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Antiques to take your breath away
February 22 was chilly. There were long shadows from the morning sun. Drivers and passengers of fifteen cars met in Newburgh for instructions. More would join us along the way.

There was a discernible level of excitement in the air and it wasn't from the typical eagerness to fly through the countryside. We hoped to see something extraordinary when we reached our destination.

First we made our way to Boonville along HWY 261.

The winter scenery gave a few hints of the coming spring.

A series of tight right turns kept things interesting.

Southern Indiana farmland.

62 eventually turns northeast and slips through Gentryville where we turned onto 162.

162 cuts through Lincoln State Park.

A short but pleasant drive for Porsche owners, 162 eventually leads under 231 and on to Santa Claus, Indiana.

Just beyond 231 we stopped at the Marathon Station to meet Bob Donnelly and a couple of his friends who would lead us to a private collection of antique automobiles.

Our destination was not far away.

We climbed a narrow drive past an elegant home and parked among a small cluster of buildings.

Do you remember what it was like when you were a kid on Christmas morning and you were about to find out what Santa left for you? It was kind of like that.

If you consider the bright colors and the glittering brass and nickle plated hardware, the first impression was something like a Christmas morning. Visions of a Bugatti and Duesenbergs and Packards danced in our heads (and they were real).

This, for example, was a 1934 Bugatti Type 57 Rumble Seat Roadster, designed by Ettore Bugatti's son Jean and built for German movie star Hella Hartwich. This car was named Best of Show at the 2016 Keenland Concours.

Don Brandenberg studied the car's stylish lines.

Judy Ridings and the 1933 Duesenberg Model J LeGrande Dual-Cowl Phaeton.

Greg Eyer examined the Model J's interior.

Jason Hoggatt and his son John were impressed with the enormous straight 8 engine.

Our guide revealed the supercharged 8-cylinder engine of an Auburn 851 SC Speedster from 1935 for Joe Wolf to appreciate. With 150 HP, this boattail sports car was guaranteed by the factory to exceed 100 MPH in stock form.

Lots of people took lots of pictures. Here, Phil Green composed a shot.

He was looking at this 1908 Simplex Speed Car.

Mike Mammoser photographed this 1939 Packard radiator cap ornament.

Rich Gustafson carefully framed the ornament on a 1934 Pierce Arrow.

People shot whole cars, too. Here are Randy Brown and his son Stephen, with Mike Mammoser and Jean Wolf in the background.

Some SIR members like Dawn Green and Judy Ridings simply enjoyed seeing the beautiful old cars like the 1912 Underslung (white) and 1913 Mercer Sportabout (yellow). These cars' delicate looks were deceiving, however. According to the information about the Mercer, it was one of the "muscle cars" of its time, capable of 80 MPH.

The 1909 Knox Racer on the right was intended for track use and was said to be very fast. National Racers like the one on the left were also fast and won many races, including the 1912 Indianapolis 500. Nationals were made in Indianapolis but none of the racers were built in the factory. All were built in garages. On the Wikipedia page for National Motor Vehicle Company, this car appears to have been driven at the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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