Exhibits-Events

Our exhibits and events calendar
lists premiere auto related offerings
around Indiana.
I believe one of the best ways to experience Indiana automotive history is by visiting exhibits and events. My first exposure to collectible cars was the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival over Labor Day weekend. After visiting the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum, seeing the Parade of Classics, perusing the cars around the Courthouse square, and going to the auction, I was hooked for life. In fact, if you want to experience it all in one full day, do it just as I did. Visit all four places on Saturday of Labor Day weekend. Now, I take it at a slower pace, and spread it out over two or three days.

This page is my attempt to share what I feel are some of the state’s premiere exhibits and events.

Before visiting any of these listings,
I suggest you contact the listing Web site
or the respective county Convention and Visitors Bureau
to verify the details.

Are high prices and the slumping economy keeping you from traveling?
I invite you to visit an Indiana auto museum and save money.

The recent economic troubles are just another indicator of how hard American travelers are getting hit financially. Indiana has over 12 museums or collections that have some automotive emphasis. For those living in or near Indiana, I invite you to visit one or several of the state’s auto museums and save money.

“With so many people traveling across the country to visit the museum, we hear many comments about higher prices and how it affects our visitors,” Gran Roberts, marketing director at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum notes. [more]

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Ray Skillman Classic Cars is a great place for a car club event.

If your car club is in central Indiana, or will be visiting the area, consider holding an event at Ray Skillman Classic Cars in Greenwood, Indiana.

A couple of months ago, the White River Valley Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America visited Skillman’s facility and was impressed with the collection of cars mostly from the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s. [more]

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Are you looking for a web site for Indiana Car Shows and Cruise-ins?

Visit www.OldCarsOnly.com, it’s a useful site.

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Mecum’s Original Spring Classic Auction

May – Third Wednesday through Sunday, Indianapolis, Mecum’s Original Spring Classic Auction at the Indiana Staate Fairgrounds. This event includes the auction featuring over 1,000 collector cars and a merchandise area. For additional information, visit the event Web site.

The Annual Mecum’s Original Spring Classic Auction in Indianapolis is one of the “must attend” collectible car auctions in the country. This year’s event featured over 1,000 cars and 300 neon signs exhibited in five connected buildings at the Indiana State Fairgrounds that allowed visitors to peruse the offerings without worrying about the weather.

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Auburn Spring Motorfair

May – Second Thursday thru Sunday, Auburn, Spring Motorfair at the Auction Park. Anchoring the event is the auction featuring over 1,000 collector cars, swap meet, and a car corral. For additional information, visit the event.

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Haynes Apperson Festival

Weekend of or proceeding July 4, Kokomo, Haynes Apperson Festival on the courthouse square. This event celebrates the city’s automotive heritage with a car show, cruise in, parade, concerts, fireworks display, food, carnival rides, and more. For more information, visit the event Web site.

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Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival

Labor Day weekend – Thursday thru Monday, Auburn, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival takes place at various venues throughout town. Family Fun with the Parade of Classics, cruise in, antique shows, flea market, food, and more.

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Auburn Fall Car Auction

Labor Day weekend – Thursday thru Tuesday, Auburn, Fall Car Auction at the Auction Park. The marquee event billed as “The World’s First & Largest Car Auction” features over 5,000 collector cars, a swap meet, and a car corral. If this event doesn’t get you excited, then you better call an ambulance!

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Newport Antique Auto Hill Climb

October – First Friday thru Sunday, Newport, Antique Auto Hill Climb on Courthouse Square. The hill climb features more than 200 competing antique autos, a car show, an auto auction, a swap meet, entertainment, and food. For additional information, visit the event Web site.

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