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Museum Presents Lecture On Racing History

On Wednesday, February 24 at 6:00 pm, Jon Bill, curator of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum will give a public presentation celebrating the record-setting achievements of the Cord automobile. Bill’s lecture will be accompanied with superb rare vintage photographic images. The event will be held in the Terence E. Adderley Gallery of Racers and Record-Setters. Entry to the lecture is free with paid admission to the museum.

In 1937, to prove the capabilities of its new supercharged V-8 engine and to garner some much needed publicity, the Auburn Automobile Company brought two Cord sedans to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in an attempt to capture the Stevens Challenge Trophy. The Stevens Trophy was awarded to the American stock car that could maintain the highest average speed for 24-hours at the Speedway. The Cords were victorious, setting a record that stood for more than 16 years. Now, for the first time since 1937, the Cord #1 that participated in the endurance run and the Stevens Trophy are reunited for exhibition at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. The Cord #1 is on loan from the National automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection) of Reno, Nevada, and the Stevens Trophy is on loan from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.

The museum is located in the original 1930s national headquarters of the legendary Auburn Automobile Company and is a National Historic Landmark. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Last admission one hour before closing. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Visit the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, a place where automotive history comes to life! Shop the Museum Store Online today!