LAPORTE | The LaPorte County Historical Society is hosting its 6th annual Old Car Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of the museum, 2405 Indiana Ave. or Highway 35 at the south entrance to LaPorte. The event is open to cars 30 years and older. About 100 classics, muscle cars, and collectible cars of all eras will be on display outside the museum the day of the show.
As a special added attraction this year, there will be a visit from the Tucker family. The descendants of Preston Tucker include his grandson John and John’s two sons, Sean and Michael. They will be on hand to greet the public next to Tucker #12, which is on permanent display at the museum as part of the Kesling Automobile Collection.
Vehicle owners are welcome to bring their vehicles, made in 1983 or before, to the museum beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, with registration continuing through 11 a.m. Registration fee is $10 per vehicle and owners will receive this year’s custom dash plaque as well as other items in their “Goodie Bag”, and a chance at winning one of 6 different trophies. Categories include Mayor’s Choice, from both LaPorte and Michigan City, as well as Curator’s Choice and a Preservation Award among others.
Public viewing of the Old Car Show and visiting with the Tucker family will begin at 9 a.m. The public will be charged $5 per carload; this will include admittance to the car show and to the museum, that day only. Those attending will be given ballots to vote for the Public’s Choice awards. Ballots need to be cast by 2 p.m.for the trophies to be presented at 2:30.On-site food will again be available for sale provided by B&J’s American Café. They will be located around the back of the building.
The 1948 Tucker “Torpedo” automobile on display in the museum was purchased by Dr. Peter C. Kesling in March of 1975. It is #12 of 50 cars produced. It features a rotating center headlight and the engine is in the rear.
Some of the other automobiles in the Kesling collection include a Duesenberg and a Delorean. Visit www.laportecountyhistory.org or call (219) 324-6767 for information.