Glen Ellyn

Historical Society


The Glen Ellyn History Center  800 N. Main St. Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Guests attending the show: come to 800 N. Main St. Glen Ellyn, IL. If that parking lot is full, there is additional parking by Forest Glen Elementary School across the street.


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
historic information.

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
Historical society.

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, 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).

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 9th Annual Glen Ellyn Vintage Auto Fest!

The event will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2023 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 vehicles on display in the space between Stacy's Tavern Museum and the Glen Ellyn History Center. Heavenly Hot Dogs will be selling lunch.

​We will have free talks in the History Center on historic vehicles.

Stacy's Tavern Museum will be open for free tours. And Stacy's Corners Store will be holding a sidewalk sale.

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 2023, a discount coupon for Stacy’s Corners Store, and a dash plaque. 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. and event attendees will vote for a People's Choice Award.

For more information about the event, contact Karen Hall, Executive Director, Glen Ellyn Historical Society at 630-469-1867 or or Jim Manak, Secretary, Packards of Chicagoland,, 630-858-6092.

A printable PDF registration form will be included here later. You can email the completed form to and pay your $10 registration fee through PayPal (send to, or you can mail it in with a check.

You can also receive a printable registration form if you email Karen at 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)

6th Annual Glen Ellyn Vintage Auto Fest -- June 1, 2019

Around 40 cars came for this year's show, despite the weather forecast for severe thunderstorms. The weather cooperated, however, and not a drop was felt until well after the end of the show. It turned out to be a great day for a car show, cloudy to partly sunny with a high of 80 degrees.

We had three wonderful talks in the History Center, which was in rough condition as the building continues to recover from a March flood when a pipe in the fire suppression system burst, flooding the entire building. Everyone had a fantastic attitude and dealt with the minor challenges. Bill Morris spoke about Pierce Arrow Highlights, Mitch Frumkin talked about Chicago Auto Show History Highlights 1901-2019, and Al Krodel shared Aston Martin Highlights.

​The featured car this year was the 1935 Auburn Speedster owned by Mark Spandikow of Glen Ellyn, a sporty supercharged car with a pointed tail. (Each car was guaranteed by the maker to have been driven over 100 miles per hour before it was sold.)

The First Place Best in Show award was given to Jim Manak, Jr. for his red and white 1965 Volkswagen Bus. Second Place went to Dezi and Donna Seabrooks for their 1953 Packard Caribbean. Mark Spandikow took Third Place for his 1937 Cord Cabriolet 812.

If you missed the show this year, hope you can join us in 2020!

8th Annual Glen Ellyn Vintage Auto Fest -- June 4, 2022

Over 50 cars attended this year's Auto Fest. While there were a few sprinkles, it was a great, cool day for an auto show. The three speakers in the History Center provided wonderful talks throughout the day:

Pierce-Arrow Highlights by Bill Morris;

Muscle & Pony Car Mania: The Art of Selling Horsepower by Mitch Frumkin;

Studebaker Highlights by Al Krodel.

Best in Show Awards went to:

​First Place: Bill Morris, 1932 54 Club Brougham Pierce-Arrow (Glen Ellyn)

Second Place: Dr. William Guinta, 1958 Oldsmobile Fiesta (Frankfort)

Third Place: Tim and Doris Kehoe, 1958 Transtar ½ Ton Studebaker (Elburn)

New this year was a People's Choice Award, won by Rodger Wilson for his 1921 T6 REO (Bolingbrook).

We will be back next year with our 9th Auto Fest -- hope you can join us!

9th Annual Glen Ellyn Vintage Auto Fest

Saturday, June 3, 2023   10 a.m. - 3 p.m.