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 weekend of February.
Since 1980, KAARC has also sponsored the Red Barns Spectacular Car Show. The show gets its name from the red barns at the Gilmore Car Museum, a 90-acre campus 20 miles northeast of Kalamazoo in Hickory Corners, Michigan. Held the first Saturday of August and referred to as the “Grand Daddy’s of all car shows, this antique, classic and special interest car show is one of the oldest and largest car shows and swap meets in Great Lakes area featuring over 1,200 vehicles.
“Kosciusko County is honored that KAARC has chosen us for their annual overnight tour adventure this year,” said Mary Kittrell, executive director of Kosciusko County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Leisure communities like Kosciusko rely on tourism for tax revenue, employment and the benefits these bring to our county. Travel and tourism plays a key role in a successful and prosperous economy. With tours like these, the Kosciusko CVB hopes to raise awareness and showcase why travel matters.”
Please join our travel industry employees, members and partners making KAARC feel welcome and an Indiana destination they’ll want to cruise back to!