CONNERSVILLE REGIONAL MEET

AUGUST 26-28, 2022

CONNERSVILLE: E.L. CORD’S LEGACY-MORE THAN AUTOMOBILES

 

Let us begin with the introduction of Connersville’s ACD MiniMeet’s new calendar date, August 26th-28th, 2022. An introduction suggests a purpose and a plan.  Our purpose is to highlight the shared histories of E.L. Cord’s automotive empire with an emphasis on their similarities as well as the unique features of each.  The plan centers around all the activities of the weekend that focus on each member’s ACD passion and “The Cars”.  Randy Ema, the featured speaker for our banquet is an internationally known ACD historian and speaker, as well as a collector and restorer of these wonderful cars. 

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES

Friday:

12 -5 Check-in, registration and hospitality

         5:30 Cookout  at Robinson’s Whitewater River Campground

               (meal provided)

Saturday:

Breakfast on your own.

        9:00-1:00 Tour of remains of Central Manufacturing

        11:00-12:00 Tour of Dwayne Robinson’s building displaying his Lexington

        12:00-1:30 Lunch and Cruise-In at Kunkel’s Drive In (food on your own)

        2:00-4:00 Tour of Indiana Ordinance, once the AVCO Proving Grounds

                   ( Hors d’oeuvres provided)

         4:00-5:30 Break

         5:30-6:30 Tour of Historic Elmhurst

         6:30 Banquet with Randy Ema

               (Meal provided)

Sunday:

         9:30 Brunch at the Fayette County Historical Museum (meal provided)

        Public viewing of cars.

1:00 Trolley ride to historical points of interest and conclude at Rummel’s home for a tour  

         4:00 Pizza get together with Randy Ema and/or some entertainment at the Park Pavilion(Meal provided)

We hope you plan to attend the Connersville meet and then motor up to Auburn with the option of traveling on Indiana Highway #1, the same “path”used to exercise the cars when they were manufactured in Connersville.  So, there you have it!  We would like to call this your “2-2-4-Event” - - - 2meets, 2 weekends, 4 you!

Lodging Options 

HOTELS/MOTELS/B And B’s

  1. The Woodridge Inn( Block of 20 rooms reserved here)

3700 Western Avenue, Connersville, IN 47331, United States

+1(765) 825-4800

  1. COBBLESTONE INN & SUITES - BROOKVILLE  

9135 U.S. 101 , BROOKVILLE, INDIANA 47012

+1(844)-684-9427

  1.   Quality Inn Near Amish Country

320 Conrad Harcourt Way, Rushville, IN 46173

+1(765) 570-4137

  1. Indiana Ordnance Innovations

901 W 21ST ST Connersville IN 47331 USA

Bed & Breakfast

+1(765) 825-7527

  1.   Newhouse Family Inn

603 E Main St, Lewisville, IN 47352

1(765) 465-3050

  1. Woodland Retreat Lodge

25124 Kokomo Hill Rd, Laurel, IN 47024

+1(765) 698-2294

  1. Rosie Kay Cottage

765-265-4133

  1. The Hidden Gem(see listing on Airbnb for Connersville)

Airbnb - Google “stays in Connersville, Aug. 26-28,  2022”.    78 places within easy driving distance of Connersville.  There is one in Connersville( see Indiana Ordnance Innovations)  and three others between Cambridge City and Connersville.

 Pre-Register for Connersville 2022

There are several ways to register for the Connersville Mini-meet:

  1.  Go to Connersville ACD Club-Regional Meet or Connersville, Indiana “Little Detroit” Facebook pages and fill out the registration form in the article advertising the meet.
  2. Go to the ACD Club - Boattail Digital Newsletter, find the article on the Connersville 2022 meet, and fill out the form at the end of the article.  Copy and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  3. Go to the ACD Club’s website:  https://www.acdclub.org/.  Find the article on the Connersville 2022 meet.  Make a copy of the form at the end of the article, complete and email or print and send a copy to: Brain Durham, 124 E 6th Street, Connersville, Indiana 47331.   Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For any questions or concerns please use the following contact information: 

Event Address: 124 E 6th Street, Connersville, Indiana

Contact us at 765-825-2561 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Connersville Regional ACD Meet will be held August 26-28 in 2022.  The activities planned are worth the wait after the past two years’ cancellations due to Covid; but more on all activities in the next issue.  Your Connersville Meet will end in time for the annual Auburn festivities.  Auburn is a little over a two hour drive from Conersville and can be driven on Indiana Highway #1, where the Connersville Cars were tested.  During this year’s meet, we are going to tell you about Cord’s little known AVCO holdings in Connersville, his work with the war effort and production during WWII, and how a young man, Lloyd “Slim” Davidson became one of Cord’s “right hand men”.  Slim was a man unknown by most club members and not recognized in Cord’s history.

We will present this fascinating piece of automobile history as if we are opening a time capsule.  But, with this time capsule, you will be standing where the events actually happened.  Slim Davidson was a creative genius and would take Cord and his AVCO Corporation into areas few have ever heard of.  As a tease, the culmination of many of the early events in Connersville led to the AVCO banner flying over a facility that was responsible for ICBM parts on the first nuclear submarine, the Polaris, as well as many other military achievements.  It is a wild and untold tale lost in history.

Oh, and did I mention anything about auto air conditioning? 

So, bring your Sherlock Holmes deerslayer cap, your favorite pipe, and join us to investigate more of Connersville’s automotive history.  Who knows–maybe Dr. Watson will show up!.

For further information contact:

Chris Friend    (765)265-4910

Sam Harvery   (765)827-0230

Jim Robinson   (765)825-9402

Event Address: 124 E 6th Street, Connersville, Indiana

Contact us at 765-825-2561 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Lodging:  Connersville Hotel(formerly Woodridge Inn), (765)825-5118

Bed and Breakfast–The Lodge at Indiana Ordnance, (765)825-7527, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For additional lodging suggestions, contact meet personnel.

ACD Annual Reunion

Labor Day Weekend, Thursday Sept 1st - Sunday Sep 4th, 2022

Registration is now OPEN. Click Here to Register ONLINE

 Meet Chairman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (419) 789-2601

Thursday
  • Arrival & Registration
  • ACD Festival Kickoff Luncheon
  • ACD Board of Directors Meeting
  • Art of the Automobile Annual ACD Automobile Museum Benefit -- NEW!!
  • E.L.Cord Gallery Grand Opening - ACD Automobile Museum -- NEW!!
  • 9th Street Experience
Friday
  • Club Swap Meet
  • ACD Auto Certification
  • ACD Driver's Tour to Country Heritage Winery
  • Judging Seminar & Tech Sessions
  • Night at the Museum Dinner
  • 9th Street Experience

Saturday

  • ACD Cars in Eckhart Park Judging & Car Show
  • Annual Parade of Classics
  • Taste of Italy Pasta Party
  • 9th Street Experience

Sunday

  • Membership Appreciation & Awards Brunch (9:30AM Start this year)
Citrus Meet

February 27 - March 1, 2022

St. Augustine, FL

Come join us for a warm, snow free weekend in Florida! 

Registration Form Here

Organizers - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (260) 927-4309

Eastern Meet

Memorial Day Weekend 2022

We're Back!!

Hello ACD’ers
On behalf of the Spring Meet Committee, I am very excited to announce that we will be having an Eastern Spring Meet over Memorial Day Weekend in 2022. Please join us in Gettysburg, PA for a fun 2-day event and reconnect with your ACD friends. It’s been a long time, and we are looking forward to hosting you all this spring.
The plan for the weekend is as follows:
  • Arrive on Friday, May 27th
  • Saturday May 28th - visit and tour the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing, A Donkey Rescue, and a picnic lunch
  • Sunday May 29th - visit and tour the Gettysburg National Park, along with a group dinner in the evening followed by a Gettysburg Ghost Tour!
  • Monday May 30th - go home 
We are planning on arranging to drive our ACD cars through the park, and have lots of photo opportunities along the way. So plan on bringing an ACD car for this once in a lifetime opportunity!
Hotel Reservations can be made using the web link here. Reservations MUST BE MADE BY MONDAY MARCH 28, 2022. 
 
the hotel is  the Comfort Suites - 945 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325 — phone is 717-334-6715
if you call, please reference the ACD Club Group — Group Number FR68M7
if you have any questions, please contact Jim O’Brien at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
-Jim, Tom, Lindsey, Dave
Auburn Warm-Up Meet

June 8-10, 2022


Meet Coordinators: 

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Jack & Luci Laughlin (260) 403-2251

June 2- 5, 2022

Hotel Corque, Solvang, CA

Organizers - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (805) 478-1231

REGISTRATION FORM HERE

65th Annual West Coast Regional Meet

Hotel Corque, Solvang, California June 2-5, 2022
Hotel Phone - 805-688-8000

Meet Schedule

Thursday, June 2

  • 9:30am – 4:00pm Driving tour on scenic California country roads visiting several locations ‐ Details TBD
  • 5:00pm ‐ 8:00pm Registration (Hospitality Room)

Friday, June 3

  • 8:00am ‐ 9:30am -  Registration
  • 10:00am ‐ 3:00pm - Driving Tours on Scenic Country Roads ‐ Details TBD
  • 6:30pm ‐ 8:00pm - Late Arrival Registration
  • 8:30pm ‐ 10:00pm - Restoration: A Live Forum with Roger Von Bergen, Randy Ema, Dennis Jasany, Allan McCrary, Gail Shaw, Mark Tomei and Curt Warner
 
 

*All registered attendees are encouraged to come on the tour, whether you are driving an ACD car or not. As recommended in the ACD newsletter, the ACD cars will lead the tour, followed by replicas and other non‐ACD cars following them.

Saturday, June 4

  • 7:00am ‐ 9:00am  - ACD Swap Meet
  • 9:00am ‐ 3:00pm - ACD Car Display & Judging Social Hour & No Host Bar Awards Banquet
  • 6:00pm ‐ 7:00pm - Social Hour & No Host Bar
  • 7:00pm ‐ 9:30pm - Awards Banquet
 

Sunday, June 5

  • Departure for home. Fond farewell to friends old and new. We wish you safe travels!