If you thought the world’s greatest classic collector car show and sale took place in California, London, or Monte Carlo, you’d be wrong. It takes place 20 miles north of Fort Wayne in the town of Auburn.
Every Labor Day Weekend, the people of Auburn host the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival in honor of the cars that were at one time manufactured there and has since put Auburn on the map.
The dates for this year’s ACD Festival are August 30-September 2.
An estimated 300,000 car enthusiasts from around the world arrive to look at the vehicles. Warning: traffic can be heavy. Still, the festival is worth the trip.
The annual Cruise-In, when the owners of hundreds of cars, trucks, vans and motorcycles park their vehicles in downtown Auburn, giving spectators a chance to chat and admire the famous cars from yesterday, is one of the festival’s most popular events.
My favorite event is the Parade of Classics on Saturday. I can barely keep from drooling as hundreds of the most resplendent classic cars I’ve ever seen proceed through Auburn’s tree-lined streets.
Each year a different make leads the Parade of Classics. In 2012 it will be the “Year of the Unrestored Car”.
A huge event that coincides with the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival is the auction of thousands of classic, celebrity, high-powered sports and race cars, antique trucks, motor coaches and motorcycles at Worldwide Auction Park (I-69 Exit 126, 5536 Co. Rd. 11-A, Auburn–this is the site of the former Kruse Auction Complex).
This is also a fun event but all I’ve ever done is pick out which car I’d buy if I had $100,000 to spare. Like that will ever happen. But it’s fun to dream.
For more information on the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, call 260.925.3600 or go to http://acdfestival.org/festival/