The VerHage collection began in 1969 when a ‘29 Plymouth was traded in on a new ’69 Plymouth Fury III convertible at our then Chrysler Plymouth franchised dealership. The ensuing MOPARS added in the early years were stored in the garages of various rental properties owned by Lloyd VerHage near the dealership. In 1982 the collection outgrew this arrangement and a new 50’ by 64’ metal pole building was built that held a dozen cars comfortably along with some space for detailing and reconditioning. By 1990 the VerHage collection had outgrown this structure, requiring some storage in other locations as the collection continued to expand. The larger museum was built in early 2007 to display the collection of 30 plus MOPARS and in 2014 it was sold to Holland BPW for their new energy park. In late 2014 VerHage expanded the original 50’ by 64’ pole building to 100’ by 64’ to accommodate the 30+ MOPARS in the collection.
The VerHage MOPAR Museum car show event has had a variety of special guests and vehicles over the years including Galen Govier in 2012 and the Silver Bullet ’67 GTX of Jimmy Addison (owned by Harold Sullivan) in 2005. In March of 2006, VerHage sold a vehicle from their collection, a ’34 Air Flow CX, to comedian Jay Leno which now is on display in Jay Leno’s garage. See www.JayLenosGarage.com for more info.
The 21st annual VerHage Motors Show & Cruise is co-sponsored by the Forever MOPAR Car Club and Vintage Car Club of Holland. The show is Friday night September 25th, 2015 starting at 4:30 and is open to all makes and models. The Holland Rescue Mission and Solid Rock Ministries will be the charities supported for 2015.