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Weekend of car shows, tours celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial

08/19/2016

Kokomo played an integral part in Indiana’s evolution as a major player in the automotive industry. So in honor of the state’s Bicentennial, it seems fitting that the city is putting Indiana’s deep automotive heritage on full display during two car shows in one weekend. Kokomo Salutes Indiana’s Automotive Heritage 1894-1964 Bicentennial Celebration is endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.

First up will be the Classic Car Club of America Grand Classic on Saturday, Sept. 10, in Highland Park. Motorcars from the Classic Era — Haynes, Apperson, Stutz, Marmons and more — will be on display from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kokomo-built Haynes and Apperson automobiles will be on display. There’s no admission fee.

Sunday, Sept. 11, will bring the Grand Indiana Bicentennial Motor Muster to Jackson-Morrow Park. This event will feature unique and historically significant Indiana-built cars, including Classics from 1915 to 1948, as well as special interest cars through 1976. The free event is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with an old-time brass band from 2 to 4 p.m.

To learn more about Kokomo’s many contributions to Indiana’s automotive heritage, take part in a Historic Kokomo Tour. Guided tours will be offered daily Sept. 8-10 with stops at the Seiberling Mansion, Elwood Haynes Museum and the Kokomo Automotive Museum. They will depart at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily from the Kokomo Automotive Museum, where guests can view the “Hoosier Made: World Driven” exhibit. The three-part installation is in partnership with the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum and Studebaker National Museum. To purchase tour tickets, call 765-454-9999.

For more information on Howard County’s Bicentennial plans, including a list of events and activities, check out VisitKokomo.org/2016.