Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival 2015 Parade, Concours and Collector Car Auctions

Duesenberg Drags

Vintage Duesenbergs gathered at the Goshen, Indiana Airport for the “Duesenberg Drags.” They let those big Duesenberg engines roar. What a sight. (Photos by Bob Boberg of


Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival Concours …

What a fitting finale for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the largest collection of Duesenbergs ever. With over 75 Duesenberg vintage motorcars assembled in Auburn, Indiana for the 59th Annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, the promoters invited them to compete against each other on the Goshen, Indiana Airport runway. They closed off a runway and let those beautiful Duesenberg motors roar. It was a sight that few will ever see so we thought we’d have to show you the Duesenberg Thunder Run here in video:

We’re on the way back from the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival 2015 for Labor Day weekend. The show ended on Labor Day,  September 7, 2015. It was the ultimate “homecoming” for all Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg motorcar owners. Cars On coverage of the show was provided by Donna and Bob Boberg of You’ll see some of their photos here below.

The theme of this year’s show was “The Year of the Duesenberg” and over 75 Duesenbergs were to appear here, more than we’ve ever seen before at this show.  Early in the morning the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Concours was held in Eckhart Park in downtown Auburn. Bob Boberg of caught this short video at Eckhart Park. Click the video window to see more Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs:

It rained on their parade here at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival in Auburn, Indiana on Saturday morning. But it could not spoil the fun as a great turnout of rare Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs were on hand.   Early in the morning the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Concours was held in Eckhart Park in downtown Auburn. It was followed by the famous Auburn Cord Duesenberg Parade from the park and down Jackson Street to the Courthouse Square.  Here are some shots from the concours in the park:

Included in the weekend’s events here in Auburn, Indiana were a concours in Eckhart Park, the big Auburn Cord Duesenberg Parade on Saturday, tours of the ACD Museum and two world class collector car auctions, the Auctions America sale at Auburn Auction Park and the Worldwide Auction at the museum complex. Cars On Line has been covering this great show for the past three years, and it is one of our favorite events each year.

Indiana was the home to over one hundred classic motorcar companies. In fact, more classic motorcar marques came from Indiana than in Michigan where Detroit is the center of the automotive industry. The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum is one of the most interesting museums of automotive history in the country. It is housed in the actual headquarters of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Motorcar Company when E.L. Cord built it. The original giant art deco showroom and historic offices where reknown designers such as Gordon Buehrig and Alan Leamy plied their trade still exist today. Explore the museum with us this year as we enjoy a weekend of fun during the Auburn Cord Dusenberg Festival 2015 homecoming.

Meanwhile, just down the freeway at the Auburn Auction Park, Auctions America was holding their Labor Day Weekend collector car sale. The signature car for the sale, a 1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Roadster sold Saturday for $1,275,000. Look at what we found at the auction:

 For more of the story see an article written by Bob Boberg of Some of the results of the Auctions American sale are available at

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3 Responses to Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival 2015 Parade, Concours and Collector Car Auctions

  1. george September 8, 2015 at 8:11 am #

    having concours show at COBBLE BEACH GOLF Owen Sound Ont. next week

  2. John Lauter September 8, 2015 at 10:15 am #

    While this was a LOT of Duesenbergs, there was a meet at the Gilmore museum in 1987 that featured 50, coun’t em, 50 model J Duesenbergs. The Clark Gable and Gary Cooper SSJ roadsters were there, so many one-off cars you couldn’t get them all in one shot.

  3. john holland September 16, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

    i found a Duesenburg in France 25 years ago…this collection was of about 30 cars all of them saved from the breakers yards and in poor condition. a Duesenburg there was said to be an ex Clark Gable car…it was in need of complete restoration. but saved.mouse eaten seats and flat tires….still very nice to see

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