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Duesenbergs burn up the runway at annual Thunder Run

By Ellie Bogue of The News-Sentinel<br /> One of two cars Dick Shappy had at the Thunder Run on Sunday in Goshen was this racing model Duesenberg, a 1921 Straight Eight.<br />
By Ellie Bogue of The News-Sentinel
One of two cars Dick Shappy had at the Thunder Run on Sunday in Goshen was this racing model Duesenberg, a 1921 Straight Eight.
By Ellie Bogue of The News-Sentinel<br />
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Judy Kilian shines up her and her husband's 1935 SSJ Convertible on Sunday at the Thunder Run.
By Ellie Bogue of The News-Sentinel

Judy Kilian shines up her and her husband's 1935 SSJ Convertible on Sunday at the Thunder Run.
Photo by Ellie Bogue of The News-Sentinel<br />
A skydiver drops in with the American flag at the opening of Thunder Run on Sunday afternoon at Goshen Municipal Airport. The Thunder Run was part of Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival activities this weekend in Auburn. 
Photo by Ellie Bogue of The News-Sentinel
A skydiver drops in with the American flag at the opening of Thunder Run on Sunday afternoon at Goshen Municipal Airport. The Thunder Run was part of Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival activities this weekend in Auburn. 
<p>By Ellie Bogue of The News-Sentinel<br />
This Duesenberg SJ-557, named The Mormon Meteor, was at Thunder Run Sunday. The car has set many speed records in Utah at the Bonneville Salt Flats.</p>
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By Ellie Bogue of The News-Sentinel
This Duesenberg SJ-557, named The Mormon Meteor, was at Thunder Run Sunday. The car has set many speed records in Utah at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

 

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Monday, September 07, 2015 08:54 am

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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