Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival Parade 2016

1936 Cord 810 CabrioletOnce again, Labor Day weekend brings the annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival in Auburn, Indiana. Here’s our report on this year’s gathering with a big photo gallery of the festival parade. 

 

 

The annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival in Auburn, Indiana is one of the oldest events in the collector car hobby, dating all the way back to 1954. It’s also one of the largest, with multiple car auctions, a sprawling swap meet, a parade of classic cars through downtown Auburn, and a full slate of activities all focused on Auburn’s hometown automotive makes: Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg.

Activities at the festival cluster around two geographic points: the museum district just south of downtown, which was once home to the Auburn auto factory complex, and the sprawling Auctions America facility one exit south of town on Interstate 69. For a full listing of all the attractions around Auburn including a schedule, map, travel and lodging info, and so forth, 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.

 

1934 Duesenberg J-468 Straight 8 Anthony Ficco

 

Among the finest traditions of the festival—it’s one of our favorites, anyway—is the aforementioned parade through downtown Auburn. The gathering of classic cars begins in the morning at Eckhart Park, then at one o’clock proceeds over to the courthouse square in the center of town, where come the evening there’s an annual block party for the ACD faithful.

As we’ve explained in previous features, Eckhart Park is only a block or two east of the famed Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum (open during festival weekend, fortunately; see our feature on the museum here) and next door, NATMUS, the National Auto and Truck Museum of the United States. With its green and shady setting, the park is a perfect venue for car viewing and photography, and there are countless other choice spots along the parade route. If you haven’t attended the Festival and seen the parade, you really owe it to yourself. Here is the finest assembly of Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg vehicles on earth, and it happens every year. In the meantime, enjoy the gallery below.

 

1932 Auburn 12-160A Lycoming V12 Ron & Betsy Thomas
1966 Cord Glenn Pray replica Felix & Pat DeGeyter
1923 Duesenberg A Sport Phaeton John Bools
1934 Duesenberg J-468 Straight 8 Anthony Ficco
1933 Auburn 12-165 Salon Phaeton Fred Pratt
1936 Duesenberg J-588 Murphy Conv. Sedan Charles Goodman
1937 Cord 812 Cabriolet Brad & Kari Waken
1929 Duesenberg J-237 All-Weather Cabriolet Bill Dreist
1936 Cord 810 Cabriolet
1929 Dusenberg J-151 Murphy Sedan
1934 Duesenberg J-468 Beverly Sedan Anthony Ficco
1937 Cord 812 Custom Beverly Dennis & Bonnie Heywood
1937 Cord 812 Phaeton Gregory Felck
1934 Auburn 652Y Phaeton Leroy and Bonnie Gorsuch
1932 Duesenberg J-354 Judkins Coupe Mark Hyman
1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet Mike & Joan Huffman
1929 Cord L-29 Sedan William Smith
1936 Auburn 852 Conv. Sedan James Nicholson
1929 Auburn 120 Speedster Jerry Daugherty
1936 Auburn 852 Cabriolet Tom Beale
1934 Auburn 1250 Salon Speedster Chris & Laura Mahoney
1981 Cord 815 Southeastern replica Gerald Manning
1981 Duesenberg replica John Snell
1935 Auburn 653 Sedan
1937 Cord Cabriolet Brent Merrill
1935 Auburn 853 Speedster Keith Zetler
1935 Auburn 851 Cabriolet Paul TerHorst
1929 Cord L-29 Cabriolet Jack & Luci Laughlin
1935 Auburn 851 Speedster David Gaunt
1910 Auburn Model K Touring Don & Marlene Ohnsted

1932 Auburn 12-160A Lycoming V12 Ron & Betsy Thomas

1966 Cord Glenn Pray replica Felix & Pat DeGeyter

1923 Duesenberg A Sport Phaeton John Bools

1934 Duesenberg J-468 Straight 8 Anthony Ficco

1933 Auburn 12-165 Salon Phaeton Fred Pratt

1936 Duesenberg J-588 Murphy Conv. Sedan Charles Goodman

1937 Cord 812 Cabriolet Brad & Kari Waken

1929 Duesenberg J-237 All-Weather Cabriolet Bill Dreist

1936 Cord 810 Cabriolet

1929 Dusenberg J-151 Murphy Sedan

1934 Duesenberg J-468 Beverly Sedan Anthony Ficco

1937 Cord 812 Custom Beverly Dennis & Bonnie Heywood

1937 Cord 812 Phaeton Gregory Felck

1934 Auburn 652Y Phaeton Leroy and Bonnie Gorsuch

1932 Duesenberg J-354 Judkins Coupe Mark Hyman

1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet Mike & Joan Huffman

1929 Cord L-29 Sedan William Smith

1936 Auburn 852 Conv. Sedan James Nicholson

1929 Auburn 120 Speedster Jerry Daugherty

1936 Auburn 852 Cabriolet Tom Beale

1934 Auburn 1250 Salon Speedster Chris & Laura Mahoney

1981 Cord 815 Southeastern replica Gerald Manning

1981 Duesenberg replica John Snell

1935 Auburn 653 Sedan

1937 Cord Cabriolet Brent Merrill

1935 Auburn 853 Speedster Keith Zetler

1935 Auburn 851 Cabriolet Paul TerHorst

1929 Cord L-29 Cabriolet Jack & Luci Laughlin

1935 Auburn 851 Speedster David Gaunt

1910 Auburn Model K Touring Don & Marlene Ohnsted

2 thoughts on “Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival Parade 2016

  1. I go to the club show in the park every year. It is my favorite show of the season. I cannot enough of the Auburn 851 Speedsters. It is great fun to listen to the ACD Club judges pick nits on these incredible cars.

  2. You are right the parade through town is a highlight. The year I went (1996-7) I recall one “older gentleman” in an Auburn holding back some distance in the line of cars. All of a sudden, he gunned the engine and accelerated to close the gap. He had a mighty grin on his face as he did so -and in those few seconds I got a glimpse of the young guy still inside!

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