Cars ‘R’ Stars at Packard Proving Grounds

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Hood ornament: 1933 Diamond T

Photos by Steve Purdy

Local farmers and we few photographers appreciated the intermittent light rain that fell all morning, albeit for entirely different reasons, but the organizers and participants in the Cars ‘R’ Stars show… not so much.

Formerly known as the Carnival of Cars, this show, officially Cars ‘R’ Stars at the PPG, supports the goals of the Packard Motor Car Foundation and its efforts to preserve, develop and maintain the historic Packard Proving Grounds, located some 22 miles north of Detroit.

Opened in 1927, the Packard Proving Grounds was a marvel of technology and beauty in its day with buildings designed and built by the most prestigious architect of the era, Albert Kahn. Historic buildings remain, as does the tall water tower and a section of the test track that includes the historic timing tower.

Attendance of both participants and spectators for the show and swap meet suffered because of the weather this year, but there were enough vehicles to bring you some fun photos, especially of the featured historic commercial vehicles.

For more on the foundation’s effort to preserve the proving grounds, see www.PackardMotorFdn.org.

 

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Steve Purdy has been writing about and photographing cars, both old and new, for over 30 years. His words and images have appeared in more than a dozen publications and his photos have been featured in a variety of galleries. He has been involved in radio, film and TV projects as well including the creation of his own radio show about automobiles and motorsports that is currently part of the Web-based Michigan Business Network. His first love is classic and collector cars which, he says, represent the best in automobile aesthetics.

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  1. Enjoyed the cars and the photography. The1957 Nash looks amazing! BTW, the black Cadillac hearse pictured is a 1959, not 1957.

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