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Indiana has some special auto events this fall.

Duesenberg on the Courthouse Square
Duesenberg on the Courthouse Square

The 60th Anniversary Annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival is on August 28 thru September 5. Auctions America is busy preparing for its flagship Auburn Fall Collector Car Weekend, August 31 – September 4 at Indiana’s historic Auburn Auction Park. A Labor Day tradition spanning more than 45 years, the multi-day event coincides with the world-famous Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, making for an ultimate celebration of the collector car hobby. On Saturday, September 3, ACD Club members from around the world drive their magnificent classic cars through the streets of Auburn with review at the Courthouse Square. These beautifully-painted, chrome-laden Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs are sights you will not want to miss. After the parade, these classics are parked around the Courthouse Square for your viewing pleasure. What a great opportunity to get a close-up view and chat with the owners! Of course, you should stop by the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, the National Automobile and Truck Museum, and the Early Ford V8 Foundation Museum to see the special cars for this event.

1923 Haynes Sports Sedan
1923 Haynes Sports Sedan

Kokomo Salutes Indiana’s Automotive Heritage on September 5-11, 2016. The festivities start on September 5-8 with the Hoosier Heritage Bicentennial Driving Tour: Northern & Southern Auto Tours for early domestic and un-modified cars built up to 1976, with a priority given to Indiana-built cars. On Saturday, September 10, four auto shows will be in Highland Park – The Haynes-Apperson Reunion, CCCA Grand Classic, Grand Stutz, and Mighty Marmon Motor Muster. The Grand Bicentennial Motor Muster is on Sunday, September 11. It features Indiana-built cars from 1894 and special interest domestic cars through 1976 in Jackson-Morrow Park. Mark your calendars and register your car for these various events. For more information about the Hoosier Heritage Bicentennial Driving Tour, the Grand Bicentennial Motor Muster. or the Haynes-Apperson Reunion, contact event chairman Jeff Shively Tuesday thru Friday from 10-4pm, at (765) 454-9999 or email at jeffreyshively1965@gmail.com.

1931 Marmon Sixteen
1931 Marmon Sixteen

Festival of Machines is on September 17 & 18, 10-5 pm at Connor Prairie. A select group of concours quality classic cars will be showcased throughout this two-day festival. View these beautiful machines up close and learn the unique story behind each one. This is one of the better car festivals in Central Indiana.

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What Everybody Ought to Know about Auto Advertising in the 1910’s

Auto advertising promoting a certain lifestyle came on the scene in the mid 1910’s. A lifestyle illustration portrays the message while the ad copy plays a lessor role.

1912 Inter-State ad
1912 Inter-State ad
Copyright © 2012 Dennis E. Horvath

In the early 1910’s, we see a transition to retouched photographs for illustration. Inter-State Automobile Company’s July 1912 Cosmopolitan Magazine ad shouted, “The Automobile for Women. Inter-State starts and obeys the will of the woman driver as readily, as simply as an electric coupe.” The copy regarding the self-contained tire pump proclaims, “Any woman can attach the valve to the tire, turn on the pump and in a few minutes have tires just as solid and as perfectly filled as if done by the greatest tire expert in the world.” The retouched photographs portray women using these new features.

1916 Pathfinder ad
1916 Pathfinder ad
Copyright © 2012 Dennis E. Horvath

An elegant line illustration promoted the ambiance of women going to the country club in a Pathfinder ad from 1916. The copy read, “A great deal more than money is involved in the purchase of a Pathfinder. Love of luxury and beauty, cultivated taste and keen appreciation of what is best in motor car construction are important factors in the equation.” Car description and pricing are downplayed with eight point type.

1918 Haynes ad
1918 Haynes ad
Copyright © 2012 Dennis E. Horvath

An August 1918 Haynes ad proclaimed, “Haynes Stability.” The copy talked about Haynes’ Silver Anniversary of motor car building. The illustration portrayed seven fashionably dressed women in a touring car at the beach.

1919 Apperson ad
1919 Apperson ad
Copyright © 2012 Dennis E. Horvath

The Apperson 8 is announced as, “The Eight with Eighty Less Parts” in 1919. “For the owner who considers his car something more than a mere conveyance, who demands that in color, line and appointments it reflects a patrician taste – the Apperson 8,” read the copy. The illustration showed a chauffeur waiting as the lady of the house is assisted with her coat before going out for the evening.

These early auto advertisements demonstrate the evolution of advertising in the early part of the twentieth century. They move on from a product emphasis to promoting a lifestyle.

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Kokomo Salutes Indiana’s Automotive Heritage 1894-1964

Kokomo Salutes Indiana's Automotive Heritage 1984-1964

The folks at the Kokomo Automotive Museum have put together an outstanding Indiana Bicentennial celebration titled “Kokomo Salutes Indiana’s Automotive Heritage 1894-1964.” This series of events take place September 5-11, 2016, and provide numerous ways to experience our automotive heritage.

Driving Tours

Endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, the “Hoosier Heritage Bicentennial Driving Tour” travels Indiana on September 5-8 from South Bend to the Ohio River, Richmond to Terre Haute, and everywhere in between. Join the pre-1966 cars on one of two statewide driving tours. Explore historical and automotive sites and enjoy a variety of great Hoosier cuisine. All driving tours will depart from the Kokomo Automotive Museum. Registration is required.
Or just explore Kokomo on September 5-8, and get to know the “City of Firsts” like never before. Stops include the Elwood Haynes Museum and Howard County Historical Society.

Car Shows

The public is invited to view rare and beautiful cars on September 10, from 11am to 3pm to experience Kokomo’s automotive heritage firsthand in Highland Park at these events: “Indiana Grand Classic” Enjoy 50 Full Classic automobiles from the Classic Era, 1915 -1948. “Haynes-Apperson Reunion” See up to 50 Kokomo-built cars return home to the “City of Firsts.” “Grand Stutz” national meet celebrates the “Car that made good in a day”. “Mighty Marmon Muster” experience the “Luxury, Speed, and Technology” of Marmon motor cars.

Grand Indiana Bicentennial Motor Muster

Don’t miss the capstone event on September 11, 2016, in Jackson Morrow Park, featuring rare Indiana-built cars from Auburn to Zimmerman and special interest cars through 1966 in a beautiful park setting. Free admission.
I encourage everyone interested in Indiana’s car culture to set aside these dates to experience Indiana autos at this event endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.

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Is this an automotive first?

While arranging my literature collection I came across three articles noting items that may be automotive firsts. It is interesting to look at these innovations from 100 years ago and note that similar recent innovations may be old hat.

1912 Henderson driver’s area
1912 Henderson driver’s area

The Henderson Motor Car was introduced on May 30, 1912, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and featured a console-mounted gear-shift between the front seat cushions. I remember console-mounted gear-shifts from the early 1950’s, but the Henderson unit predates this by 40 years. This gear-shift uses the familiar H pattern to control a Stutz Auto Parts Company rear transaxle unit. Henderson claimed that the convenient location of the lever, together with the short movement necessary, made gear-shifting very easy. This also helped to unclutter the driver’s area.

1916 Apperson “Chummy”ad
1916 Apperson “Chummy”ad

The 1916 Apperson “Chummy” four-passenger roadster offered exclusive seating for four in a sleek sporty style. This unique feature also predates four-seat mid-century sports cars. Apperson ad copy states: “Graceful in line, long, and low, the Chummy Roadster has a rakish swing and an aggressive air. It seems alive with ‘pent-up’ eagerness to go. It is a type of car to delight the sportsman who demands power and speed above all else.” The roadster’s separate front seats are divided by an aisle-way giving access to the rear bench-seat. Wouldn’t this seating arrangement be chummy today?

1917 Overland
1917 Overland

I thought voice-activated automotive controls were a recent development. How about this instance of a voice-activated starter on a 1917 Overland Automobile at the Gibson Company in Indianapolis? The photo caption explained “J. C. Harris, manager of the service department, has used a very sensitive telephone transmitter and a series of relays in such a way that when one speaks into the transmitter sufficient energy is developed to operate the regular starting apparatus. As a result, when one says ‘Start’ into the transmitter the engine starts, and when he says ‘Stop’ the engine stops.” Check out the wiring running across the floor from the control relays to the automobile. I guess the modern-day packaging of electronics makes this possible today.

One thing I especially enjoy about early auto advertisements is their outlandish claims to sell products. We can look at these early advertisements and get some idea of how advertising transformed through the years. These automotive firsts are commonplace today but were innovative in their day.

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Celebrating Indiana Car Culture in 2016

There are a number of ways to Celebrate Indiana Car Culture in 2016 during the Indiana’s Bicentennial Celebration.

The folks at the Kokomo Automotive Museum (KAM) are presenting Kokomo Salutes Indiana’s Automotive Heritage 1894-1964 in September 5-11, 2016. It starts off with the “Hoosier Heritage Bicentennial Driving Tour” on September 5-8, followed by the “2016 Grand STuTZ” – Celebrate the “Car that made good in a day” – September 7-11, “Indiana Grand Classic”- Enjoy 50 Full Classic automobiles from motoring’s grandest era – September 8-10, “Haynes-Apperson Reunion”- See up to 50 Kokomo-built cars return to the “City of Firsts” – September 9-10, and the “Grand Indiana Bicentennial Motor Muster” See rare Indiana-built cars mingled with fine Full Classics and Milestone quality machines in a rolling park setting – September 11. This is a great selection of events for auto hobbyists.

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Currently the “Hoosier Made-World Driven” exhibit is being hosted by three of Indiana’s leading transportation museums through October 3, 2016. This three part exhibit displays Indiana’s contribution to the evolution of the automobile from the 1890s to the 1930s. The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, Kokomo Automotive Museum, and Studebaker National Museum are partnering in this must see exhibit. The Studebaker National Museum features the “Brass Era” (c. 1900-1915); the Kokomo Automotive Heritage Museum showcases the “Jazz Era” of the late ‘teens and early 1920s; and the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum spotlights “Classic” cars of the 1930s “Classic Era”.

So, what other types of events and projects might involve the public at large and develop additional auto heritage resources?

One item might be tours of factory sites, auto pioneer homes, and other auto sites. KAM is doing this for Kokomo, and we have developed such a tour for these sites in Indianapolis. Perhaps other towns like Auburn, South Bend, and Richmond could do the same.

Another item might be developing experiential events with vintage cars. For instance the Model T Ford Museum in Richmond could host a demonstration of starting and operating one of its cars. One of the other auto museums could host an event featuring automotive styling through the years.

Another institution could create a repository of automotive artifacts for researchers and the general public. This collection might include books and videos featuring Indiana’s automotive heritage. Another collection might feature online resources to engage new automotive enthusiasts. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will celebrate the 100th running of the 500 this year, so maybe they will create a resource to celebrate that ties racing into the development of automobiles.

What thoughts do you have on celebrating Indiana’s car culture during the Bicentennial celebration in 2016? Let’s share our automotive heritage with future generations. I encourage you to jump in your favorite ride and “Hit the Highway to History.”

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