participate in the show than to park your German car in the museum lot.

Do I have to preregister to show my car?

It’s not required, but very helpful. Preregistered cars have all of their show material printed and waiting for them upon arrival at their marque’s registration table. Preregistration also enters car owners into a drawing to win gas money gift cards. As with all awards, you must be present to win. Registration the morning of the show is also very welcome and convenient.

Where will I park at the car show?

You will be guided to park with other cars of the same marque. Many members of car clubs like the Audi Club of America, The BMW Car Club of America, The Mercedes-Benz Club of America, The Porsche Club of America will often arrive together and park together. Parking maps will be available online before each show. If you want to park next to a friend, you need to arrive at the gate together. We do not reserve parking places.

I will be trailering my car to the show. Where do I park my trailer?

As you drive south through the Gilmore Car Museum parking lot, just to the east of the entry gate (by the Model A museum) is an area to unload vehicles and park trailers.

If you can’t drive your car, you can bring the trailer through the gate onto the show grounds at 8:00 AM and unload and move your tow vehicle and trailer back outside the gate. We ask you to be there to unload early because traffic really starts to back up.

Can I sell my car at the show?

DeutscheMarques is a car show, not a used car lot. Because our sponsors, several of whom are marque dealers, pay thousands of dollars to create the DeutscheMarques car show each year, they retain the sole rights to display cars for sale. Please do not display a ‘For Sale’ sign on your car or add commercial advertising, as it will be removed from the show field.

I have a great idea for the next show…I’d like to sponsor the show...I’d like to volunteer to help put the show on. How do I contact the organizers?

Great! All of the work before and during the DeutscheMarques is done by volunteers, and your ideas and help are most welcome. Our primary mission is to support the Gilmore Car Museum. Please contact us via email at


Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Live Auction at DM 12!

 Something else that’s new at DeutscheMarques this year: A live auction that ends during the show.

Presented by our title sponsor, Garage Kept Motors LLC, this beautiful 1992 Volkswagen Passat GL represents a carefully curated blend of classic styling and modern performance enhancements, making it an appealing choice for enthusiasts seeking a distinctive and spirited driving experience.
The auction will go live on Bring A Trailer soon, and will end during DM12!