Monthly Archives: September 2016

Salute to the Antique Automobile Club of America

This is my salute to the Antique Automobile Club of America for their programs, shows, and publications.

The September/October 2016 issue of Antique Automobile emphasized my sentiments. One of my concerns for the AACA is nurturing interest in young members. The editor’s column “Two Young Guns” highlighted two youngsters who worked at the AACA Library this summer and then returned to their college studies. I also salute the AACA Scholarship Programs.

Auburn Speedster
Auburn Speedster at the
AACA Special Spring Meet

Each issue of Antique Automobile highlights three or four car restorations. I especially liked the 1928 Auburn 8-88 Speedster. Indiana-built cars have a special place for me. This particular speedster is an exquisite example. It’s Navajo Red and black paint job draws your attention. The photographs at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum further tell the story.

It is great to see that the nominees for the 2017 AACA Board of Directors support attracting younger members to our hobby. This is a concern for the AACA Regions and Chapters. I have seen that the failure to interest youngsters has been detrimental to the growth of the hobby.

Over the years I have attended the Annual Grand National Meet, the Eastern Fall Meet in Hershey, and the AACA Special Spring Meet in Auburn, Indiana. Auto shows like these provide a large spectrum of collectible cars. I enjoy cruising the show fields and viewing the different classes of cars. It is great to see the cars from across the country.

I encourage AACA to keep up their programs, shows, and publications to celebrate our automotive interests.

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Visit the Fayette County Historical Museum

One journalist nicknamed Connersville “Little Detroit of Indiana.” He based his opinion on the fact that, during the 1905-1941 timeframe, 13 cars were made in Connersville. The community was very much alive as an automotive center in the United States during that era.

1924 McFarlan town car
1924 McFarlan town car

Reflecting that history is an interesting collection of cars and automobilia at the Fayette County Historical Museum. On display are a 1870’s McFarlan carriage, three Lexington automobiles, a 1913 Empire, a 1930 Ford Model A, and a 1924 McFarlan Town Car.

1913 Empire
1913 Empire

The museum is open Sundays and Thursdays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., from April to early December. The address in 103 South Vine Street, Connersville, IN, 47331, and the phone number is 765.825.0946. If your car club is interested in visiting the museum on a different day, give them a call.

I believe every Indiana auto enthusiast should visit the Fayette County Historical Museum to become acquainted with Indiana automotive history.

Visit this blog for more information about Connersville automotive history.

Hoosier Tour has three national publication reviews

Hoosier Tour

Today we tend to take for granted the convenience of our road system.

We zip along interstates and four-lane highways at speeds carrying us 50-70 miles in about one hour. In 1913, a distance of 100 miles took nearly six to eight hours. Now our roads are generally well-marked, with signs denoting the distance between towns and the turns that take us in the right direction. In 1913, these signs were rare. Plus, although you may gripe about the pot holes forming every year in the street in front of your house, we have nicely paved byways that save on the car’s wear and tear. In 1913, motorists traveled a lot on gravel and dirt, which turned to mud during a rain storm.

In 1913, the inconvenience of our road system was obvious.

But, an intrepid group of Indiana auto makers saw what could be. They envisioned a national system of good roads that could tie the country from coast to coast. They only had to convince the rest of the country.

So, they embarked on a month-long trek from Indianapolis to Los Angeles to promote the Good Roads Movement as well as show that these Indiana-made cars had the stamina to make the trip. They traveled on some decent roads, some completed the night before they arrived, and some that presented some perilous twists.

Hoosier Tour examines how the 1913 Indiana Automobile Manufacturers’ Association Indiana-Pacific Tour helped generate interest for building roads, like the proposed Ocean-to-Ocean Rock Highway later to be known as the Lincoln Highway. At the time, the IAMA Tour was one of the longest continental tours attempted in the United States.

The book examines some of the day-to-day activities and travails as this band of auto pioneers headed west.

Peruse our three reviews at Hoosier Tour: A 1913 Indiana to Pacific Journey

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Hoosier Tour is one in a series of material by Publishing Resources designed for the auto aficionado. We started our journey with the publication of Cruise IN: A guide to Indiana’s automotive past and present. This publication led to other books and articles relating to car culture, including Indiana Cars: A History of the Automobile in Indiana.

Two automotive experiences

With fall just around the corner, I would like to offer two automotive experiences for your consideration.

I believe the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is one of America’s automotive treasures. This Car Crazy video of the Auburn museum is a great brochure. This clip distills the essence of the museum into a great video experience.

Anyone interested in collector cars has to visit the ACDAM in person. Even though the museum focuses on Indiana-build autos, it provides a great overview of the country’s golden automotive age. I’ve been there a number of times and still find something new each visit. If you plan to travel in the upper mid-west, I strongly encourage you to visit the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum.

If you enjoy touring along America’s two-lane highways like I do, I recommend traveling along the Lincoln Highway. The Lincoln Highway is the country’s first transcontinental highway running some 3,389 miles across 11 states from New York’s Times Square to Lincoln Park in San Francisco.

This historical documentary video developed by the Harrison County Welcome Center outside of Missouri Valley, Iowa, provides a glimpse of this great road. Highway travel 100 years ago was quite perilous with most inter-city roads being unimproved.

Indianapolis native, Carl G. Fisher proposed building a coast-to-coast rock highway in the fall of 1912, and America’s lifestyle has never been the same. Even though most the sections of the Lincoln Highway have been bypassed by the Eisenhower Interstate System, travel today along the route provides an excellent experience of a bygone era.

Efforts by the Lincoln Highway Association and other entities have marked the route and provided other interpretive resources to ensure today’s travelers are able to encounter this automotive icon. Some enthusiasts have traveled the Lincoln end-to-end in one trip. Others like me, check it out in sections, one-at-a-time.

If you are looking for an automotive double-hitter, why not check out the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum and then drive about 30 miles south to Fort Wayne and start your trek west across the Lincoln Highway in Indiana to Dyer.

I invite you to check these two automotive experiences.

Check out the review of Terri Horvath’s Cruise-in Crosswords and Word Jumbles

Check out the review of Terri Horvath’s Cruise-in Crosswords and Word Jumbles from Hemmings Classic Car May 2013.

Cruise IN Crosswords cover
Cruise-IN-crosswords

Researchers keep telling us that we should exercise our brains to retain our mental acuity as we age. If you’re an automotive enthusiast (and we know you are, because you’re reading this magazine), you’ll find Terri Horvath’s Cruise-in Crosswords and Word Jumbles to be the perfect mental exercise. This large-print, 91 page softcover features 54 word puzzles that focus on auto-related themes; it will test your car industry knowledge, as well as your puzzle-solving skills. Cleverly conceived crossword puzzles feature several auto-related clues, while Word Jumbles answers are horizontal, vertical and diagonal. Also available Cruise-in Crosswords and Word Jumbles 2. Both cost $9.99 each.

Cruise IN Crosswords 2 cover
Cruise-IN-2-crossword

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