Labor 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.