AUBURN, Ind. (WFFT) -- The sounds of early 20th century engines filled the streets of Auburn today for the second annual Father’s Day Classic Car Cruise.
Hosted by the Auburn Cord Dusenberg Automobile Museum, it’s a unique way for people to get a taste of what life was like 90 years ago.
“We try to get people to connect with our collection and our history and our mission on a daily basis, and what better way to do that than actually having a drive or a ride in one of our vehicles,” museum executive director and CEO Brandon Anderson said.
The pandemic forced the museum to cancel the cruise in 2020.
But the inaugural event two years ago was a huge success.
“In 2019 we had 300 people turn up and we were here from 2 to 7 o’clock at night,” Anderson said. “So it turned out to be a bigger event than any of us expected.”
Car fans like Bob Berger are happy it came back after a year off.
“Things were kind of idle, but they survived. We’re glad we’re here, and it’s fun,” he said.
Guests had five cars to choose from, all of which were made in the 1930s, for a quick cruise around town.
“We’re seeing people coming here from Virginia, from Erie, Pennsylvania just from the couple of rides that I’ve given today,” Anderson said.
The car most people were interested in was the 1930 Dusenberg Model J.
“It’s a beautiful car and it just purrs going down the road,” Berger said.
But getting a ride in any of these cars is special.
“This is a once in a lifetime experience, and I think it will live on in our lives for a long time,” Berger said. “They’ll tell their kids and tell other people, and it’ll get bigger and bigger.”
“This is not something that’s going away,” Anderson said. “We want more people to love the classics, and it’s our job here representing the home of classics to get people into them.”