Honoring the Pit Crew

A New Collection Conservation Center

John Gunnell - November 19, 2013 11:14 AM

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The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum has finished construction of its new Collection Conservation Center. The building will be dedicated in honor of John Rosener and the late Paul Casebere who, through many hours of hard work, commitment, and service, began the museum’s “Pit Crew” in 2007. The “Pit Crew” is a group of volunteers whose enthusiasm and devotion to automotive preservation, collection conservation, and their community, is making a difference today, and for future generations.
“Members of the Museum’s Pit Crew meet weekly to care for and prepare the collection for visitors or for presentation at different concours events,” said Aaron Warkentin, curator of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum.  “The work done by the Pit Crew is invaluable, not just because they volunteer their time, but because of their expertise and pride taken in the work done for the collection; each of these volunteers is helping to preserve history.”
The Collection Conservation Center was built with generous donations to The Road Ahead Capital Campaign. “This is only the third capital campaign in the Museum’s almost 40-year history,” said Laura Brinkman, executive director and CEO.  “Each time the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum has a capital campaign, the results are significant to the museum and its services offered. The Road Ahead is a $4.5 million dollar capital campaign propelling the Museum in four areas: technology, through the interactive information kiosks that can be utilized by all visitors; education, conservation, and an outdoor education and exhibit plaza.”
The dedication of the Collection Conservation Center is open to the public and will take place on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the new building which is located at 1624 South Wayne Street, Auburn, Indiana – directly south of the main museum building. More information can be found at