The 2018 Lincoln Homecoming will Recognize the 50th Anniversary of Lincoln-Zephyr Owners Club 

The 2018 Homecoming will combine the Fifth Annual Lincoln Homecoming with the 50th Anniversary of the Lincoln-Zephyr Owners Club (LZOC). The event will be held in two locations: Elkhart, Indiana and Hickory Comers/Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The 2018 Homecoming is being hosted by the Lincoln-Zephyr Owners Club and all four Lincoln clubs are invited to attend the annual Lincoln Homecoming: Road Race Lincoln Register, Lincoln Continental Owners Club and the Lincoln Owners Club. Any Lincoln owner who is not a club member is also encouraged to register and attend this event. The 1936- 1948 V-12 Lincoln-Zephyr plus pre and post-war Lincolns will be featured.

Please join us and celebrate on the rolling prairies of northern Indiana August 6-9, concluding with a Golden Jubilee Heritage bash at the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Automobile Museum on Thursday, August 9,” said Tom Brunner, LZOC president.

On Friday, August 10, we tour to Kalamazoo to enjoy our Fifth Lincoln Homecoming at Hickory Corners on Saturday and Sunday. We will have a People’s Choice All Decades Lincoln car show on Saturday, August 11, for all Lincolns. It is anexhibition show only with no point judging. The presentation of People’s Choice awards will be Sunday, August 12, featuring awards for each decade--the 1920s through the 2000s; Best of Show and First, Second and Third Places will be awarded for each decade.

“Best of all, “ Brunner continued, “we will have luxurious motor coaches for all of our tours in Indiana. All tours will leave from the Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Elkhart, Indiana. On Tuesday, August 7, bus tour # 1 will go to South Bend and the glorious National Studebaker Museum where you will see the carriage that took President Lincoln to Ford’s theatre. You will see the ‘36 Studebaker that looked like a ‘36 Zephyr, visit the Notre Dame Football Room, and see the Oliver Victorian Home that will transport you to another era. Enjoy a delightful lunch at the Victorian castle of the Studebaker family called Tippecanoe Place.

On Wednesday we will have three bus tours. Bus tour #2 will feature a Brown Bag Tour to Amish cottage industries. On bus tour # 3 you will visit the “Real Housewives of Amish Country. On bus tour #4 we will ride to Shipshewana and see the old fashioned Amish livestock and home furnishing auction. There will be plenty of good things to eat. If you choose, you may visit the Hostetler Hudson Museum on your own.

“On Thursday’s bus tour #5 we will travel the route of the original 1913 Lincoln Highway through the farm country of northern Indiana, to visit the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, the National Automotive and Truck Museum(NATMUS), the Early Ford V-8 Foundation’s re-creation of the Ford Rotunda, and the DeKalb County courthouse. Thursday night will be our Founders Dinner and LZOC history celebration and Golden Anniversary Bash at the Auburn-Cord-Dusenberg Automobile Museum.

The number of seats on our tour buses are limited so it will be first come, first served, until rooms and tours are filled. We have coordinated with three different Elkhart hotels, each with different rates. Each hotel has complimentary breakfast and trailer parking. 

Room reservations start December 1, 2017 and cutoff is July 1, 2018.

We have coordinated with three different Elkhart hotels each with different rates. Each hotel has free breakfast and trailer parking. Room reservations start December 1, 2017 and cutoff is July 1, 2018. Indiana Hotels are:

  • Hilton Garden Inn, 3401 Plaza Court, Elkhart, Indiana, 46514, Phone 574-970-4444. We have 20 rooms for four nights, August 6,7,8,9, which could become 30 if we need them. Each night there are five kings and 15 standard queens. The rate is $115/night. Use the code “Lincoln Car Clubs” to get the special rate at each hotel.
  • Fairfield by Marriott, 3501 Plaza Court, Elkhart, Indiana, 46514, Phone 574-970-1688. We have 30 rooms which could become 40 if we need them. Each night there are 15 kings and 15 standard queens. The rate is $104/night.
  • Microtel by Wyndham, 3301 Plaza Court, Elkhart, 46514. Phone 574-970-0420. We have 41 rooms, which could become 55 if we need them. They have no kings, but have 1 or 2-bed queens, and queens with sofa bed. Rates are $65 per night and $75 per night. Minimum of 26 rooms must be reserved to qualify for the rate to get a discount; otherwise, the rate will be $90 and $100.

Friday morning we will travel to Kalamazoo to get ready for our Friday evening festivities that will take place at Four Points Sheraton Kalamazoo our host hotel, beginning with a happy hour followed by a buffet and then a lively Lincoln parts auction.

This year at Hickory Corners we will again feature for Saturday a 2018 People’s Choice All Decades Lincoln Car Show(non judged), a Lincoln car auction, Lincoln swap meet, Lincoln car corral area and Lincoln Museum dedications. Then on Sunday a Lincoln car display by the Lincoln Motor Car Museum, Lincoln swap meet, Lincoln car corral area and awards for All Decades Lincoln car show held on Saturday..

Our host hotel in Kalamazoo is the Four Points Kalamazoo by Sheraton, 3600 E Cork Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49001. This hotel offers excellent accommodations, fine dining and is in the process of refurbishing all hotel rooms. The hotel is just over 15 miles from Hickory Corners. A complimentary hot breakfast for two is included in your room rate of $116 plus tax. A limited number of rooms are available at this rate; please reserve rooms and register early. To make room reservations, call 269-385-3922 and use the code “Lincoln Club” to get this special room rate. The room reservation cutoff is July 1, 2018. Trailer parking is available at the Gilmore Museum Trailer Area during your stay.

Please contact Bob Johnson, Meet Registration Chairman, at 651-257-1715 or click here to email Bob if you are considering attending our 50th Anniversary of LZOC and the Fifth Annual Homecoming in Hickory Corners. By doing so, you’ll be sent a meet packet via email or USPS mail if you need a printed copy. 

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This is the only website that will have the Registration Packet for you to download. The web site will be regularly updated with latest registration information to aid in your planning for this meet.

Register early to ensure getting the tour that you want.

Meet registration will close on July 1. Help us by registering before this date.

Tom Brunner
LZOC President, Meet Host and Meet Chairman
480 471-7274
480 353-9658 (Cell)
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James D. Blanchard
419 868-6586
419 461-1113 (Cell)
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