The Second Annual CC Heartland Meet-up is scheduled, for Saturday, October 4th in Auburn, Indiana, home of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum and the National Auto and Truck Museum. The plan is to visit the latter in the morning, have lunch, hit the high temple of America’s finest classic cars in the afternoon, and then find a suitable spot for socializing and dinner.
I may also be in the Indianapolis area either on Friday or Sunday, to possibly hit the Indy 500 museum. Details to be announced a bit later. But it’s time to mark your calendars and make plans. An award will be given for the best (funkiest?) CC driven to Auburn. Hope to see you there.
I’m in! Happy travels to all!
Yeah too far cost too much but somewhere I’d really like to see make sure ya’ll take some photos to post.
Cool, now I know when to use up my vacation days.
I hate flying, and it is only about 5 hours from the QC so I will be driving, but the TC will stay at home. I just can’t subject her to rock chips! I visited the ACD museum during a family vacation in Indiana Beach in 1992. I was twelve. And though I remember it fondly, I am sure I will appreciate it even more as an adult!
Gee, maybe we can get a group rate on hotel rooms! 🙂
Actually that’s a good idea Tom. Does anyone have any ideas as to relatively convenient decent accommodations? Holiday Inn Express or similar I suppose but no absolute preference…I’m too old to sleep in my (or anyone else’s) car.
Looking at Google, there is a Hampton Inn, a Holiday Inn Express, a LaQuinta Inn, a Comfort Suites, and a Days Inn. All are fairly close to typical interchange fair (Bob Evans, Applebee’s, Cracker Barrell) plus a Hungry Howie’s.
It’s seven minutes from the Hampton Inn (furthest west) to the ACD Museum on the east end of Auburn.
I was last there in 2000; even if I remembered where I stayed, the recommendation would be a tad out of date. The only thing I can state is Days Inn seems to have a broader range of what one can expect vs. the others.
Thanks! Alright, the res is made…now I need to save up gas money. 1,156 miles, gulp.
…now I need to save up gas money. 1,156 miles, gulp.
Speaking of gas, when I went to the ACD last year, I gassed up at a BP on 7th St just before getting back on I-69. Some of the worst, contaminated gas ever. My Civic would barely idle.
BP was having problems with it’s refinery in Whiting right then, or maybe I was just “lucky”, but I’ll never go near that BP again.
Rock chips?! ROCK CHIPS?! Klockau, have you taken too many pebbles to the noggin? 🙂 That is a Murrican highway car and this is the definition of a Murrican road trip. Slap on a nose bra and a bug deflector and saddle up!
Hey, don’t forget I am an accountant. Less gas mileage than Volvo + no garage in Auburn + original intake manifold on Lincoln + Lincoln not being more than a dozen miles out of the city limits since purchase = drive the Volvo! 🙂
I’m giving you crap here, so bear with me….
Rock chips? Good heavens, the road near my house is being rubble-ized and I’m driving my ’63 Ford through there! What’s a little gravel? Gravel is used to make roads, it is used as a base when the road is built, and it’s even used for snow removal!
Paint chips add character to a car, much like a scar does to ones person. They make for terrific stories.
Being pushed by a V8 is much more relaxing than being pulled by a five-banger.
You youngsters!!! 🙂
As for the intake manifold, I seriously get that.
The L-29 and the 812 are easily identifiable . . . . . but is that middle car a Ruxton?
If so, you’ve got the beginnings (and temporary end) of American front wheel drive.
I believe it is a Ruxton. I read an article in one of the Automobile Quarterly books published in the ’70s. Very cool cars.
It is a Ruxton…My wife and I just went to ACD and Natmus the other week…fun stuff!
Here’s a thread on a Ruxton redo…
That’s about 3 hours from me in Windsor, Ontario, so I could definitely make it. A local hotel reference would help in case anyone is planning to get into the single malt.
I’m at 7 hours, 40 minutes and 511 miles. See you in Auburn.
Great, always wanted to visit those, and I might be able to take in the Studebaker museum in South Bend as well.
5 1/2 hours for me, might bring the Kawi ZG1000 if the weather cooperates!
I was there last summer. Sadly I live all the way in Minnesota and work weekends as I am the organist. Have a great time!
I’m in; hope the “Comments on CC but Thrice per Year” crowd is invited. If its primitive fuel injection cooperates, I’ll be piloting my ’79 Seville from MoTown. Bring your tapes for my factory 8-track deck; then we’ll have some background music.
I went to the ACD Museum a couple of years back; it’s a winner. The restored offices of Corporate HQ are extremely cool to see, too.
See you in October!
John Eipper (SeVair)
I’m right there with you, John! Probably closer to a dozen times a year for me. 3 hr drive from here, now the question is if I can get the ’86 Caprice presentable and reliable enough to make the trip by then? If not it’ll be the ’95 Altima, which despite its DD status is probably nearly old enough to be considered a CC in its own right, at least if it were in better shape.
Look forward to meeting you, and all the CCers, in Auburn. Are you in the Detroit area? I get that impression from your post.
Just this morning I took the ’79 Seville to the “classics” shop to have it sorted out for the CC pilgrimage. Should be in tip-top condition by October–although plenty of things can re-break by that time!
John/SeVair (my other CC is a ’64 Corvair, thus the nom de plume)
I’m in Midland, MI actually. Sounds like you’ve got a great pair of CC’s, and that this could be quite the well-attended gathering!
Hi Cresys again:
I’m in Royal Oak (Michigan). Will be great to meet you in Auburn.
“A great pair of CCs”…I’ll try to avoid the Butt-Head laughter. (!)
I have been to the Auburn museum several times, the last time in 2005. Enjoy the times there!
Auburn is an easy drive from Motown. Hit the ACD two years ago, and the NATM, with an extra look at the ACD for the things I missed the first time, last year.
Sadest thing at the NATM is the remains of one of the 100 preproduction Cord 810s, which had been used as landfill, before it was recovered a few years ago.
Northern Indiana is a target rich enviornment for gear heads. If you’re in Auburn, you may as well head over to Shipshewana to the Hostetler Hudson museum (from Auburn, go north on I-69 to Angola then west on US 20. Once you’re in Shipshewana, you may as well keep going west to South Bend, to the Studebaker museum.
Sounds like a great time. I was actually thinking about detouring to Auburn on my way up to the Old Car Festival at The Henry Ford / Greenfield Village in September. Maybe I could go east instead to the Packard museum in Warren Ohio and make another trip in October . . . I do have family in Battle Creek. I should do like Tom and buy a Towncar for these trips, it’s a long way from SC.
How about the Gilmore Car Museum next year!
Maybe I could go east instead to the Packard museum in Warren Ohio
Dayton is more on the way to Dearborn. You could stop at the Air Force Museum, and the Packard Museum that is downtown Dayton, in a former Packard dealership building.
How about the Gilmore Car Museum next year!
Can’t please everyone department: I’d rather this year’s meet be at the Gilmore as I have a membership. Next year, I’ll be back to a membership at the Henry Ford.
Actually, fairness dictates that the next meet would be at a location conveniant for the west coast members
Here here! Not that I should complain. I’ve gotten a few meals and a whole lotta beers out of Paul already.
I hit America’s Packard Museum in 2012 – very cool and well worth visiting if anyone is remotely in the area.
I’ve heard about the Air Force Museum – can you actually enter the Boeing 707 used as Air Force One that is on display? I’m not a plane nut, but enjoy anything transportation related so I may make that one year on my way up or back from Michigan.
We may need to do like the AACA and have regional meets – Paul may not like the idea . . . LOL!
…can you actually enter the Boeing 707 used as Air Force One that is on display?
Last time I was at the Air Force museum was 2 years ago. They not only have the 707, but planes used by FDR, Truman and Eisenhower. I walked through all of them. It’s cramped inside. There are signs at the entrance warning that it’s narrow so hopefully, wide people will heed the warning and not get stuck in there.
Due to space constraints, the Presidential aircraft and the experimental models were in a hanger on Wright-Petterson AFB property. I had to show ID at the reservation desk to get on the shuttle bus over to the base. Last year, that hanger was closed. They blamed the budget “sequester” for defunding the shuttle bus.
A little over 4 hours from Kenosha; sounds compelling. My CC should be up for the trip to a destination that, for some reason, I have never made it to. I made it to the Studebaker museum last year, but my schedule didn’t allow for Auburn.
Finally, a gathering I might actually get to attend!
I was there late last fall, so I wouldn’t be opposed to making the trip again, It’s only about three hours from here, so I could day trip it.
This will be fun!
Wish I could make it…..have a great weekend, guys!
I will drink a beer (or three) for you. However, I cannot promise that it will be warm. 🙂
Aww, man. If you guys were doing this next week I could easily ignore the entire possibility. But October is far enough away, and the weather will be perfect, and the barge in ship-shape…I just need a Kickstarter campaign for gas money.
I visited the ACD in 1990, along with the Indy museum and James Dean’s childhood home. I wonder if much has changed at any of those places.
You can pay for gas by bringing paying passengers. You could handle, what, 10 of them? 🙂
It seats about 20.
So c’mon and bring your juke box money…
Intriguing. It’d be a quite long trip from Richmond (about 650 miles one way) but I have wanted to visit the ACD museum for a long time. The Air Force museum in Dayton is almost no detour on the way up or back. If the Volvo is sorted by then…might be doable…
I’ll be traveling in the new car I bought myself back in the spring, though at this point it’s already a seasoned trip veteran…I’ve been busy this year!
Sounds like fun. I’d give the odds as a little worse than 50/50, but if, come October, the old Time/Money Dilemma permits me to get my nose off the grindstone for long enough, I’d very much like to make the trek in my bowtie-wearing Deadly Sin. Maybe not the “funkiest” CC there, but probably the deadliest.
Maybe not the “funkiest” CC there, but probably the deadliest.
Considering the various cars people mention here, the bar is set pretty high. To have a lock on “funkiest”, you would probably need something like a Henry J.
That’s funkiness at a level James Brown would’ve had a hard time keeping up with.