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JUL 9, 2020 | Photos by Bill Cook

We Find Fords During Open House At Old Packard Proving Grounds

Packard Proving Ground Car Show

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- The state of Michigan is well known for its rich automotive history, especially when it comes to Ford Motor Company. Throughout the state, you’ll find many historic landmarks from Ford as well from automakers of the past and present. One of these automotive heritage sites is the old Packard Proving Grounds, just a short drive north from the city of Detroit. The landmark functioned as a production facility for the Packard Motor Car Company until the carmaker who first came to market in 1899 had folded in 1956. Ford then purchased the property in 1961 and began interior trim production at the site. The land was eventually turned over to Ford Motor Land Development Corporation in 1998 and has served as a historical site ever since.

Gray Mustang at Car Show

Today, the Packard Proving Grounds plays host to many different types of events, from private parties to weddings, and from car shows to Farmers Markets. In this Quick Look, our own car show fanatic and Ford Marketing retiree Bill Cook attended the Packard Proving Grounds’ Annual Fall Open House, which welcomes cruisers of all makes and models. The event is free to all, and classic vehicles can come and go as they please. The event features live music, a bake sale, tours of the historic buildings, and even a taxi ride in a classic Packard vehicle.

Shelby Mustang with Hood Up

Cook spent a mild October day at the cruise-in last fall, and walked the show grounds with his camera in hand to capture these photos of some of the top Blue Oval rides and historic attractions at the event:

2013 Grabber Blue GT500 Mustang

1966 Mustang in White with Stripes

Red Ford Classic Truck

1965 Ford Mustang in Red at Car Show

Red and Black Ford Mustang GT500

Classic Ford Thunderbird in dark red

Drone photo of Packard Proving Grounds

Grabber Blue Mach 1 Mustang

Packard Proving Grounds Water Tower

Light Blue Ford Thunderbird at car show

Ford Bronco at Car show

Red 1967 mustang at car show

Light blue ford thunderbird

2003 Mach 1 Mustang in Red with Black stripe

2004 Ford Cobra Terminator with hood up

Shelby Cobra in street

Teal 1965 Mustang in the sun

Ford thunderbird in white

Ford Pinto in yellow at car show

FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS / COURTESY BILL COOK

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