DeutscheMarques 2017 in Review by Ignacio Villarmarzo-Solis and Michael Betz

Our sixth annual show set new records! Over 300 German cars from five states and thousands of visitors descended upon the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan (about 2.5 hours’ drive from both Chicago, IL and Detroit, MI) for the Sixth Annual DeutscheMarques car show on July 8, 2017. The weather could not have been more beautiful – mid-70s, low humidity and less than a 10% chance of rain. The Garage Queens came out in force, to set a new record, making DeutscheMarques the largest German car show in the Midwest!

As always, there were some spectacular vehicles in the field. A local collector provided three stunning late 50s/early 60s Mercedes-Benz’. But the show stopper was a 1965 Porsche 356 cabriolet once owned by Janis Joplin. This psychedelic vehicle attracted droves of people.

This year, we had two Opel’s join us in the “Other” category. They are talking about increasing their numbers. If they do, we’ll create an Opel category to join the Audi, BMW, Porsche, Mercedes, and Volkswagen marques.

Audi had a strong showing, almost doubling the brands participation versus 2016. In attendance were two R8’s, numerous “S” models and Coupe GT.

The Best in Show winners received beautiful crystal trophies and were cheered by an appreciative crowd. The coveted “Best in Show” crystal trophy was awarded to one car in each marque, with Best in Show Audi being awarded to Nathan Lantzy and his 2010 Audi S5