The Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restorers Club was organized by John Bailey in
1962. The early meetings were characterized by the exchange of auto parts and
The Mission of the Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restorers Club, a family oriented
regional organization, is to preserve the restoration and preservation of
antique, veteran, and collector automobiles, and by its activity and fellowship,
to promote appreciation and understanding of the history of the motor vehicle.
Ownership of an antique, veteran, or collector automobile is not a requirement
In 1963, the club members organized their first swap meet at the corner of
Westnedge and Michigan Avenue in Kalamazoo. The following year, they expanded to
the Engel VW Dealership at Crosstown and Vine Streets. Today the swap meet has
grown to the largest of its kind, covering over 52,000 square feet, now held
annually at the Kalamazoo Expo and Fairgrounds on the first week-end of February
In 1967, Norm Knight decided to publish a monthly newsletter, which he named the
Arc N Spark. Read by car enthusiasts across the country, the Arc N Spark has won
many “Golden Quill Award’s” from Old Cars Weekly. Recent copies of the Arc N
Spark may be found by clicking here.
Since 1980, the club has sponsored the Red Barns Spectacular Car Show. This car
show and swap meet, held the first Saturday of August, gets its name from the
red barns at the Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners, Michigan. Once again, the
purpose was to fulfill the club’s mission of preserving antique cars and
recognizing restorations of quality.
The club celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2012. Please join us on the journey
towards 100. We always welcome car enthusiasts. You do not need to own a vintage
car….but you do need to be able to talk cars, and cars, and more CARS! Come meet
a great group of people. The coffee is always hot at our monthly meetings.
JOINING OUR CLUB IS EASY. Just complete the membership application and pay your dues. We are now
meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of most months at the ZION Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2122 Bronson Blvd. Kalamazoo Mi..