The competition at the Thunder Run at Goshen Municipal Airport burned up the runways Sunday."We have cars racing cars, we have cars racing biplanes and we have cars racing helicopters. It’s all a part of the fun here at Thunder Run," the announcer told the crowd.
Duesenbergs rolled down the runway with their police escort around 1:30 p.m. during the opening of the Thunder Run air and car show. Owners from across the country were there as a part of the ACD Festival weekend to show off their $1 million-plus machines.
The cars have racing engines under those luxury bodies, and they didn’t disappoint the crowds as they challenged each other in pairs to test their limits.Dick Shappy, from Providence, R.I., had brought two of his four Duesenbergs out to Auburn for the weekend, a 1934 J-505 Durham Convertible Sedan and a racing model, a 1921 Straight Eight. Shappy said he did one of these runs in 2010 and thought it was fun. He was planning on testing the speeds of his two cars against each other.
Judy Kilian and her husband, Mark, purchased their first Duesenberg in 2011, a 1935 SSJ convertible. The couple lives in Saint Cloud, Minn., so the car is in storage for eight months of the year. But the maroon car was fast on the runway, easily passing the car it was running with.
Susan Armstrong and her husband, Tom, were driving their 1931 Durham Convertible Sedan. They have been coming to the ACD Festival for 38 years. Tom Armstrong began collecting cars right after the couple graduated from college. The couple now has more than 20 cars in their collection, with the latest purchase a 2008 Corvette.
Besides the Duesenbergs, sights the crowd saw included a biplane racing an Alfa Romeo (the car won) and a jet-powered truck racing a helicopter. The opening ceremony had four skydivers dropping in, with one carrying the American flag, as the national anthem was sung.
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