ACD Festival Events

Article by KPC News | KPC Media | August 28, 2017 
 AUBURN — The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival gained momentum Monday when its Hoosier Tour rolled out on a four-day journey.
A total of 35 classic cars carrying 65 people headed for north central Indiana for a week of fun and promoting this weekend’s classic car events in Auburn.
The tour concludes Thursday at noon, when the cars return to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum for the traditional kickoff luncheon.
Tour cars departed from the museum Monday morning in a steady drizzle.
“Rain or shine, it doesn’t matter. It’s about the people and sharing their experiences,” said Troy Ackerman of Auburn, who organizes the tour with his wife, Kari.
This week’s experiences will include this morning’s visit to LaVine Restorations in Nappanee, which has restored several past winners of best-of-show awards at the festival in Auburn.
Later today, tour participants dined at Tippecanoe Place in South Bend, in a former home of the Studebaker family, then toured the Studebaker National Museum.
The group is staying three nights at Oakwood Resort on Lake Wawasee near Syracuse. 
Wednesday, the group will spend the day at the Amish Acres theme park in Nappanee.

The complete list of events for this weekend’s festival:

Collector car auctions

Auctions America — Auburn Auction Park, $50 for full weekend, $15 for daily admission. Bidding starts Wednesday and Thursday at noon, Friday 10 a.m., Saturday 10 a.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.

Worldwide Auctioneers — Preview Day Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bidder registration and preview Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bidding begins Saturday at 6 p.m., National Auto & Truck Museum., 1000 Gordon Buehrig Place, auction and museum donation $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12.

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club Events

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club Swap Meet — Friday 7 a.m. to noon, Auburn Community Pool parking lot, free admission.

Ladies of ACD Tea Vintage Treasure Sale — Friday 8-11 a.m., Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, admission to museum required.

Factory Test Route Tour — Friday, 10:30 a.m. arrival. 11:10 a.m. drivers’ meeting; 11:30 a.m. departure; meet in front of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum for a 28-mile driving tour on a route used by Auburn Automobile Co. test drivers; $40 per person, $15 for children 10 and under. Tour open to all Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs. Modern cars welcome to follow and join for lunch at Sycamore Hills Golf Club. Preregistration required at

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club Car Show — Saturday 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Eckhart Park, 1500 S. Cedar St.; admission $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 4 and up.

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum Events

Kickoff Luncheon — Thursday at noon, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, $15 per person.

Benefit Extravaganza Fundraiser — Thursday 6 p.m., Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, $150 per person.

Connecting Rods Luncheon — Saturday 10 a.m., Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, $15 per person, reservations required at 925-1444.

Party in the Plaza — Saturday 5-8 p.m., Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum Education and Exhibit Plaza, $30 per person for live music, food and a cash bar.

Gatsby Gala Ball — Saturday 7-11 p.m., Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, $30 for museum members, $50 for nonmembers, live big band music, light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.


Pancake and Sausage Breakfast — Friday 7-10 a.m., National Auto and Truck Museum north parking lot, freewill donations to museum.

Pancake and Sausage Breakfast — Saturday and Sunday, 7:30-10:30 a.m., National Military History Center, County Road 11-A, south of Auburn. $3 for veterans, $7 for others, includes museum admission.

Antique and Vintage Show — Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., National Military History Center, $3 admission to shop, $2 additional to visit museums; children age 12 and younger admitted free with adults for shopping.

Downtown Area Activities

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Factory Meet and Greet — Thursday, 6-11 p.m., Auburn Moose Family Center, 10th and Main streets. Free admission.

Downtown Cruise-in — Friday 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., courthouse square in downtown Auburn; registration $10 per vehicle. Spectators admitted free.

Cruise-in Cuisine — Friday starting at noon, Saturday at 11 a.m., food trucks on 7th Street between Main and Jackson streets, west of the courthouse square.

Jack Randinelli Collection and John Martin Smith Collection Open House — Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with program at noon, Willennar Genealogy Center, 700 S. Jackson St. Free admission.

Sundaes on Friday Ice Cream Social — Friday 5-8 p.m., Main Street near 7th Street on the courthouse square; ice cream for $2 per scoop.

Kiddie Cruisers Activity Area — Friday 5-8 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the James Cultural Plaza, 7th and Jackson streets, free for children accompanied by adults.

Cruise-in Concert — Friday 6-11:30 p.m., live music on the courthouse square by Chris Worth and Hubie Ashcraft.

Speakeasy 2016 — Friday beginning at noon, Auburn Moose Family Center, Main and 10th streets.

Official Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival Beer Tent — Friday opening at 5 p.m., Main and 8th streets on the west side of the courthouse square.

Grand Olde Tyme Trolley — Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday noon to 6 p.m., boarding at 9th and Jackson streets; free.

Duesy Walk 5K and 11K, presented by American Volksport — Saturday, start anytime between 8 and 11 a.m. at DeKalb Health, East 7th Street, free to public, $3 for American Volksport Association credit.

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival 5K — presented by Lakewood Park Christian School, Saturday, registration 8 a.m., start at 9 a.m. at Main and 16th streets. Registration $25 at or

Auburn Historic Tour — Saturday 9 and 10 a.m. and 3 and 4 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., leaving from the DeKalb County Fairgrounds at Union and 11th streets, $5 per person.

Pre-Parade Entertainment — Saturday 11 a.m. on the courthouse square, Auburn Community Band, DeKalb High School marching band and show choir, free.

Parade of Classics — 1 p.m., follow Jackson and North Main streets to downtown Auburn, free.

Market on 6th — Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 6th Street between Jackson and Main streets, free.

Miss Auburn Cord Duesenberg pageant — Saturday at 4 p.m. the James Cultural Plaza, 7th and Jackson streets, west of the courthouse square; free admission.

Fast and Fabulous in Downtown Auburn — Saturday 5-11 p.m., courthouse square, modern luxury and exotic cars, free to spectators, $25 registration for exhibitors.

Fast and Fabulous Concert — Saturday 6-11 p.m., courthouse square featuring music by oldies group The Bulldogs, country music star James Otto and rock band Big Caddy Daddy, free.

Fast and Fabulous Fireworks Spectacular — Saturday 9:30 p.m., courthouse square, free.

Classic City Historic Home Tour — Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visit four homes in Auburn at 123 N. Indiana Ave., 810 N. Main St., 352 W. 15th St. and 906 S. Jackson St.; $10 for all four homes. 

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