Saturday, September 12, 2009

ACD Festival

After not being able to upload photos to my blog, I started thinking, "Hey, someone might actually be interested in reading about the event." Then I laughed and pushed it off for another day. Well, my computer still doesn't want to cooperate, so what you get is a written description of the ACD Festival.
Thursday was the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum's Extravaganza Fundraiser. Hagerty was a sponsor of the event. It was a black-tie affair and a magnificent show! Clive Cussler was present, auctioning off the opportunity to be a character in his next book. The lucky winner took home the honors for $23k. Another great highlight of the evening was a 1930 Duesenberg Model J went for $3,000,000!! Wow!
The Kruse Auction was the Kruse Auction. As Forrest Gump puts it, "That's all I have to say about that."
Saturday was the Worldwide Auction which started at 6:00pm. I have to mention, Worldwide puts on an extremely classy auction. Everything ran very smooth and was well coordinated. They truly are the next big name in the Auction world! Around 85 cars went across the block, including a 1936 Delehaye 135 Competition Top was bid up to $3,050,000 but unfortunately didn't sell. Signs of the economy showed at the auction, with a low percentage of the vehicles meeting their reserves. With how well Worldwide is ran, I'm confident they were able to negotiate deals after the hammer dropped.
Saturday was also a great show in the park of Auburn. Auburns, Cords, and Duesenbergs were on display, separated based on make. After touring around the park for a while, admiring the beauty, I ran into a group of Young Hagerty Judges. It was so great to see kids getting involved in the hobby, going through the cars with a fine-tooth comb, judging them. To learn more about Hagerty's Youth Judging programs, check out

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