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Check out Indiana Automotive’s revised website

This week I was introduced to Indiana Automotive’s revised website.

Duesenberg Final Assembly
Duesenberg Final Assembly

This website takes you on a tour of all the features of Indiana Automotive. The groups events allow you to experience talks by experts in automotive heritage, tours of sites important to our automotive history, and viewings of private vintage and classic automobile collections. Indiana Automotive members get discounts and the first opportunity to register for these events. Follow this link for the upcoming events.

Indiana Automotive members and friends write about influential people and places significant to our state’s rich automotive heritage for the website. Follow this link for a sample.

For those interested in joining Indiana Automotive, follow this link. .

I encourage you to take a tour of our revised website.

Duesenberg sign dedication

IndyGo, Indiana Automotive, and Indiana Landmarks announced the Duesenberg sign dedication on April 23, 2014, at IndyGo Headquarters, 1501 West Washington Street. The trio restored the sign to commemorate the Duesenberg company’s contribution to the auto industry and Indianapolis.

Restored Duesenberg Sign
Restored Duesenberg Sign

In 1920, Fred and August Duesenberg brought their company to Indianapolis along with their well-established reputation. Previous to their move, the brothers built extremely high-quality and advanced engines and automobiles, but were seldom financially successful. Part of their reason for moving to the Hoosier capital was to return to their racing roots and be near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where they had enjoyed some success. The Speedway could be used for testing their passenger cars as well as their racers.

The company’s manufacturing complex consisted of a 17-acre site at 1511 West Washington Street that opened for production in July 1921.

Duesenberg’s attention to detail was evident throughout the process and went a long way toward achieving the Duesenberg mystique. The Duesenberg Model J existed at a time when the coachbuilding craft was at its peak in the mid-1930’s. Yet, Duesenberg and coachbuilding declined and closed out the 1930’s era. The make survived most of the Depres¬sion, but died in the collapse of the Cord Corporation, which had earlier bought the company, in 1937. Over 75 percent of the original Model Js built are still roadworthy some 70 years later. No other American marque has been so fortunate.

Twenty Grand Duesenberg
Twenty Grand Duesenberg
Photo Courtesy of Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

Today, Building No. 3 houses the Indy Metro garage on South Harding Street and is the only remaining building from the original Duesenberg complex. Today, you can see the restored ghost sign spelling out Duesenberg Motors Company on the north side of the building. This sign now serves as a touchstone to trumpet Indianapolis’ automotive legacy to future generations.

Check-out the Duesenberg sign restoration. Way to go, Indy!

Indiana Automotive presents an Evening with Donald Davidson

Indiana Automotive, presents an Evening with Donald Davidson on Thursday, April 7. In his engaging and entertaining style, Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian Donald Davidson will talk about the historic track in the Indianapolis 500’s 100th running anniversary year.

Known for his radio program The Talk of Gasoline Alley, Davidson will cover the fascinating history of the Speedway a National Historic Landmark. Following his stories about the Speedway, he’ll answer questions from the audience—and his reputation suggests there isn’t a single query about the Speedway he can’t answer.

Donald Davidson
Donald Davidson

The audience will also learn about other events planned by the Indiana Automotive. The group welcomes members interested in the early auto visionaries and the preservation of the cars they made, their factories, showrooms, and homes, and the landscaped parkways and roadside architecture birthed by the auto age.

WHAT: An Evening with Donald Davidson

WHO: Event hosted by Indiana Automotive

WHEN: Thursday, April 7, 5:30 cash bar and snacks; lecture at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave., Indianapolis

COST: Indiana Automotive Member-$6.24: Indiana Landmarks Member-$9.39: General Public-$11.49 Register here. Register today. Our previous Davidson lecture in 2014 sold out.

This event is the first of many planned for this year. IA encourages those interested in our automotive heritage to experience these events. We invite you to An Evening with Donald Davidson.