John A. James
Packard Proving Grounds Historic Site
John has been interested in cars for as long as he can remember. He grew up in the 40’s and 50’s in Mississippi helping his Father overhaul cars and installing optional aftermarket equipment. His first car was a 1942 Dodge and his first new car was a 1965 Ford LTD. Mr. James now owns more than 2 dozen classic and collector cars ranging from the late 30’s to the early 90’s. John’s interest in the Packard came in his preteen years when a neighbor owned Packards ranging from mid to late 30’s. When John obtained his first full time job as an early teen as a grocery store delivery boy, he was also responsible for cleaning and maintaining his employers 1950 Packard. His dream was always to own a 1941 Packard and he recently acquired his first one last year (2019). Mr. James is a member of the Walter P. Chrysler Club, Ford and Mercury Restorers Club of American and the Classic Car Club of America – both the National and Michigan region.