The Grand Prix Chapter cruise started in South Bend, IN at the Studebaker museum. I had been here years ago but I was pleasantly surprised as it is in a new home with other museums and the Oliver home next door. There was a great display of the history of the Studebaker company and its products. We also had a guided tour of the Oliver house. We spent more time there than we had planned for so we had a quick lunch at Wendy’s in town and then on down the road to Elkhart,IN to the RV museum. That also had a great display of the history of the RV industry. Then onto Shipshewana to see the Hostetler’s Hudson museum. We had a docent that gave us a guided tour and history of the collection, very interesting. We could have spent more time there but we were behind time as it was, so onto Auburn and check into our hotel and then to the NATMUS museum for their car show and dance. Too bad is was so cold and windy as I am sure it cut the turn out for their event. We still enjoyed the museum and the music. There was a docent in the basement that would have talked about the place and the trucks all night if we would have let him. Sunday we were kind of on our own to visit more of the NATMUS museum or the Auburn-Duesenberg museum or the National Military History Center. A couple of us opted to see the National Military History Center as we had seen the other museums. It is a impressive collection of WWII military equipment and some of other eras impressively displayed. We had members from over 600 miles away. Other than the weather it was a very successful cruise.
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