Dreams on parade at annual festival

AUBURN – Ask April Elliott about her dream car and she doesn’t hesitate.

That’s because the Leo woman rode in it years ago: a bright red 1966 Mustang.

“My aunt had one,” said Elliott, 49. “I was like her little sister. Everywhere she went, I went. There are a lot of great memories in that car.”

When you’re surrounded by some of the most glamorous automobiles in the world, it’s easy to let your fantasies take over.

So we decided to ask some of the visitors to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival: What is your dream car?

Dick Daring pined for a bright red, 1955 Ford Thunderbird. So the 61-year-old treated himself to one.

“I worked for Ford for several years, and I always, always dreamed of getting a ’55 T-bird,” the Leo man said. “I wanted a pristine one, so I waited until I was financially able to find one.”

David Edgar isn’t so picky.

“I’d love to have a classic car,” the 53-year-old Auburn man said as he watched some drive by. “A convertible would be nice. Any of them.”

Jacob Myers, also of Auburn, has had his eye on a certain make and model for years.

“One of my favorite cars is the ’67 Corvette Stingray – beige,” the 14-year-old said. “I started liking it when I got a Hot Wheel (toy version) when I was younger. I thought it would be so cool to own one or ride in one.”

Abby Myers, 11, seemed impressed by her big brother’s collection.

“He’s got so many Hot Wheels!” she added.

Eleanor Guthrie chooses a new dream car every year.

This year? She fell in love with a 1948 navy blue, four-door Dodge sedan. The Fort Wayne woman doesn’t remember the exact model.

“The chrome is gorgeous. The metal is shiny,” said Guthrie, 80. “The design has a personality of its own.”

Cameron Wilkes wants something a little newer.

The 5-year-old from Fort Wayne longs for a new, dark blue Lamborghini.

“I saw one in Florida,” said Cameron, who already has decided the type of driver he’ll be.

“When I first get my car, I’m going to drive with the pedal all the way down,” he said.

Maybe his parents should start saving now for car insurance.

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