Nordic Packard Owners Club
Packard club news bulletin editor, Craig Handley, visited the Proving grounds site "Visitors to the PAC National Meet this summer will see many on the right, with Winter snow (), looking down the main drive towards the flag pole. Attempted to put car in 1st gear, but was met with the horrible sound of to me during the Packard Club national meet in Berkeley decades ago. When the 47th National PAC (Packard Automobile Classics) Meet was This beautiful sedan was among Packards in the parking lot at.
Measuring and cutting pieces for a circular staircase inside an octagonal building can be a bit of a challenge. Former Packard test driver Carl Altz recently stopped by to check on the progress being made and couldn't wait to climb the newly restored stairs to the upper observation deck.
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Not bad for a year old! Bruce Webster snapped a photo of him. However, several pieces were unsalvageable due to rot including the upper and lower sills of the observation deck which are being replaced with exact duplicates. The columns were in relatively good shape, except for the upper and lower trim pieces. These were expertly recreated exactly like the originals by Tom Asmus and Bill Kroger.
The columns are hollow and are given structural strength by thick steel rods that resemble boat oars. The rod end is threaded and a nut is used to secure the column to the upper sill and roof assembly.
These rods were in good shape and were given a fresh coat of paint before they were reinstalled. During WWII, a tank crashed into this portion of the stand. Materials were scarce during wartime and plywood was used to repair the damage.
Rather than replacing the non-original plywood, this area will be restored to its original configuration. The original roof shingles were of a length that is not commonly available on the market today, so a special order was placed to have the proper length shingles supplied. All of the structural repairs have been made, the new roof shingles have been applied and many hours of scraping and painting have been done. The timing stand is well on its way to once again being a showplace at the Packard Proving Grounds Historic Site.
Who were the original "Friends of the Timing Stand? National Packard Museum is housed in a modified and expanded building belonging to the City of Warren.
The museum has its strength in Packard's early history, "The Warren Years" between andwhen the company moved to Detroit. The second institution is America's Packard Museum in Dayton, Ohio, located at the south-western corner of the state.
America's Packard Museum also goes under the name of The Citizens Motorcar Company, which was Dayton's Packard dealer and in whose building the museum is housed.
The museum was founded in by Robert E. Signom II, a Packard collector and attorney in town. The Citizens Motorcar Company was established as early asbuilt this new dealership in and operated as a Packard dealer, and Packard automobiles were sold and serviced there until WWII.
After the war the facility was used for other auto brands and finally the building served as a regional depot for an auto parts distributor. Much of the original equipment from the Packard era is left intact and has been refurbished to work as intended, the elevator to move cars between the floors for instance, the plumbing for evacuation of exhaust gases, the lifts and the spray booth.
The collection includes a number of "important" vehicles, including many original, unrestored examples, some Signom's own, some donated, and some vehicles on loan. America's Packard Museum also has a number of Packard limousines which are rented out for weddings and similar occasions to aid in the financing, which is also supported by the sale of parts form the museum's own trove of donated parts. The third "large" Packard museum is The Packard Proving Grounds, the background and formation of which is dealt with at length in Bertil Dimander's article about Utica in this issue of the Bulletin.
As indicated, all of the "large" Packard museums display not only cars and objects in conjunction with the manufacture of same, but also contain other things relating to PMCC's operations, such as aviation engines, marine engines and stationary engines.
In an effort to complement the marine exhibits the oversigned has donated a cosmetically restored eight cylinder 1M engine to each of the museums and a six cylinder 1M engine to the museums in Dayton and Warren PPG already had a six, which, however, I have paid for the restoration of and a Stokes Marine Supply Company- converted Packard V-8 marine engine donated to the PPG museum.
We stated initially that there are three "large" Packard museums, namely those described above and in Bertil Dimander's article.Early Ford V8 Club Swap Meet, Fitchburg, Mass, 4-23-2017
But there are also a number of other permanent exhibits devoted to preserving Packard's legacy. Perhaps the first one to be mentioned is the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, Indiana, not because the number of Packards on display is particularly large, but for another reason that the reader of these lines knows full well.
In Florida we have Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum with 22 Packard vehicles and an extensive collection of automobile paraphernalia of every description. The founder, retired florist Arthur Stone, has received a grant from the City of Ft. Lauderdale to expand the museum building from 18, to 25, square feet.
- 1931 Packard Roadster-Dash
- 1934 Packard
- 1940 Packard
The Kanter brothers' large building in Boonton, NJ, a former silk mill and handbag factory from the late 19th Century, also contains a collection of some 20 Packard cars and a converted tow truckas well as a plethora of other goodies, such as a Packard V PT boat engine and interior details and displays from the premises of Packard dealerships in all of eastern United States accumulated in the quest for NOS Packard parts at the end of the s and into modern times.
Several collectors possess significant collections of Packard cars. Here can be mentioned Eugene Tareshawty, whose Packard Youngstown Motor Car Company holds a fine collection of Packard Darrins and an exceptional array of Packard accessories. When it comes to Packard Darrins, Mr.
Tareshawty is neck-and-neck with Ralph Marano used car dealer in Garwood, New Jersey, specialized in better used cars, such as Maybach, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche, etc. In recent times the collection has been broadened to include close to half a dozen of s experimental cars, type Balboa, Panther and Pan American. Another collector with a specialty is Robert Bahr in Oxford, Maine right next to the town of Norway, Maine with several buildings filled with exclusive vehicles, including half a dozen Duesenbergs and a small armada of Twin Six and Twelve Packards with Dietrich bodies, one of every type made during these years.
1940 Packard Convertible
Harrah's large automotive museum in Reno, Nevada, at one point included a separate building devoted solely to Packard. William Harrah's ambition was for the collection to include at least one car for each of the years andbut this wish never quite came to fruition.
I recall that representatives for the yearsand possibly one or two other years were missing. At its peak the collection contained some Packards, but is now "only" half as large as all cars that could bring in fast and "real" money have been sold off by the new owner, the hotel and casino operator Holiday Inn.
Last but not least we have Graeme Crawford's museum in Anawharta, Whangarei, New Zealand, which is said to contain between 50 and Packards. The number is somewhat uncertain. Go there and check it out!
Page Unique Utica Text and photography: Bertil Dimander In the summer the news spread that there was a possibility of saving Packard's famed test and development department at Utica north of Detroit. Of primary concern were the buildings housing living quarters, garage, laboratory, etc. In Bulletin 97 from October we carried a small notice that the timing tower had been saved. The rest of this article is a synopsis of articles that have appeared in the PAC's Cormorant quarterly magazine and other sources.
Page "And suddenly I was there myself Bertil Dimander I have had a deep interest for the testing facility at Utica for many years. In part because it has been so important to American auto and motor industry, but also because to confirm Packard's reputation, not only as a luxury car but also as a product of high quality.
Many experiments were carried out in laboratories and on test tracks, some of which resulted in inventions that became the standard of the auto industry in general. Aviation and marine engines were also developed, especially during WW II.
Joy, presented the plans for a test track inthe board wondered why Packard should spend money on such an object when America's entire road network was at the company's disposal for testing cars. The future nevertheless proved that Joy was right; modern and confidence-inspiring car production demanded that vehicles could be tested under all conceivable conditions. I wrote the preceding article about Packard's testing facility and its resurrection in the fall of The reason was that the meet was going to be held in Detroit and would include a visit in Utica.
At that time it was just an unrealistic dream, but in the beginning of an invitation to a wedding in Canada landed in the mailbox. Could these events be combined? The flying time between Toronto and Detroit is a mere 45 minutes. The joy and usefulness of friends We had an eight hour layover at Newark on our way to Canada. How nice and practical to have Berit and Bill Hirsch half an hour away from the airport.
We were able to spend an evening in Toronto ten days later in the company of Ann and Bob Corcoran. Leaving Maddi to fly home to Stockholm on her own, I arrived in Detroit, or actually in Pontiac 40 kilometers north of downtown Detroit on July 3rd. It turned out that the transmission on Ole's car got stuck in reverse outside Cleveland so the car had to be flat-bedded the last miles.
But the world's best Ultramatic expertise was on hand at Pontiac so the problem was solved in rather short order. Excursion to PPG Americans love abbreviations. All of Tuesday was devoted to an excursion to PPG with lunch and an interesting program. The 64 page thick program contained explicit directions and the trip there was individual with arrival no later than by For instance, cars were placed in a large semi-circle around the large tent were lunch was going to be served.
This in recognition of the fact that was the last year for Packard at PPG, exactly fifty years ago. And suddenly I was there! The feeling when we drove through the well-known gates is difficult to describe. This was the Fourth of July so the Star-spangled Banner was streaming from the new flag-pole at the entrance, placed exactly were it had been at the time. We drove past The Lodge, adjoined to the experimental garage and the laboratory buildings.
The newly renovated water tower could be seen to the right and in the background we saw the timing tower, the so-called pagoda. Breaking off from the above mentioned buildings was the manufacturing plant that Chrysler Defense Engineering had built during WW II to manufacture tanks and the Lindbergh hangar which had been moved and now lies close to the other buildings.
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We now had a couple of hours to acquaint ourselves with the area and in several of the buildings there were guides who could tell what the various premises had been used for during PMCC's time and what was planned for the future. Professional photographers were on hand and those who wished could have their Packard photographed at the timing tower. In the yard between the lodge and the garage a real old Packard from the years in Warren and a fire truck from the teens flanked a lectern and two Pan Americans, Packard's beautiful show car fromthe car that inspired the Caribbean.
Two speakers from Packard's active time at PPG Lunch was served under two large party tents, after which we got to hear two very interesting persons. She also paid for five of the elm trees in memory of her parents and two sisters, and one for herself, to commemorate the collision with a tree when she was learning to ride the bike in her childhood. Next up was an alert fellow, especially considering that he is 97 years old.