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Michiana Brits' Spring Drive to Auburn, Indiana

By Larry Palguta

Saturday morning, May 18th, began as a cold morning on a day that was predicted to warm up to about 85 degrees in South Bend. The wiser males wore shorts; I didn’t wear shorts. Our meeting place was Stack’s Pancake House on CR 17 at the east side of Elkhart. Only Mike Scullion and Vicki Bloom arrived early enough for breakfast, the rest of the South Bend/Mishawaka crew showed up a little before 9 AM.

Drive leader Roger Deacon and navigator Ruth Deacon handed out maps to the travelers – Kai Shepherd (Mini Cooper), Mike Scullion & Vicki Bloom (MGB), Larry & Deb Palguta (MGB), PJ & Janet Dillon (TR-6), Bob Kerstetter (MGB), and Bob & Mary Petersen (MGB). The group left Stack’s a little after 9 AM and headed south on CR 17.

The drive went as planned as we turned onto CR 40 and drove through Waterford Mills to SR 15 South. But when we arrived at CR 42, there was a “Road Closed Due to Construction” sign that kept us headed south on SR 15. After some jogging around to the east and the south, we intersected US 6 and Roger decided to stay on this road to Ligonier. It was a good decision because we rolled into the McDonald’s at 9:59 AM for our 10 AM rendezvous with Dick and Judy Birch.

After a short bio and stretch break, Roger led us on the planned route that put us on SR8 to Auburn including a slight jog to the south to bring us up Wayne Street to the Museums. Arriving about 11 AM, we found plenty of parking in the lot used by both the Auburn Cord Duesenberg and National Automobile & Truck Museums. Several new Brits members met us for the tour of the Automobile & Truck Museum. We agreed to meet later and head over to Mad Anthony’s Tap Room for lunch in downtown Auburn.

A wide range of vehicles are in the museum.

1948 Valentine Diner – built in Wichita, KS and shipped to Angola, IN

1903 Ford Model A Tonneau – 4th oldest Ford in existence – 121st Ford ever produced.

1909 Hupmobile Model 20 – cost less than a Ford Model T

1953 Futurliner #10 by GM


The Longest Stretch Checker Taxi and a 1935 Auburn Boat-tail Speedster

A 1931 Twin Coach

Studebaker Hawk

One long table for 19 diners

After our visit to the museum, we drove over to the town square, parked and walked a short block to Mad Anthony’s Tap House. We had 19 for lunch which went well until two meals were inadvertently taken by another waitress/waiter. So our two diners had a long wait for their lunches which the restaurant provide at no-charge. The western group then caravanned back toward South Bend/Mishawaka and the eastern group drove other directions to their abodes.


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