Car Lovers Weekend!

Gilmore Heritage Auto Show on the Market Plaza

The Gilmore Heritage Auto Show at Farmers Market on Saturday, June 7, 2014 will be a triple anniversary extravaganza.  The show, Mustangs at The Market, features a stable of Mustangs to celebrate that storied pony car’s 50th anniversary.  It also marks the show’s 20th year and launches a number of summer activities celebrating Farmers Market’s 80th birthday.  There will be more than 100 vintage and classic American cars on display on the Market Plaza and Gilmore Lane from 11 am to 5 pm.  The Gilmore Heritage Auto Show is free.

The salute to the Ford Mustang coincides with the release of the 2015 Mustang, the 50th anniversary model.  Among the featured cars at the Gilmore Heritage Auto Show will be original Mustangs from the inaugural 1965 model year (officially 1964½), a pristine 1967 Shelby Mustang GT350 and convertibles, Mach 1s and 2+2s.  The show even features what may be the most popular rental car ever, a 1965 Hertz Rental Mustang Fastback.  In all, more than a dozen classic Mustangs will be on display.

Two different types of “show” cars will also be featured at the Gilmore Heritage Auto Show. The 1963 “suicide door” Lincoln Continental which was the ride of choice and the centerpiece of the opening sequence in HBO’s Entourage.  Its appearance is notably fitting because a critical last season episode of Entourage was filmed in part on Farmers Market’s East Patio.  The other “show” car will be Jayne Mansfield’s superb 1957 Lincoln Premier.  A pink beauty, the Mansfield car is a perfect example of highly stylish, handsomely fin-essed 1950s car design.

The 2014 Gilmore Heritage Auto Show will exhibit classics from at least 1931 to 1972.  Among the cars on display will be a ‘47 Packard Super Clipper, a ’55 De Soto Coronado, a ’57 Chevrolet Bel Air,  a ’63 Studebaker Avanti, a ’65 Corvette Stingray and a ’69 AMC AMX.  One of the show’s most popular vehicles, especially with youngsters, will return – a 1932 Ahrens Fox Model V Firetruck.

The Gilmore Heritage Auto Show was created 20 years ago to celebrate the colorful history of cars and the Farmers Market property at 3rd & Fairfax.  Before the Market arrived at Third & Fairfax in 1934, the Gilmore family operated a thriving dairy farm and, with the discovery of oil on the property, the Gilmore Oil Company.  Gilmore petroleum products helped pave the West and Gilmore Blu-Green and Red Lion gas powered the arrival of the automobile age in Southern California.  Along the way, the Gilmores sponsored Indy racers, a record setting land speed car, a barnstorming pilot and, on the current Farmers Market site, midget car racing at Gilmore Stadium in the ‘30s, ‘40s and early ‘50s.

Complete information about the Gilmore Heritage Auto Show at Farmers Market is available at www.farmersmarketla.com or at 323-933-9211.

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