Civilised Drive Through!
Uncommon Grounds Indeed.
A Souvenir 🙂
The Keetwatin Martime Museum
Deer in the Garden
Whilst we were on the last trip we took a trip up to Saugatuck, a lovely area on Lake Michigan.
We stayed at a very nice place called Bella Vita Spa and Suites, which is just off the pretty main street.
There are lovely beaches and the river is very pretty, particularly Oval Beach.
We found a brilliant little coffee shop called Uncommon Grounds, excellent coffee(roasted on site) really nice food, books and free wi-fi. What more would you need!!
There is another small town nearby called Douglas where we had an excellent dinner at The Everyday People Cafe
The Art Deco Showroom
A picture from the stairs showing an excellent view of the car and the original showroom floor.
Original Clay Model From The Thirties!
Displays of other vehicles that used to be built in the area, such as Studebaker
The preserved building sign outside the showroom in Auburn
As part of our road trip we visited the fantastic Auburn Cord Dusenberg Museum in Auburn IL
The museum has a fantastic display of all three marques (and other cars), and is sited at the old factory and showroom. The showroom is particularly interesting, it has been restored to it’s former art deco glory. The entrance fee is very low and the whole thing is maintained by enthusiasts.
The original offices of E.L.Cord and the design offices have been restored.
There is an excellent Gordon Buehrighttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Buehrig exhibit and also his clay models and drawings are on display along with those of the various designers of the three marques.
An excellent museum, well worth a visit!
Whilst we were there we watched the Ben Stiller film “Tropic Thunder” which was really funny.
Strange thing was there were only four people in the cinema including us, during the show the weather was so bad there was a power cut. The reason it was so quiet was that the cinema had only been open for a few days. We stayed at an any excellent Hampton Inn (also brand new) and ate at a Buffalo Wild Wings (very frendly, good food, again brand new) All three were next to each other on a new development just outsise Auburn.
We stayed in downtown Indianapolis which was very nice, especially the Monument Circle area.
Stayed at the Hampton Inn Downtown, however this hotel was not up to Hampton’s normal standard.
The parking guys in the area are a little over zealous, so watch out!
We were in the States recently and had a vew road trips out of Chicago.
One of the places we visited was Indianapolis and the Motor Speedway
Graham Hill and Jim Clark are mentioned in quite a lot of the exhibits as you would expect.
The museum is pretty good, however I would not make a special trip to see it!
We have a 1966 Triumph Herald which we are currently working on as the MOT is due soon.
Things to do:
Sort out ignition switch
Attend to very slight surface rust on floors
Fit electric washer pump
Sort out perished foam on fron seats
Will keep you posted on the progess
Some information on the Herald
We spent a few days in Chicago, some of the time was spent down a the lakefront in Grant Park which offers great views of the city.
Since our last visit the new Trump building is now very visible on the skyline
The next day we were walking in Naperville and spotted these beauties!
Whist I’m catching up on a few things, here are a few pictures from our visit to Starved Rock National Park in Utica IL.
Had a really nice walk and lunch, Starved Rock really is a lovely place to visit and relax
I just noticed the news that the car spindle/kebab made famous by the “Wayne’s World” film has been demolished.
Stories can be found here and
It was for sale on eBay at one point, listing can be found here
Karen and I visited it recently on our trip just in time it would appear 🙂