Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival 2015

1935 Duesenberg SJ Mormon Meteor Harry YeaggyLabor Day weekend brings another edition of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival in Auburn, Indiana. Here’s MCG’s report on this year’s gathering. 

 

 

Dating back to 1954, the annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival in Auburn, Indiana is one of the oldest events in the collector car hobby. It’s also one of the largest, with a huge swap meet, car auctions, a parade around the town square, and a full slate of activities all focused on Auburn’s classic hometown automotive marques: Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg.

The Festival activities tend to cluster around two geographic points: the museum district just south of downtown Auburn, and the sprawling Auctions America complex one exit south of town on Interstate 69. For a full rundown on the events in Auburn including a schedule, map, travel and lodging info, and so forth, you can visit the official ACD Festival website. Info on the auction, swap meet, and happenings around the auction complex can be found at the Auctions America website.

Not as energetic as he used to be, these days MCG likes to take it easy and narrow his focus to a few key events of the festival. One favorite venue for car viewing is the gathering of cars at Eckhart Park on Saturday morning in preparation for the big parade through downtown Auburn in the afternoon. Imagine hundreds of magnificent Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg autos—American collector car royalty—all gathered in one picturesque spot. That’s the show at Eckhart Park.

As we’ve explained in previous reports, the park is just a few hundred yards east of the famed Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum (open through festival weekend, naturally; see the MCG feature on the museum here) behind the former Auburn manufacturing complex. With its lush lawns and generous shade, the park is a picture-perfect venue for a vintage car show. Gallery below.

 

1936 Cord 810 Phaeton Greg Charlton
1935 Auburn 851 Phaeton Riachrd Dove
1929 Cord L-29 Cabriolet Ken Clark
1937 Cord 812 SC Cabriolet Brad Waken
1935 Duesenberg SJ Mormon Meteor cockpit
1932 Dueseberg J Judkins Coupe Mark Hyman
1929 Duesenberg J Weymann Sedan L Richard T. Quick
1933 Auburn Salon Phaeton Robert Hatje
Duesenberg J display chassis straight 8 engine
1937 Cord 812 dash
1923 Duesenberg A John Bools straight 8 engine
1937 Cord 812 SC Beverly Joseph L. Dreist
1929 Dusenberg J Phaeton Terrance Adderly RF
1936 Auburn 852 Cabriolet Tom Beale
1935 Duesenberg SJN Murphy Convertible Coupe Bill Parfet
1936 Cord 810 Cabriolet Richard Fass
1935 Duesenberg SJ Mormon Meteor Harry Yeaggy
1936 Auburn 654 two-door sedan
1932 Dueseberg J Judkins Coupe Chris Clyne
1931 Auburn 8-100-A Speedster Mike Gaylor
1928 Auburn 8-88 Speedster Richard Harding
1929 Duesenberg J Convertible Coupe Ray Hicks
1935 Auburn 851 supercharged straight 8 David Gaunt
Duesenberg Model A race car
1936 Cord 810 Westchester Robert Seedlook
1936 Cord 810 Westchester Dale Martin
1929 Duesenberg J Dual Cowl Phaeton Tony Ficco
1932 Duesenberg J Phaeton WIlliam Miller
1933 Auburn 12-165 Salon Phaeton
1923 Duesenberg A Phaeton John Bools

1936 Cord 810 Phaeton Greg Charlton

1935 Auburn 851 Phaeton Riachrd Dove

1929 Cord L-29 Cabriolet Ken Clark

1937 Cord 812 SC Cabriolet Brad Waken

1935 Duesenberg SJ Mormon Meteor cockpit

1932 Dueseberg J Judkins Coupe Mark Hyman

1929 Duesenberg J Weymann Sedan L Richard T. Quick

1933 Auburn Salon Phaeton Robert Hatje

Duesenberg J display chassis straight 8 engine

1937 Cord 812 dash

1923 Duesenberg A John Bools straight 8 engine

1937 Cord 812 SC Beverly Joseph L. Dreist

1929 Dusenberg J Phaeton Terrance Adderly RF

1936 Auburn 852 Cabriolet Tom Beale

1935 Duesenberg SJN Murphy Convertible Coupe Bill Parfet

1936 Cord 810 Cabriolet Richard Fass

1935 Duesenberg SJ Mormon Meteor Harry Yeaggy

1936 Auburn 654 two-door sedan

1932 Dueseberg J Judkins Coupe Chris Clyne

1931 Auburn 8-100-A Speedster Mike Gaylor

1928 Auburn 8-88 Speedster Richard Harding

1929 Duesenberg J Convertible Coupe Ray Hicks

1935 Auburn 851 supercharged straight 8 David Gaunt

Duesenberg Model A race car

1936 Cord 810 Westchester Robert Seedlook

1936 Cord 810 Westchester Dale Martin

1929 Duesenberg J Dual Cowl Phaeton Tony Ficco

1932 Duesenberg J Phaeton WIlliam Miller

1933 Auburn 12-165 Salon Phaeton

1923 Duesenberg A Phaeton John Bools

6 thoughts on “Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival 2015

  1. Hey Mac wish I’d known you were there so we could’ve met face to face!😎 I was there for my first time and definitely will be back. Joe Klinkhardt (I’m the guy that’s always with Bill Akin’s vintage Indy roadsters at Indy)

  2. I am a past National President of the ACD Club and a former member of the Museum’s Board of directors. I was also the clubs Newsletter Editor for 11 years. I am saddened today because most all of the old timers that had a hand in forming the club are gone.. It was my pleasure to have known many and worked with them. I was also meet chairman for the ACD show for seven years. Non of us expected any reward for doing this work. We did it for the love of the club. Unfortunately, the club is becoming less and less a Good old boys club. and more and more a formal club. Still a good club, but not the feel at home club that it used to be. CORD ially J.P.Corbin

    • Hello , Jim Corbin,
      There are still a few of us early ACD Cl;ub members who remember the early days and friends we enjoyed. You are Life Member #LO13 and the last directory indicates you still live in Killen , AL. We have spoken by phone in the past. My connection with the ACD Club goes back to 1954 when my late father Jonathan Richards of Red Oak, Iowa first joined, not as a Charter Member but one of the early joiners. My younger brother Charles and I both
      “piggybacked” on Dad’s membership until his death in 1986 , after which we joined in our own right. Dad, Charles and I first attended the ACD Reunion in 1981 , just a few years before you went on the Board in 1983 and became President in 1985. You continued to remain active as club Director until 1991. Charles and I joined the club in our own right in 1998 and I remain active, having attended a number of Festivals since , most recently in 2015 with my lovely new second wife Leslie. She enjoys the experience very much and we plan to attend this fall. I seem to recall that you owned an L-29 Cord cabriolet in brown with orange wheels. Perhaps you then lived at Cherokee, Iowa. If I am correct , what became of that fine car?
      I can still remember reading the early mimeographed black and white Newsletters with great interest. Now the Newsletter is in full color and a high grade club publication. The Club has certainly changed over the many years since we all responded to Harry Denhard’s add in the HCC Gazette. We have changed too and have mostly gotten older , and hopefully somewhat wiser. Our whole world has changed. It was ever thus. Best Wishes to you and should you chose to respond to this message send me an e-mail
      at acdjack@jbrichards.net , Jonathan B.( Jack ) Richards II at Chesterfield, MO

  3. I wish to correct an error in my message above on April 9, 2016. The man from Cherokee , Iowa who owned an L-29 Cord cabriolet was Jerry Coburn , an early ACD Club member , and not Jim Corbin . Past President Corbin is still an ACD Club member and lives at Killen , Alabama.

    Jim Corbin , if you attend the ACD Reunion again I would very much like to meet you in person. You and the other early club members did so much to make the club what it is even to this day , a distinguished and focused organization to restore and preserve the remarkable automobiles made by the Auburn Automobile Company of Auburn, Indiana

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