Classic Car Exhibit Opens at Indiana Welcome Center

On January 16, 1967, the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme wouldn’t have made it through the streets of Hammond, Indiana—or anywhere in the Chicago area. That was the day 20 inches of snow pummeled Chicagoland. The ’67 Cutlass is one of more than a dozen antique and classic cars in the Cruisin’ Through the Times exhibit at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond, Indiana. This classic car exhibit, which runs through April 28, 2020, pairs each car with a newspaper headline from The Times of Northwest Indiana. The headline year coincides with the year the vehicle was manufactured.

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1967 Oldmobile Cutlass Supreme in the classic car exhibit a the Indiana Welcome Center
1967 Oldmobile Cutlass Supreme

I remember that 1967 snowfall well, back when The Times of Northwest Indiana was known as The Hammond Times. The newspaper’s headline the next day was “Worst Storm Chokes area.”

Headline from The Hammond Times - 1967 snowstorm

Because I grew up in Illinois just over the border from Hammond, many of the headlines in the current Indiana Welcome Center exhibit hit home. However, even visitors from other areas will recognize headlines that made national news, and all car enthusiasts will enjoy the vehicles on display. Here are some of them:

1969 Plymouth Roadrunner on display at Indiana Welcome Center
1969 Plymouth Roadrunner. Headline: “Man Walks on the Moon”
1933 Ford Cabriolet
1933 Ford Cabriolet. Headline: “Roosevelt is Inaugurated”
1923 Model A - at the Cruisin' Through the Times classic car exhibit at the Indiana Welcome Center
1923 Model T Headline: “Death Calls Harding Last Night.” Sub-head: “Calvin Coolidge Sworn in as President”

1960 Ford Fairlane

Spaceliner Taillights
Scott Wiley transformed his 1960 Ford Fairlane into the “Spaceliner.”Headline: “Kennedy — By a Nose!”

Some headlines focused on the regional slant of national news:

1959 Ford Galaxie Sunliner
1959 Ford Galaxie Sunliner. Headline: “Go-Go Sox Ga-Ga Now.” The White Sox won the American League championship that year, their first pennant since 1919 (and their last, until 2005).
1956 Hudson Hornet
1956 Hudson Hornet. Headline: “Ike Takes Lake County”

If you go to the classic car exhibit…

The Indiana Welcome Center is located at 7770 Corrinne Drive, off of Kennedy Avenue just south of the I-80/94 Exit 3. The Cruisin’ Through the Times exhibit is free and extends through April 28, 2020. visit the Indiana Welcome Center website for hours and additional things to do in the area.


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