Auburn, Indiana is one of the most historic automotive towns in the US and in 2016 the Internet Checker Taxicab Archive Convention will visit this great city. Checkers are from Kalamazoo, why is the group going to Auburn? Auburn presents two great Checker related activities.
First, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum presents some great opportunities for Checker fans. The Art Deco museum is stunning and is a time capsule capturing the glamor and elegance of the former administrative offices and company showroom. Internet Checker Taxicab Archive members will be able tour the full museum accompanied by ACD automotive historians and walk the halls of Checker’s one time parent company ACD.
A walk down the center showroom staircase will generate goosebumps. Visitors will be able to view the ACD’s 1933 Checker Model T and Checker X braced frame designer Herbert Snow’s ACD office. More importantly visitors will see the largest collection of Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs in the world.
Second, Facebook Checker Cab Group Club members will also tour the National Auto and Truck Museum. Why the National Truck and Automobile Museum? Well known Checker collector and friend Bob Welsh donated his six Checker automobiles to the National Automotive and Truck Museum in 2012.
A full line of vintage Checkers will be on displays, in addition to the ACD Model Y, the recently restored 1950 Checker A4 will make its first public display since restoration.
In addition to the museum tours and shows participants will have the opportunity to socialize over meals and other fun events. This is essentially a free event, the budget minded Checker fan can come to this event and display their Checker from Friday through Sunday at the ACD’s new display center for free, no charge, park and hang out all weekend long and pay nothing!
That said for more Checker fun we have set up some activities that require payment, meals and tours. We have a dinner scheduled at the ACD in the Duesenberg Room at 6 PM on Friday the 12th , the fee for the dinner is $15.00. If you want to participate in one of the guided tours at the ACD on Friday and Saturday, there will be an additional fee of $15.00. Total cost for all activities at ACD $30.00 for both dinner and a tour. The buffet will be Italian themed.
At the National Truck & Auto Museum, we’ll have a Dutch themed dinner at 6 PM, fee for the dinner will be $14.00 and dinner we’ll give you access to the museum and the various guided tours at NATMUS. That’s it from a fee perspective.
Additionally at the NATMUS, we’ll have a flea market in the back of the museum, so please bring your Checker parts. You’ll also be able to park and photograph your Checker in front of the vintage Gulf gas station! More details to follow.
Bottom line if you engage in all activities, total cost is $44.00 per person or free if you just want to park your Checker and hang out. Please email me: Joe Fay at Drivermatica8@yahoo.com if you want to secure dinners or tours. In terms of other costs: there are none, we will not be running any auctions, raffles or any other activity that appears to be panhandling for money, no trophies, no egos, no my Checker is better than yours events. No contests or awards, just the fun of hanging out with fellow Checker owners and seeing perhaps the finest collections of Checkers, Duesenberg, Auburns and Cords in the world.
In terms of hotels, we are not utilizing a host hotel, the goal is to keep Checker fans at the event as opposed to sitting in hotel rooms. We have identified six budget minded hotels, all within two miles of the events. Please call ASAP to secure a room.
More details to follow, for information or to secure your participation, please email Drivermatica8@yahoo.com
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