The mission of the Packard Proving Grounds Historic Site

To preserve the legacy of the Packard Motor Car Company through the restoration and preservation of the Packard Proving Grounds, educating future generations about America’s automotive history.

PPG Restoration Project

PPG History

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LODGE

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REPAIR GARAGE

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POWER HOUSE 

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CARRIAGE GARAGE

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TANK TEST CENTER

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ELEVATED WATER TANK

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HANGAR

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TIMING STAND

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GROUNDS

Our Plan

The Packard Proving Grounds, managed and supported by the Packard Motor Car Foundation, a 501(3)C nonprofit Corporation, will fulfill its mission through engaging activities such as, but not limited to, the following:

  • Historically accurate restoration of the PPG buildings and grounds
  • Displays of Packard automobiles and memorabilia throughout the PPG
  • Conduct and host educational seminars
  • Provide public access to digital materials covering all things Packard
  • Displays highlighting Packard’s role in WWII’s great American Arsenal of Democracy
  • Engage and grow partnerships with local schools and colleges for automotive, restoration, and architectural programs by providing hands on experiences at the PPG
  • Partner with state and local government on multiple levels to support the community and create awareness of the PPG as part of the Pure Michigan campaign.
  • Partner and leverage synergies with various museums; collections; automobile, aviation, and marine clubs; historical re-enactors; and historical societies to engage the general public through combined events with interactive displays to provide greater historical context and meaning for our guests.

Improvements & Ongoing Projects on the Grounds

Lodge – Repairs & Updates

Chimney Repairs
Electrical
Garage Lights
Plumbing
Heat
Interior & Exterior Restoration
Garage Doors
Storm Windows
Fire Suppression
Occupancy Permit

Repair Garage – Repairs & Updates

Interior & Exterior Restoration
HVAC
Electrical
Plumbing
Garage Lights
Hold & Serve Area
Restrooms
Storm Windows
Fire Suppression
Garage Doors
Roof
Chimney Repairs
Gift Shop / Tool Crib
Occupancy Permit

Power House – Repairs & Updates

Interior & Exterior Restoration
Relocation of Site Offices

Carriage House – Repairs & Updates

Interior & Exterior Restoration
HVAC
Restroom
Garage Doors

Tank Test Center – Repairs & Updates

Interior & Exterior Restoration
Roof
Vehicle Maintenance
The Vault
The Library
Restroom
Garage Doors
Windows
Fire Suppression
HVAC
Displays
Occupancy Permit

Elevated Water Tank – Repairs & Updates

Paint
Packard Logo Stencil

Hanger – Repairs & Updates

Footings & Floor
Relocation
Paint
Repair & Coat Roof
Interior Restoration
Occupancy Permit

Timing Stand – Repairs & Updates

Interior & Exterior Restoration
Lighting
Displays

Grounds – Repairs & Updates

Parkways Outside Gates
Parkways Inside Gates
Main Gates
Front Wall Gate
East Half of Property
West Half of Property
South Property
Trees
Fences
East End Walls
South Property Wall
LED Sign

How it started