Some London Lincoln enthusiasts will take part in the opening of a special Lincoln museum this weekend.
Tim Wilson, a long-time Lincoln collector and a local business owner, will attend the Gilmore Museum unveiling of the Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum on Saturday, Aug. 9. The dedication ceremony is set for 5 p.m. on the Hickory Corners campus.
Kevin Lohr, Wilson’s partner, and Bryan and Cindy Shoemaker, friends, will accompany him for the trip. The caravan set out early Thursday morning for the site in southwest Michigan, northeast of Kalamazoo.
They are driving three of Wilson’s four Lincolns: Two ’61 Lincoln Continentals and a ’96 Town Car. The fourth, an award-winning ’64 Continental sedan, rides in a trailer behind a diesel-powered heavy-duty pickup.
Wilson has plotted a leisurely route using non-interstate roadways, and of course, using a portion of the Lincoln Highway (U.S. Route 30 through Ohio and Indiana).
The Shoemakers, long-time friends of Wilson, eagerly stepped up when the call went out for shuttle drivers. They ride literally in the lap of luxury, leather seats and all.
Wilson said their plan is to attend the banquet and the dedication, but otherwise keep the visit relaxed.
The all-new museum, designed to resemble a Lincoln dealership from years past, was built by the Lincoln Motor Car Foundation, which was established in 1999. It is comprised of members of various national Lincoln Clubs and retired Ford Motor Company executives whose goal is to sustain the Lincoln living legacy. The dealership from which it takes its facade is the P.J. Platte Lincoln dealership, which was built in the early 1920s at 3700 Jefferson Ave., Detroit.
The building will contain 20 automobiles some of which are unique: a one-off 1939 Lincoln K convertible built especially for the U.S. tour of the king and queen of England; an unrestored, original ’55 Lincoln Continental Mk II and a 1928 Lincoln with Judkins Berline coachwork, which won an award at Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance.
Dean Shipley can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1617 or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.