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Daily Briefing: New Saratoga exhibit celebrates female automotive pioneers; “Red Barns Spectacular” returns to Gilmore

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Race car driver Joan Newton Cuneo. Photo courtesy of the Saratoga Automobile Museum’s Facebook page.

To honor the upcoming 100th anniversary of American women gaining the right to vote, the Saratoga Automobile Museum will celebrate female pioneers of the automotive world with a new exhibit.

Titled “Wheels: Woman & Independence 1900-1920,” the exhibit tells the stories of seven female car enthusiasts who lived and drove between 1900 and 1920 and the independence their automobiles afforded them. While the car world has long been male-dominated, in the early 1900s it was especially so; women counted for “less than 10 percent of licensed drivers.” In addition to the profiles of the influential figures, the exhibit will also provide guests with the history of the automobile’s role in the suffrage movement.

All of the women included in the exhibit have ties to New York State, either having lived there or having traversed the state by car. Among those featured are activist Izetta Jewel Kenney Brown Miller and race car driver Joan Newton Cuneo.

The exhibit opened on July 16 at the Saratoga Automobile Museum in Saratoga Springs, New York. For more information, visit


Photo courtesy of the Red Barns Spectacular’s Facebook page.

For the 39th time, the annual Red Barns Spectacular car show offers enthusiasts two shows, a “Judged” show and a “Driver’s Choice” show, in one day. The featured vehicle of the 2019 show is the Pontiac Firebird Trans Ams, in celebration of the model’s 50th anniversary.

Presented by the Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restorers Club, the “Spectacular” is held on the grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum, its iconic red barns the namesake of the event. Any vehicle more than 25 years old is welcome to participate, including cars, trucks, campers, trailers, and even boats. Attendees can also expect to see vintage bicycles and participate in an eight-acre swap meet full of classic car parts, tools, and memorabilia. The Gilmore Museum’s buildings will be open for guests to explore as well. Previous years have seen as many as 1500 cars in attendance, with model years ranging from 1896 to 1994.

The event acts as a fundraiser for the Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restorers Club, and last year, it enabled the club to donate more than “$6,000 in tools and scholarships” to local automotive mechanics students.

The Red Barns Spectacular is planned for August 3 at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan. For more information, visit