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.
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.
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:
FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS / COURTESY BILL COOK