How much fun this test driver must have been having driving around the sand pit at the PPG!
About Hilary Davis
I have a passion for history and architecture, which sometimes gets me into situations that are at first way over my head but often end up having rewarding and satisfying outcomes.
Entries by Hilary Davis
Two intriguing shots of a Packard building in England in 1945.
Now I am a volunteer at the PPG, giving tours, working on restorations, serving on committees, writing articles. The site is in good hands and its future is bright.
Soon the enormous task of bringing the site and buildings back to their former glory was underway.
It was easier and more profitable to sell land scraped clean of obsolete and decrepit buildings.
We went to the township government officials to see if they could acquire the property in order to make it a local historic attraction.
At the end of the week, Ron wrote a comprehensive and glowing report on the PPG underscoring the historic importance of the whole site, not just the airplane hangar.
The Section 106 review puts a halt to demolition while a site is being investigated.
The PPG property had been transferred to the Land Development division of Ford, which gave me a sense of foreboding.
We drove the test track many times over the next few years, dodging protruding rebar to avoid flattening a tire.
The Packard Proving Grounds Historic Site is owned by The Packard Motor Car Foundation & is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. It is funded by foundation grants, individual & corporate contributions, service groups & events. All donations to The Packard Motor Car Foundation are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by law.
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Where to Find Us
Packard Proving Grounds
49965 Van Dyke Ave
Shelby Township, MI 48317
(586) 739-4800 – Site