(AUBURN, IN) – Beginning on Sunday, August 29th, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum will kick off a host of events to take place during the 2021 Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival. After a one-year hiatus, the annual Labor Day Festival returns with events beginning on Saturday August 28th and continuing through Saturday September 4th. A complete schedule of Festival events and details can be found at https://www.acdfestival.org.
The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum will kick off Festival week as a participant in the Annual Garage Cruise, taking place on August 29th from 10 A.M. until 4 P.M. The 2021 Garage Cruise has been dubbed “The Year of the Restoration Shop.” Take a Sunday drive to visit the garages and shops of local automotive enthusiasts and business owners for a behind-the-scenes look at their automotive projects. The museum will have its Collections & Conservation Center and Collections Storage Facility on the tour. Visit the National Auto & Truck Museum at 1000 Gordon Buehrig Place, Auburn, or any of the Garage Tour stops for tickets. For more information call (260) 925-9100.
The ACDAM will also host a free concert outdoors at the Education & Exhibit Plaza on the museum campus on Thursday, September 2. The Sweetwater All Stars will be on the main stage at the plaza located adjacent from the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. Music starts at 6:00 PM and ends at 9:00 PM. Food trucks and cash bars will also be available throughout the event. Members of the community and supporters are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets out to this family-friendly event. To purchase VIP tickets, which includes prime reserved parking for your vehicle, VIP tent, and more benefits, please visit https://acdamstore.com/products/classic-car-concert-vip-ticket. Only 50 VIP tickets are available, so be sure to get yours early!
On Friday, September 3, professional racecar driver, Lyn St. James, will be at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in the Gallery of Racers and Record Setters for a meet and greet event from 1:30 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. Lyn St. James is a former American race car driver and is the first woman driver to reach over 200 mph on a racetrack. She competed in the IndyCar series, with eleven CART and five Indy Racing League starts to her name. St. James is one of nine women who have qualified for the Indianapolis 500, and became the first woman to win the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award. Artifacts on temporary loan from St. James’ career from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and The Henry Ford will be on display at the museum during this program and during the ACD Festival. Museum admission is required to attend this event. Visit www.automobilemuseum.org for museum information, including admission prices.
On Saturday, September 4, the museum will host its annual Connecting Rods Lunch from 11 A.M. until 12 P.M., and the annual Gatsby Gala from 7 P.M. until 11 P.M. The Connecting Rods Luncheon is an opportunity to join others from around the globe with a connection to the Auburn Automobile Company. Enjoy lunch with past employees and their relatives for this special event. Museum Curator, Sam Grate, will deliver a special presentation that examines the life of Robert Wiley and the impact of the Export department at the Auburn Automobile Company. Tickets are required and can be purchased at https://acdamstore.com/products/connecting-rods-lunch-tickets.
The Gatsby Gala is a 1920s themed evening of dancing, period inspired cocktails, and a live big band! Master the dance floor with The New Millennium Jazz Orchestra and celebrate with friends and family! The rhythm will be swingin’, your feet will be tappin’, and everyone will be dancin’. Make a statement, and take part in a dazzling experience. Doors open at 7:00 PM and the event lasts until 11:00 PM. Tickets are $50 for non-members, $30 for members, and $250 per table of eight. For more information call (260) 925-1444, or visit https://acdamstore.com/collections/gatsby-gala-ball to purchase tickets.
About Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum
The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum – where the world’s finest cars of yesterday live today! Over 120 classic, antique, vintage, and special interest cars are displayed with other automotive related exhibits on three floors. The museum is in the original 1930s national headquarters of the legendary Auburn Automobile Company and is a National Historic Landmark. The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is one of just 26 museums in Indiana accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, signifying a continued commitment to excellence, accountability, and continued institutional improvement. The museum is open from 9:00am – 5:00pm daily. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Visit the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, a place where automotive history comes to life! 1600 S. Wayne St. Auburn, IN, 46706 | (260) 925-1444 | automobilemuseum.org.
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