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Augie Duesenberg

Automotive Engineer

 
 
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Photographed By Craig Doda, November 13, 2021
1. Augie Duesenberg Marker
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Augie was a tireless practical engineer who could turn mechanical concepts into reality. The Duesenberg racecars upon which he labored in the 1920s and 30s set top-speed and durability records, won the French Grand Prix at Le Mans and were victorious three times at the Indianapolis 500. As chief mechanic, Augie was a master at getting the maximum amount of horsepower from his powerful straight-eight engines. He worked with his brother Fred to make Duesenberg one of the most respected and widely known names in automobile racing and performance. The phrase "It's a Duesy” became part of our language and culture.

Born in Germany in 1879, Augie immigrated with his brother Fred to a family farm in lowa in 1884. In 1906, Augie and Fred designed and manufactured the Mason automobile. The car was marketed as "The Fastest and Strongest Two-Cylinder Car in the World.” To prove their claim, Masons were entered into many competition events, including the Indianapolis 500-mile race. Thus, immersed in auto racing, Augie began his remarkable career. With Augie as crew chief, Duesenberg scored many racing victories, culminating
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with setting land-speed and endurance records with the "Mormon Meteor” in 1935. Augie retired to a farm near Indianapolis and passed away in 1955 at the age of 76.

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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EntertainmentIndustry & CommerceRoads & VehiclesSports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1879.
 
Location. 41° 21.368′ N, 85° 3.475′ W. Marker is in Auburn, Indiana, in DeKalb County. Marker is at the intersection of Wayne Street and Gordon M Buehring Place, on the left when traveling north on Wayne Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1503 Wayne St, Auburn IN 46706, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fred Duesenberg (here, next to this marker); Women Employees (a few steps from this marker); Frank Eckhart (a few steps from this marker); Men Employees (a few steps from this marker); Auburn / Cord (within shouting distance of this marker); Duesenberg (within shouting distance of this marker); Auburn Automobile Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Alan Leamy (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Auburn.
 
Augie Duesenberg Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 13, 2021
2. Augie Duesenberg Marker
Augie Duesenberg Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 13, 2021
3. Augie Duesenberg Marker
Augie Duesenberg Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 13, 2021
4. Augie Duesenberg Marker
Augie Duesenberg Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 13, 2021
5. Augie Duesenberg Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 96 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 14, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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