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ROCKIN’ AND ROLLIN’ IN AUBURN

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photo by Cindy Cornwell IRL Points Leader Scott Sharpe from Kelley Racing Team was on hand signing autographs at Kruse Auction Park.  Scott said he was in great shape for the opening day on Sunday at the Indianapolis 500 Motor Speedway.  He posted the team’s fastest lap in testing, at 226.2 mph.  Last year, Scott was challenging for the lead until mechanical problems knocked him out.Motorcycles of all makes and models were invited to Auburn, IN, for the 7th annual CycleFest 2003. The event has blossomed from a one-day event into a three-day motorcycle extravaganza, which began on Friday, May 2 and continued through Sunday, May 4. A record-breaking crowd of more than 1500 motorcycles, as well as over 50,000 visitors were on site at the Auction Park.

This event, which was held at the Kruse International Auction Park located off Interstate 69 in rural Auburn, included a bike rally, a parade remembering American POWs and those missing in action, a 65-mile scenic poker run, a greatly expanded swap meet and vendor area, a spectacular "People's Choice" bike show, many field contests, festival food and beverages, rock and roll entertainment, and a motorcycle auction on Saturday. CycleFest sponsors and the CycleFest committee presented several dozen special bike show awards. It was held in conjunction with Kruse's International Spring MotorFair collector car and motorcycle auction.

The parade through beautiful downtown Auburn commenced at 10am on Saturday and included the American Legion Riders. Rock 'n Roll legend Mark Farner, the songwriter and guitarist from Grand Funk Railroad, served as Grand Marshal of the CycleFest motorcycle parade. He was available throughout the day to meet with guests and sign autographs. He also made an appearance at the Grand Opening of the American Heritage Village and sang "America". American Heritage Village houses the World War II Museum and the Kruse Collector Car Museum.

The premiere motorcycle auction took place on Saturday, May 3 in the main auction building at the Kruse Auction Park. During the motorcycle segment on Saturday evening, Kruse auctioned the 2002 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy FI, also known as the NASCAR Harley. This bike is referred to as the NASCAR Harley because of the 51 signatures on it; 48 current and retired NASCAR drivers, Harley-Davidson president Willie G. Davidson, and NBC Broadcasters Bill Weber and Allen Bestwick.

CycleFest 2003 was presented by the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival Inc. Proceeds of CycleFest benefited Habitat for Humanity, as well as the ACD Festival and the automotive museums of Auburn. The mission of the ACD Festival is to preserve the automotive heritage and history of the Auburn, IN area through the promotion of events fostering tourism and community pride. Its premier event is the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival held annually over the Labor Day weekend, with more than 300,000 people attending.

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