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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.