My vote for the best automotive festival hands down, is the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival over Labor Day Weekend in Auburn, Indiana. Events start on the Sunday preceding Labor Day weekend and continue through the following Sunday.
My first exposure to the ACD Festival was over 40 years ago when we attended the auction and swap meet. All of the festivities almost overloaded my budding automotive enthusiasm. Indiana’s automotive marvels were everywhere I looked.
The festival started over 60 years ago as an annual gathering of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club and morphed into one of the largest gatherings of car-crazy enthusiasts on the planet. Festival events kick off with the annual ACD Annual Garage Cruise on Sunday August 28th. The Annual ACD Festival Hoosier Tour is on Tuesday, August 30th through Thursday. Events planned for Thursday, September 1st, include the Kick-Off Luncheon and the Annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum Benefit Extravaganza. Friday continues the fun with a Pancake Breakfast, ACD Club Swap Meet, Vintage Treasure Sale, Ice Cream Social, and the Downtown Cruise-in.
“The Parade of Classics,” is one of the premiere festival events in my opinion. This is when nearly 300 cars from the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club drive through Auburn from Eckhart Park up Jackson Street to Courthouse Square at 1:00 pm on Saturday, September 3rd. ACD Club members from around the world drive their magnificent classic cars through the streets of Auburn. These beautifully painted, chrome-laden Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs are a sight you’ll want to see. After the parade, these classics are parked around the Courthouse Square for your viewing pleasure. If you can only do one thing over the weekend, the parade is my pick. Other Saturday options include the 5K Run, and the Gatsby Gala Ball.
Some Sunday events are the Annual Arts and Crafts Show, and Auburn Historic Tour.
Bookending the festival is the Auctions America Auburn Fall Collector Car Weekend starting on the Wednesday before Labor Day. This event features hundreds of cars that range from one-of-a-kind models to daily drivers. If you are looking for auction bargains, show-up early on Wednesday because the interest builds towards Sunday.
I’ve been to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival numerous times and always find new events to enjoy. Plus, there are events for those interested in things other than automobiles. It’s a great weekend for the whole family. I invite you to check it out.
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