The small town of Shipshewana, Indiana is home to the most incredible collection of Hudson automobiles in the world. Eldon Hostetler started the museum just a few years before his death at age 93 earlier this year. Racers, including several in Hudsons, will make a quick pit stop at the museum during the morning.
The theme of great car museums on the 2017 Great Race continues as the event rolls into the state of Michigan with a lunch stop at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan. The Gilmore also has a youth program and they will have an X-Cup team in the race for the first time. Racers will have some extra time to stroll the grounds of the Gilmore to see the varied collections from Model As to Cadillacs to Lincolns.
Known in automotive circles as the town with the last Hudson dealership, Ypsilanti, Michigan has been a huge part of the industry for a century. It was home to Willow Run, the World War II production plant that produced the B-24 bomber. Willow Run later was where Corvairs were built. The last Hudson dealership is now the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum and it will be the site of the hosted dinner for racers. The last lunch stop on the 2012 Great Race was also hosted there.