Cars are growing fins and are ready to fly

Cars are growing fins and are ready to fly

Running through Sunday, the Packard Proving Grounds plays host to an “Auto Design Art Show” to honor Bill Robinson


1940 Packard 120 in one of the buildings at the Packard Proving Grounds | Larry Edsall Photos

Running through Sunday, the Packard Proving Grounds plays host to an “Auto Design Art Show” to honor Bill Robinson, a designer who worked to create concept car drawings for the Packard Motor Car Company in 1951. The era was a time when cars looked as if they were ready to take flight with growing fins, grilles like fighter-jets, and afterburner-like exhaust.

Robinson donated 12 of his Packard concept car renderings to the foundation that operates the proving grounds, located north of Detroit. Those drawings will be on display during the weekend. Tonight, Robinson presents a talk about “How a Car is Born.”

Alongside Robinson’s concept renderings, work from the League of Retired Auto Designers will be on display with several members in attendance, including Wayne Kady, Virgil Exner Jr., John Perkins, Dennis Burke and David McIntosh. Additionally, automotive fine artists such as Charles Maher, Gerald Freeman and bronze sculptor Alex Buchan will display and sell their works.



Cars undergoing restoration at packard proving grounds

The Studebaker National Museum located in South Bend Indiana, has “original hybrids” on display through June 4, 2017. The exhibit will showcase examples of hybrids — European cars with American powertrains — such as the Iso Grifo, the Sunbeam Tiger, and Donald Healey’s very own Nash-Healey, serial No. 001.

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, has the Tucker 48 Sin City 2 Movie car on display through April 1, 2017. The car is a handmade replica of a 1948 Tucker and was driven by Mickey Rourke and Eva Greene.

Car shows (with and without coffee):

Muscle Car City holds its monthly car show Saturday in Punta Gorda, Florida, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California, plans Cars and Coffee on December 4, from 8-10 a.m.

The Kansas City Auto Museum offers Cars and Coffee this weekend and will feature Mustang Month in the Drive-In!

The British National Motor Museum holds Simply Aston Martin on April 9 followed by Simply Ford on April 30.

And it’s not just cars:


Packard proving grounds during annual car show

Tonight, the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, invites guests to celebrate the opening of the Amore della Strada exhibit and the Cars & Christmas display. The night includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn, Indiana, is holding a one-day Giving Tuesday event entitled, 100 Today or Else We Stay! The museum staff will be on hand and will stay at the museum until 100 donations of $100 or more are collected to benefit the museum’s educational programs.

Educational Opportunities:

The autumn series of lectures at the National Motor Museum in England resumes Saturday with Sarah Cofts discussing Women in Motorsport. On December 3, the museum’s chief engineer, Doug Hill, discusses “Under the Bonnet Again.”

From 10 a.m. to noon on November 26 and December 17, the AACA Museum holds a two-hour Build-A-T Workshop for children 8-12 years old. Advance registration is required.

The Simeone Museum in Philadelphia holds a demo day featuring the “People’s Choice” winners on November 26.

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