4th Annual Glen Ellyn Vintage Auto Fest - June 3, 2017
by James P. Manak, Member, Glen Ellyn Historic Preservation Commission
Over 60 cars turned out for the show this year, co-sponsored by Packards of Chicagoland, filling the
grounds at the Glen Ellyn Historical Society to near capacity. The weather was perfect for the show,
temperature in the 80s and a light breeze.
John Maxson was our star performer, giving his renowned presentation in the Society’s auditorium on
the history of the Packard Motor Car Company. Al Krodel, who has appeared as a speaker at our
monthly meetings, also gave an interesting history on the Studebaker legend, from the 19th Century
Conastoga Wagons that blazed the trails to the West, to the company’s union with Packard in the 1950s.
Mitch Frumkin, the consummate expert on the Annual Chicago Auto Show, presented historic footage
on the show that literally left the audience spellbound. Another presentation was made by Dan
Anderson, local historian, on early vehicles and auto garages in Glen Ellyn. These lectures and audiovisual
presentations make the Glen Ellyn event a unique experience, combining vintage cars with
Several POC members turned out for the show. An added treat this year was the appearance of a featured
car, the historic Kennedy Packard, a 1937 model 1502 limo. This car was the official car of Joseph
Patrick Kennedy, United States Ambassador to Great Britain, 1937-1940, and father of the 35th
President of the United States, John F. Kennedy. Ambassador Kennedy was the original user of this fine
vehicle. A picture of the Kennedy family as they were in residence in England during 1937-1940 was
reproduced in the printed program given to each participant in the show. The headlights of the car are
Marchel headlights from France. The vehicle is presently owned by Russ Rodriguez, Regional Director,
Greater Illinois Region, Classic Car Club of America. Russ acquired the car in the 1990s and restored it
to its present concours condition. A truly fitting piece of history for an automobile show run by a
Of course there were many Packards led by our director Bruce Grabenkort, Pierce Arrows, Cadillacs,
Nashes, Studebakers, Model As, a 1951 Aston-Martin, a Hupmobile, Corvairs, a Model T Depot Wagon,
Pontiacs, three 1960s West German Volkswagens (Beetle, Bus and Karmann Ghia), a 1962 East German
early series Trabant Station Wagon, (Kombi), a 1968 Czechoslovak Velorex, Crosleys, a 1989 Maserati,
a 1935 Chrysler Airflow, a 1933 rare Buick Delivery van, emblazoned with the name of Marshall Field
on its side, a 1936 Auburn Speedster, Dodges, Hudson, a rare Packard Hawk, Corvettes, and many
others, classics as well as non-classics.
Pictures of many of the automobiles in the show can be seen by pulling up
http://tinyurls.com/GlenEllynAutos, a unique feature for those who could not attend the Fest.
This year the Historical Society awarded Best of Show trophies in First, Second and Third places, based
on voting by the car show participants. First Place went to the 1933 Marshall Field’s Buick Delivery
van; Second Place to a 1929 Hupmobile Century Six Touring Sedan and Third Place to a 1935 Chrysler
Airflow Sedan and 1931 Packard 833 Coupe (tie vote on Third Place).
The executive director of the Historical Society, Karen Hall, said the show will be held again next year
with additional room for more vehicles, as the show continues to grow in size and popularity. The date
for next year’s Vintage Auto Fest is Saturday, June 2, 2018.
Registrants with Vehicles: Enter the show that day from 9 - 10 a.m. at 557 Geneva Rd. in the driveway next to Stacy's Tavern Museum. This is across the street from Walgreen's, near the intersection of Geneva Rd., St. Charles Rd. and N. Main St. (Glen Ellyn).
Come join us at the 5th Annual Glen Ellyn Vintage Auto Fest!
The event will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Admission is free to visitors attending the show. Interested in registering your vehicle? See below.
The show has great vintage automobiles vehicles on display in the space between Stacy's Tavern Museum and the Glen Ellyn History Center. And much, much more!
This year, we are delighted to welcome The Stand from downtown Glen Ellyn as our food vendor, offering lunch.
Speaker Schedule: TBA
Auto Fest Lectures – Free – at the History Center
Interested in registering your vintage/antique vehicle for our show? Please submit $10.00 per vehicle with check or money order payable to the Glen Ellyn Historical Society, along with your registration form (or you can call us with your credit card information). The registrant will receive 2 free tickets to Stacy’s Tavern Museum to be used during 2018, a discount coupon for Stacy’s Corners Store, and a dash plaque. (Vehicle registration at the gate will be $15.00 and the dash plaque will not be guaranteed.) Local Packard, Studebaker and Cadillac Club members will be attending and all vintage, antique and classic vehicles and clubs are welcome.
Registrants will vote on Best of Show awards to be given at 2:45 p.m.
For more information about the event, contact Karen Hall, Executive Director, Glen Ellyn Historical Society at 630-469-1867 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Jim Manak, Secretary, Packards of Chicagoland, email@example.com, 630-858-6092.
To receive a printable registration form you can mail in or email, email Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630-469-1867, or pick one up at the Historical Society at 800 N. Main St. Glen Ellyn. (Open 10 - 5, Tuesday thru Saturday)
5th Annual Glen Ellyn Vintage AutoFest
Saturday, June 2, 2018 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Guests attending the show: come to 800 N. Main St. Glen Ellyn, IL. If that parking lot is full, then there is additional parking by the nearby Forest Glen Elementary School across the street.
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