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My vote for the best automotive festival

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.

1928 Auburn Speedster
1928 Auburn Speedster
Copyright © 2014 Dennis E. Horvath

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.

1936 Cord sedan
1936 Cord sedan
Copyright © 2008 Dennis E. Horvath

“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.

1933 Duesenberg La Grande
1933 Duesenberg La Grande
Copyright © 2008 Dennis E. Horvath

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.

For more information on our automotive heritage follow this link.

Sharing our automotive heritage with future generations

Once, while riding along on a club tour of southern Indiana country side, the discussion turned to the need to get younger people involved in the old car hobby.

Carl Fisher’s 1914 Packard roadster
Carl Fisher’s 1914 Packard roadster

Car shows and tours are great ways to nurture this involvement because:
• they are an affordable form of entertainment;
• they are a great way to share our interest in the old car hobby; and
• they foster an appreciation for the practice and enjoyment of technical skills in working on cars.

When talking about looking for affordable forms of entertainment, car shows and tours are winners. Many car shows and tours feature low cost or free admission for adults and free admission for children. In fact, the only cost for many club tours is lunch and fuel for our beloved steeds. What a great way to spend part of a day cruising on local two-lane roads taking in the passing scenery! Everyone involved feels this is relaxing. No computers or game consoles involved. Just you and Mother Nature.

Car shows and tours are also a great venue for sharing of our car culture. One item I particularly enjoy about some of our club activities is the sharing of various aspects of the car restoration process by our multi-generation members. One of our members discussed the wood-working techniques he was using to restore a 1916 Buick roadster. It was looking back in time to the skills and crafts of another era.

1933 Marmon Sixteen Coupe
1933 Marmon Sixteen Coupe

This discussion evolved to how car shows and tours can foster an appreciation for the value of the practice and enjoyment of the technical skills in working on cars for younger people. Many individuals derive satisfaction and compensation from the manual arts.

I believe it is time to pass on some of this appreciation to youth and get them involved in our great hobby. So, the next time you are heading out to car show or tour, take a child or a grandchild with you to continue sharing our automotive heritage with future generations.

For more information on our automotive heritage follow this link.

What is the best car show?

We are now well into car show and swap meet season, and I have wondered about my recommendation for the best car show.

Being born in the central Indiana, I have to admit my car show exposure primarily covers Indiana and neighboring states. My experience may be limited, but I believe there are some great car shows in the area.

Auburn Speedster
Auburn Speedster at the
AACA Special Spring Meet

The Indiana action begins in May with the Auburn Spring Collector Car Auction and the AACA Special Spring Meet in Auburn. The following weekend Indianapolis hosts the Dana Mecum’s Original Spring Classic Auction.

In June it is my chance to leave the Hoosier state and visit the CCCA Grand Experience at Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, and the Ault Park Concours d’Elegance in Cincinnati, Ohio.

July starts off with the Haynes Apperson Festival in Kokomo, Indiana, and ends with the Concours d’Elegance of America in Plymouth, Michigan.

In August I look forward to the Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Yard Sale in Ohio and Indiana, the Lincoln Highway Adventure in Indiana, and Carmel Artomobilia.

September is chock-full of Indiana events with the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival and the Fall Collector Car Auction in Auburn, and the Festival of Machines at Conner Prairie in Noblesville.

My fall wraps-up with the Hill Climb and Car Show in Newport, Indiana, in October.

So, there you have some of my nominations for “Best Car Show.”

To find more about Indiana car culture follow this link.

My vote for the best car show in Indiana

My vote for the best car show is the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival over Labor Day Weekend in Auburn, Indiana. Events start on the Tuesday before Labor Day and continue through the Monday holiday.

Auburn Cord Duesenberg
Auburn Cord Duesenberg
Automobile Museum

It all started out over 50 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 Festival Hoosier Tour on Tuesday. Events planned for Thursday include the Kick-Off Luncheon, Quilt Show, and the Annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum Benefit Extravaganza. Friday continues the fun with a sausage & pancake breakfast, cruise-in, and ice cream social.

“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’s streets to Courthouse Square on Saturday afternoon. If you can only do one thing over the weekend, the parade is my pick. Some Sunday events are an outdoor garage sale and flea market, an arts and crafts show, an antique show and market, and the Auburn Concours d’Elegance.

Bookending the festival is the Auburn Fall Collector Car Auction, Car Corral, and Swap Meet, starting on the Wednesday before Labor Day and continuing through the following Tuesday. This event features over 5,000 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 and Monday.

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.