Wow, I had a great time last weekend at the 45th Annual Hoosier Auto Show & Swap Meet Automotive Literature & Small Collectible Exchange.
While many auto enthusiasts gather in balmy Arizona for the winter auto auctions, fellow Hoosier auto nuts gathered at the Brickyard Crossing Pavilion in Speedway for this popular event.
Dennis E. Horvath at the
Hoosier Auto Show & Swap Meet
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In addition to my author signing event for our book Indiana cars: A History of the Automobile in Indiana, I had the chance to be photographed with Parnelli Jones’ baby Borg Warner trophy. Parnelli had recently passed through Indianapolis and left the trophy at the show for this photo opportunity.
This was a special treat for me because it reminded me of attending my first Indianapolis 500 in 1963 and seeing Parnelli, my favorite driver, win. I’ve previously shared the story of my first 500, and this was a great reminder.
I always find this to be a great event to peruse automotive literature. I usually find something to add to my collection. This year I found 1950’s copies of Speed Age Magazine that I plan to use for future articles and blogs.
It’s a great place to network with other auto enthusiasts. One person shared photos of the 1951 Studebaker convertible that he had found on ebay. Others talked about previous years’ auto events and some in the future.
I recommend the Hoosier Auto Show & Swap Meet Automotive Literature & Small Collectible Exchange as a great winter auto event. You know where I’ll be during the third weekend of next January.