After an unbelievably successful inaugural year, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival TruckFest is back. The second annual TruckFest is expected to be even bigger and better than last year. “The Festival was thrilled with the outcome of the first annual event and anticipates the number of trucks to at least double this year,” said TruckFest 2002 Chairman Todd Esterline.

Head for Auburn on Saturday, July 13, 2002 to enjoy a day filled with a truck show, truck contests, field contests for adults and children, vendors, music, food and fun. Registration begins at 8:00 am, and judging ends at 1:00 PM. Awards will be presented at 2:00 PM.

Contests will be held throughout the day. Contests include: Crank It Up, Burn Out, Best Paint, Best Engine, Best Interior, Loudest Exhaust, Highest Lift, Lowest Truck, and Longest Distance Traveled. All winners will be selected by the businesses sponsoring each contest.

Crowd response will definitely have an impact on the judges’ decisions. New to TruckFest this year is the children’s events. Kids will be able to participate in contests such as the Tire Change Race and Tire Roll. Kids’ Art Tent will provide children with an opportunity to create automotive-related artwork. “The committee is really excited to be able to offer events this year for all age groups. It will truly be a family event,” said Esterline.

Papa John’s Pizza is sponsoring a pizza-eating contest to be held during the show. This contest was introduced last year and was MC’d by B93 DJ’s.

Show classes are Modified Mini 2WD, Modified Mini 4WD, Modified 2WD, Full Size-Post 1950, Modified 4WD Full Size, Stock Antiques Pre-1960, Stock 1960-79, Stock 1980-present, Street Rod, Mini SUV Stock, Full Size SUV Stock, Mini SUV Modified, Full Size SUV Modified, Best of Show, Ugliest Truck and Business Work Truck. Show class winners will be determined by People’s Choice Voting. The show class portion of the event is sponsored by Rhino Linings of Fort Wayne.

TruckFest 2002 is presented by the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, and is sponsored by Auburn Chrysler Dodge & Jeep. Fort Waynes Country Station B93 will be on site all day with its radio personalities. Truck contests are sponsored by Auburn Undercar Center, Tireville, Inc. Hartman Auto Body, fort Wayne Clutch and Driveline, Bralin laser Services, jasper Engines & Transmissions, and Hicksville Bank/Auburn Banking Center.

Registration is $10.00 per truck. Dash plaques and goodie bags will be provided to the first 125 registered participants. Spectators will be admitted at no charge.

This year TruckFest 2002 will be staged in a new location. The show has outgrown its original home at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum and National Automotive and Truck Museum of the United States grounds, so it will be held in a five acre lot next to the Auburn Chrysler Dodge & Jeep Dealership at 500 N. Grandstaff in Auburn, IN

The mission of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival is to promote tourism, community pride, and automotive heritage. From August 29 through September 2, the Festival will welcome 300,000 people to Auburn. The Festival also hosts CycleFest each spring, an event that recently hosted nearly 1.300 motorcycles from 135 cities.

For more information, contact the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival office at 260-925-3600 or visit the Festival’s website at www

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