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Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival launched in hometown of Auburn


One of the greatest classic car extravaganzas in the U.S., the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival takes place through Sunday, September 1, in Auburn, Indiana, featuring a busy slate of parades, cruises, shows, food and music that highlights the heritage of the premier automobiles once built in this Midwest city.

Among the events is the annual Hoosier Tour on Thursday, with cars from the ACD Club rolling in at noon to park in front of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, followed by a luncheon celebration, a public event with reservations required.

Auburn Boattail Speedster at the car show | ClassicCars.com

On Friday, hundreds of cars will line the streets of Auburn for the annual festival Cruise-In, starting at 10 a.m., followed later in the evening by a rock ‘n roll show.

The annual ACD Club Reunion Car Show takes place from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Eckhart Park.  The show is followed by the Parade of Classics starting at 1 p.m. as the cars line up to start the parade, then park on downtown streets.  Spectator tip: get an early spot near the Dekalb County Courthouse for a good view of the parade.

Saturday evening, the Fast and Fabulous Car Show gets going from 5 to 11 p.m. on the courthouse square, featuring exotics and luxury sports cars of more-recent production.

Also taking place during the ACD weekend are two collector car auctions, RM Auction’s Auburn Fall Auction and Worldwide Auctioneers’ The Auburn Auction.

For more information about the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, visit the event website.

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Astronaut Alan Bean’s 427 Corvette coupe | Historic Vehicle Register

More Cars at the Capital

The National Historic Vehicle Register brings its fifth annual Cars at the Capital to Washington, D.C., from September 12-26, with a pair of iconic vehicles on display at the National Mall.

The cars, which are being recognized for their historic significance with inclusion into the permanent archive of the Library of Congress, are a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray originally owned by Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean, and a 1966 Volkswagen Deluxe transporter that was owned by civil rights pioneers Esau and Janie B. Jenkins.

The Corvette was part of a General Motors program that leased Corvettes to U.S. astronauts for $1 a year, with a special blue-and-white plaque on each commemorating the NASA missions.  Bean chose a Gold-and-Black 427/390-horsepower coupe, which is the only one in that configuration that remains from the astronaut program.

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The VW bus has seen lots of activity

The VW microbus was part of tireless efforts by the Jenkinses to provide opportunities and hope to the people of South Carolina.   The VW became a fixture in the community, among those that helped transport children to school and adults to jobs in Charleston, with Esau and Janie also teaching passengers the lessons needed to pass literacy exams to become voters.

Fore more information about the National Historic Vehicle Register and Cars at the Capital, visit the website.

The Aston Martin, Zagato connection explored

The world-first display of every Aston Martin Zagato variant ever manufactured, from the 1960 DB4 GT Zagato through the latest Aston designs by the Italian coachbuilder, will be displayed September 7 during the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace in Richmond Upon Thames just north of London, England.

The Aston Martin Zagato Celebratory Display, presented by the Aston Martin Owners Club and supported by Aston Martin Lagonda and Carrozzeria Zagato, will include rare and one-0ff examples of Zagato designs on Aston Martin automobiles, with racing models among them.

1962 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato | Tim Scott

Zagato celebrates the 100th anniversary of its founding this year with worldwide acclaim, including its border-crossing link with some of Aston Martin’s most-exclusive models.

“The Aston Martin Zagato partnership has produced such a consistently astonishing array of cars that it almost deserves an event of its own,” said Andrew Evans, Concours of Elegance director.  “What we’ve developed here in partnership with AMOC, Aston Martin and Zagato is the next best thing – a dedicated area at the UK’s top concours d’elegance event, hosted among the beautiful Fountain Gardens of one of Britain’s most amazing buildings.”

The main event for the Concours of Elegance – held at the former home of Henry VIII – takes place September 8 with a gathering of 60 spectacular vehicles from the 1890s through present day.  One of the special featured cars is “the world’s first minivan,” a rare example of the innovative 1936 Stout Scarab.

For more information, visit the event website.

Biggest bunch of Bentleys

Salon Privé will host what it’s calling the “world’s largest gathering of Bentleys” to celebrate the luxury marque’s centennial, including cars from the Bentley and Bentley Drivers’ Club, and Bentley’s own Heritage Collection, during its concours weekend September 5-8 at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, U.K.

One of the iconic Blower Bentleys | Salon Privé

Bentleys from around the globe, and from the earliest to the latest models, will be on display, including the second prototype and oldest surviving Bentley, the 1920 EXP2; a 1929 Team Blower that was raced by Bentley boy Sir Tim Birkin; a 1930 Bentley 8-litre; a 1939 Mark V, one of just seven built; and the 2003 Le Mans-winning No. 7 Speed 8.

“From the earliest to the latest, from racing to grand touring and from all over the world, the cars and their owners will gather in celebration and whilst not a concours, a panel of judges will select winners across a variety of categories with awards presented at the end of the day by Bentley Motors chairman and chief executive Adrian Hallmark.

Also at the concours will be “a distinguished pair of coachbuilt Rolls-Royce and a stunning Ferrari, all with documented Royal provenance.”

For more information, visit the event website.

Other concours and events

The Goodguys Rod and Custom Association presents its 22nd annual Colorado Nationals on September 6-8 at The Ranch Events Complex in Loveland, Colorado. For more information, visit the event website.

The Des Moines Concours d’Elegance will be held September 8 at Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines, Iowa, featuring 13 classes of kinetic sculpture including classics, exotics and motorcycles with special classes for 100 years of Bentley, Japanese cars, a Behind the Iron Curtain class, World War II Military Vehicles and Crosley, the American minicar. For more information, visit the event website.

The Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance takes place September 8 at the exclusive country club in Malvern, Pennsylvania, this year featuring Buick, the designs of Bill Mitchell, Special Interest Porsches and Road Cars with Racing Names among its field of judged classes.  For more information about the concours and associated features, visit the event website.

The Oregon Festival of Cars takes place September 13-15 at the Deschutes Historical Museum in Bend, Oregon.  Group drives, car show and the Sunday Dash are included in the festivities.  For more information, visit the event website.

The National Street Rod Association holds its Street Rod Nationals North on September 13-25 at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center and Fairground in Kalamazoo, Michigan.   For more information, visit the event website.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


  1. Will any Willoughby coaches be in the event? Francis Willoughby was my grandfather and I’d like to see more of his work. Thanks.


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