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Auburn – Our Home is the Home of the Classics

A fitting group of L-29s in celebration of the 2017 ACD Festival marking the Year of the Cord.

Ever since it was established during the mid-1950s, the annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival continues to draw legions of visitors to Auburn, Indiana, the home city of Worldwide Auctioneers. Situated in DeKalb County, Indiana, Auburn was founded in 1836 by Wesley Park and serves as the county seat of DeKalb County. Auburn also stands proudly as the “Home of the Classics,” where the beautifully styled and technically sophisticated automobiles once rolled off the Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg assembly plants.

While the great pre-war classic cars produced in Auburn until the late 1930s rank highly among the many attractions and events, including our annual Auburn auction at the National Automobile and Truck Museum (NATMUS), Auburn itself provides a truly wonderful setting. From its many historic landmarks to wonderful architecture, Auburn and its residents are equally renowned for their community spirit and hospitality to visitors.

Great prewar classics in front of the National Auto & Truck Museum. This historic location is the actual building where the Cord L-29 – America’s first front-drive passenger car – was produced.

With far too many of its beauties to fully list here, Auburn is a family-friendly city with a refreshing small-town feel, yet delivers the amenities of many larger centers. In short, Auburn – whether during the Festival Week or any other occasion, is a great place to visit and spend some quality time. Here are just a few images of Auburn, with much more to be added to our various social media pages. We hope you will enjoy these images of what makes Auburn so special!

The beautiful, Art Deco interior of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum, which was originally the company’s administration building during the 1930s.

A truly timeless classic – an Auburn Speedster spotted front and center at the Friday night street festival in downtown Auburn’s town square.

The beautiful water fountain adjacent to Auburn’s Craftsman-era Eckhart Library, nicely illuminated during a perfect late-summer evening – the perfect location for quiet reflection or a delicious picnic.


Join Us When the Great Race 2017 Comes to Auburn Wednesday, June 28th!

Auburn, Indiana’s historic Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum, quietly awaiting the excitement to unfold when the 150 competitors in the Hemmings Motor News Great Race 2017 presented by Hagerty are scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, June 28th.

On Wednesday, June 28th, the 150 teams competing in the 2017 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty will arrive in Worldwide Auctioneers’ hometown of Auburn, Indiana. Having departed Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday, June 24th, the teams will make their way on an epic journey covering roughly 2,351 miles bound for Traverse City, Michigan as their final destination on July 2nd. This year’s participants follow in a tradition that started in 1983 that continues stronger than ever.

Seeing the entrants off in Jacksonville was none other than Top Fuel drag racing legend Don “Big Daddy” Garlits, who serves as this year’s Grand Marshal for the event. Driving an incredible selection of cars ranging from a 1916 Chevrolet Phaeton, 1916 Hudson, and 1916 Studebaker Speedster to a mighty 1973 Jensen Interceptor, the vehicles of the 2017 Hemmings Motor News Great Race are almost as diverse as the competitors themselves, who hail from virtually every state and from as far away as England and Japan. A challenging test of driving and navigational skills, the Great Race does cover a published list of destinations from point to point but the actual route of the race is a closely guarded secret that is only revealed to the participants at the start of each day’s stage.

Team Hagerty’s second car – a 1960 Plymouth Fury, driven by Shelbie Buchanan & navigated by Ashleigh Powell – arrive in Murfreesboro (Monday’s lunch stop). Photo credit: Matt Litwin, Hemmings Motor News.

X-Cup competitors Team Murfreesboro arrives in Bowling Green Monday evening. Photo Credit: Matt Litwin, Hemmings Motor News.

Here’s a listing of the Great Race 2017 route and event itinerary, giving you the opportunity to spot the teams on their journey and join them in the action as they arrive:

Saturday, June 24 – Stage 1: Jacksonville, Florida to Tifton, Georgia

Sunday, June 25 – Stage 2: Tifton, Georgia to Chattanooga, Tennessee

Monday, June 26 – Stage 3: Chattanooga, Tennessee to Bowling Green, Kentucky

Tuesday, June 27 – Stage 4: Bowling Green, Kentucky to Franklin, Indiana

Wednesday, June 28 – Stage 5: Franklin, Indiana to Auburn, Indiana

Thursday, June 29 – Stage 6: Auburn, Indiana to Ypsilanti, Michigan

Friday, June 30 – Stage 7: Ypsilanti, Michigan to Frankenmuth, Michigan

Saturday, July 1 – Stage 8: Championship Run from Frankenmuth, Michigan to Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan

Sunday, July 2 – Stage 9: Championship Run from Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan to Traverse City, Michigan

Two-time Grand Champion Rex Gardner & grandson Kolton Hastert arrive in Bowling Green in their 1935 Ford 3-Window Coupe. Photo Credit: Matt Litwin, Hemmings Motor News.

Join us on Wednesday the 28th and help us give a warm welcome the teams participating in the Hemmings Motor News Great Race 2017 presented by Hagerty as they arrive at the renowned Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum on Gordon Buehrig Drive in Auburn. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Hemmings Speedster team, who are spearheading the Alzheimer’s Association “Longest Day” fundraising campaign to combat this life-changing disease that affects so many of our loved ones today. Daily event coverage is at the official Great Race 2017 website (http://www.greatrace.com/) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/greatracerally/) , including a full listing of the stops along the way, plus blog posts by the participants, event updates, and great photos of the teams in action during this exciting classic car event. We look forward to seeing you there to welcome the Hemmings Motor News Great Race 2017 competitors and be sure to stop and say “Hi” to the Worldwide Auctioneers team while y9ou are there!