Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum and the Great Race

Car #56, a 1933 Ford Speedster.
Any way you look at it, Auburn, Indiana is a great destination.

In June 2017, the Great Race planned a stop for the night in Auburn, Indiana. That seemed a good excuse to visit one of my favorite places, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum. The museum lives in the restored headquarters of the Auburn Automobile Company. Auburn automobiles ended in 1937. The corporate showroom is still one of the great Art Deco spaces in the world, thanks both to the design of the room and the cars it contains. I arrived with hours to spare before racers crossed the finish line, which gave me ample time to photograph the museum and then witness the race. Follow me through these images of automotive grace and grit.