The Great Car Museum Tour: Snooks Dream Cars

Bowling Green, Ohio
Monday, July 18, 2006

I overnighted in Bowling Green, Ohio, and just across the freeway from my hotel was a private car museum, Snook’s Dream Cars.

A private collection and restoration shop operated by the Snook family, it’s one of the better private museums I’ve seen.

Everything from race cars to pedal cars was on display, including a Kaiser-Darrin and companion pedal car, a shrunken 56 Ford, Model Ts and mundane grocery-getters, all in pristine condition.

Snooks Dream Cars
Snooks Dream Cars.
Kaiser Darrin
A 1953 Kaiser Darrin with its companion kiddie car.
The iconic 1957 Ford Thunderbird.
Picture Dinah Shore singing “See the USA In Your Chevrolet” to this beauty.

The Great Car Museum Tour: Ypsilanti, Hudsons, Willow Run and Preston Tucker

A short drive from Detroit is the small town of Ypsilanti, home of a surprising number of seemingly unconnected automotive milestones. My first stop was the World’s Last Hudson Dealer, Miller Motors, and the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum, and the National Corvair Museum. All at the same location, 100 East Cross Street. It’s also part of the Motor Cities National Heritage Area.

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The Great Car Museum Tour: Lockport Covered Bridge

Checking out some squiggly lines on a map, I ended up heading northeast on County Road 40a from Auburn. After crossing the state line into Ohio, the road was now state route 249. Joining up with SR-2, I headed more north, I think. It was a beautiful drive through Ohio farm country.

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The Great Car Museum Tour: Auburn-Cord- Duesenberg Museum, National Automotive and Truck Museum of the United States

Auburn, Indiana
Sunday, July 17, 2006

The Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum in Auburn, Indiana is legendary in car circles. It didn’t disappoint.

Auburn Historic MarkerThe museum fills most of the car company’s old Art Deco administration building with priceless Duesys, Auburns and Cords. Exhibits on the company and history are also excellent.

Upstairs, an exhibit on Indiana’s automotive history is also fantastic.

These cars aren’t for the casual collector and their musuem is a great recipient of their generosity. The cars are all in fabulous condition and nicely displayed.

Just as with the rest of the spots on this tour, I was suprised that there were very few people visiting on a beautiful summer day. Being from San Diego, most people asked why I would take my vacation in the Midwest; anybody who can goes to San Diego in the summer. I hope that means that the local folk frequent these museums the rest of the year.

Behind the administration building and ACD Museum is the National Automotive and Truck Musuem, housed in what was once the Auburn Automobile Company’s research and engineering building. It’s a large private collection with a wide variety of brands, vehicles and toys. End

Me at the ACD Museum
That’s me in the window of the old Auburn Automobile Company headquarters, now the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum.
An early Deusenberg… the ultimate car of its time.
Auburn Speedster
Auburn Speedster.