July 20 & 21, 2018
Dubois and Orange counties, Indiana
Car collections that make enthusiasts swoon, and an overnight stay in one of Indiana’s grand hotels, French Lick or West Baden Springs. What could be better? On Saturday, we’ll visit the collections of Clem Lange and his son Joey. Clem’s garage is packed with classics dating back to the early 1900s—many rare, including some prototypes, which he restores himself. Some say his collection rivals that of Jay Leno.
Lange, a co-founder of Best Home Furnishings, owns several Great Race cars, one of which ran across the U.S. six times. He finished the Great Race seven times. Clem’s all-original cars include several Hudsons ranging from 1919 to 1949, a 1934 Bugatti Type 57 Franay rumble seat convertible, a 1933 Duesenberg Model J LeGrand Dual-Cowl Phaeton, and a 1913 Mercer.
The next generation caught the collecting passion in a different way. In Joey Lange’s fabulous showroom, you’ll see Technicolor Mopars, including Superbirds, a 1971 Hemi and AAR Cudas, several Vipers, and muscle cars from GM, Ford and AMC, all in as-new condition.
The tour will caravan on Saturday morning to the Lange collections near Jasper from the French Lick Resort. We have arranged a special rate in both the French Lick and West Baden Springs hotels, so you have a choice (make your reservation soon before our room block fills).
After visiting the car collections, we’ll head to the Schnitzelbank in Jasper for a late German lunch. After lunch, we’ll head back to the Springs Valley for a party with beer, wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres at a privately-owned landmark. Your ticket for this event includes a guided tour of French Lick or West Baden, your choice from among the days and times listed.
After the gathering, you might want to head to West Baden Springs for the once-a-month Twilight Tour featuring costumed characters depicting famous hotel guests—golfer Walter Hagen, mobster Big Jim Colosimo, palm reader Mademoiselle Louise, author Edna Ferber, the “unsinkable” Molly Brown, and other early twentieth-century figures. The Twilight Tour gives you a lively picture of the place, and runs from 7 to 8:15 p.m. You’ll need a ticket for the Twilight Tour, which you can buy at twilighttours2018.eventbrite.com.
Breakfast and dinner are on your own. If you buy a ticket, we’ll send you a list of dining options in the hotels and in the towns of French Lick and West Baden.
The Indiana Automotive affinity group welcomes members interested in the early auto visionaries and the preservation of the cars they made, their factories, showrooms, and homes, and the landscaped parkways and roadside architecture birthed by the auto age. Click here to learn more about Indiana Automotive.