Check out our Glenn Pray 2005 Open House
Gone to meet my Maker
actually my maker... I went to to see my Auburn 866's maker, Mr.
Glenn Pray. We, as in my old buddy Dave and I, just returned from a
"Top Down Wind in our Face" Road Trip (1500 miles) to and from
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. That is where Glenn Pray moved the Auburn -
Cord - Duesenberg Company after he purchased it and all of it's
remaining parts stock back in 1960.
Just a quick
note; when the Auburn Automobile Company closed it's doors in
1937 a business
by the name of Dallas Winslow purchased the company to sell the
remaining ACD parts inventory to owners and restorers of the
existing cars. Mr. Pray was busy restoring Cords back in the mid to
late 50's and was buying a lot of parts from Dallas Winslow. Glenn
thought that it would be pretty neat to buy all of the ACD parts
That is a story all in itself, but anyway
he did buy the company, moved "All" of the parts from Auburn Indiana
to Broken Arrow Oklahoma and started selling replacement parts for
some of the most beautiful cars ever produced.
The parts business was doing so
well for Glenn that in 1963 he wanted to start building Cords again.
So in 1963 he did just that, the Cord 8/10's were born. He wanted to
do the same thing with the Auburn 851 / 852 Boattail Speedsters.
Planning and engineering for it started in 1966, the 1st
"Continuation" Auburn Speedsters were offered for sale in 1968. He
built Auburns through 1981. Glenn produced over 350 cars from 1963
through 1981. Glenn never claimed to be reproducing cars that is why
he referred to his cars as "Continuations" rather than copies or
reproductions. All of his cars were powered by modern drivelines and
chassis'. His Speedsters were fully optioned with Leather, full
instrumentation, power steering, power brakes, heater, stereo
radio's with 8 tracks and most cars were equipped with air
There is a book about Glenn Prays life and his ACD Passions due
later this year. It is being written
by Josh Malks and will be published by Automobile Quarterly. Last
year there was a documentary film "Prays Passion" released. It
details Glenn's interest and involvement with these Great Cars and
the story behind his New Cord and the beginning of the New Auburn
866 Speedsters. It is well done and very informative. The Pray's
passion DVD's are autographed by Glenn and are available for sale in
Meet" section of the website.
Anyway back to the Road Trip...
Glenn had Open House the weekend of May 13-14th at his Auburn Cord
Duesenberg Factory in Broken Arrow. Glenn is 79 years old now and is
still totally involved in the everyday activities at the factory.
Continuation Cars are no longer being built but parts are still
being sold along with limited restoration work being offered.
The factory is really something
to see. Glenn has his personal collection of "Stuff" in two rooms.
His interest in collecting is much broader than ACD cars only. His
collecting interest includes Radios, Telephones,
Televisions, Airplanes (Yes, Airplanes... Antiques of course), Juke
boxes, Player Music Boxes, Advertising Memorabilia. Not only does
Glenn collect these items, but he is capable of maintaining and
servicing everything he collects. He is quite a unique person. The
factory "Parts Room" door is like a time machine. All of the parts
bins are straight from Auburn, Indiana. The shelves and drawers are
all still wearing ACD part numbers. I am sure that most of the
Really Desirable parts are long gone, but believe me there is still
a lot of really Cool Things still there.
Friday was open house at the factory and a small swap meet in the
parking lot. There were road tours offered throughout the day for
local museums and attractions including the hanger for Glenn's
planes. Later that night there was a reception at the Hosting
Holiday Inn. There were a lot of Great old stories traded between
Current and Past ACD car owners and employees at the factory. A 10
minute movie from the 1956 ACD meet in Auburn, Indiana was shown,
that was really neat to see.
morning started out with the ACD cars taking part in the Rooster
Days Parade, which is definitely Hometown USA. There were Clowns,
Marching Bands, lots of Fair Food and Plenty of Pretty Young "Chics"
competing in the Ms. Chic Rooster Day Beauty Contest. Yes, being the
Good Guy that I am, I offered the services of my Auburn to drive one
of the Pretty contestants (Meghan, a Senior from Broken Arrow High
School) through the parade. I am proud to say that Meghan was the
winner of the Ms. Chic pageant. After the parade all of the cars
ended up at Central Park for a Car Show. The weather was perfect.
That night there was Dinner and Drinks at the Holiday Inn with Glenn
and his Family. More stories and good times were had... See our
Glenn Pray Open House
A lot of work and planning went
into this weekend I am sure. Everyone that I spoke with had a Great
time, I know that I sure did. I am already looking forward to next
years 2006 Open House.
Check out our Glenn Pray 2005 Open House
2005 Road Trip article rescued from our old
"Milestone Motorcars" website
/ May 2005