AUBURN, Ind. (21ALIVE) - Just off I-69 at the Auburn-Garret exit lies a sea of cars, and they're all there for one reason.
More than 1,200 cars of all kinds roared their engines into the Auburn Cord Dusenberg Festival at Auburn Auction Park, hosted by Auctions America.
The festival has become a Labor Day tradition, as it's always held the weekend before the holiday.
For more than 40 years, thousands of people have converged on the festival which is one of the country's premier celebrations of the collector car hobby.
"We really pride ourselves on offering a variety of cars, we've got everything from the early 1900's Ford Model T's, we've got some great muscle cars from the 60's, really cool classic convertibles from the 1950's and if you wanna go fast we got some late model Ferraris, too," said Megan Boyd, a car specialist for Auctions America.
The festival came at a perfect time, too. Jim Donohue, who came to the festival for the first time this year, says the auto industry is hot right now, especially for collectors.
"Definitely for hobbyists today it seems like there are a lot more people that can afford to buy an older car, cars are really, for my generation, an investment that we can buy, and we know that if we restore it well it's going to appreciate," said Donohue.
Donohue hails from Corpus Christi, Texas. He buys, sells and restores cars. Saturday he had his eye out for older 1968-1872 plymouth or dodge cars.
He wasn't alone. More than 35,000 people attended the festival as of Friday night. Organizers think that number will double by Sunday.
In addition to that, more than 80 million people can watch the auctions from the comfort of their homes as NBC Sports Network is broadcasting all the auction action live from the festival.
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