The Packard Motor Car Foundation is proud to present an entertaining and informative lecture by Terry Ernest about the Gar Wood Boat Factory on Thursday evening, April 2nd, 2020 at 7:00 PM at the Packard Proving Grounds 49965 Van Dyke Ave, Shelby Township.
Garfield Arthur “Gar” Wood began building boats at a factory he purchased in 1916 in Algonac. His boats were well built and popular and, after a few years, demand for them began to exceed production capacity at the Algonac factory. In 1930, Wood built a larger, more modern boat factory in Marysville. For nearly two decades, this factory produced some of the finest wooden boats in the world. It was here in 1932 that Wood built the Miss America X, currently housed at the Packard Proving Grounds. This wooden racing boat, built mainly of spruce and mahogany, is just over 39 feet long and is powered by four Packard V12 engines. It was built to compete in the Harmsworth Trophy race of that year and, with Gar Wood at the helm, it succeeded in beating the more powerful British boat.
Terry Ernest is a life-long car enthusiast as well as founder and president of the Wills Sainte Claire Auto Museum in Marysville. His interest in automotive and local history compelled him to create this program about Gar Wood, his amazing boats, and his modern factory. Although Wood’s boat factory no longer stands, Terry will present images of the building from the 1930’s during his presentation.
The Miss America X (MAX) is on display at the Packard Proving Grounds, and a tour will follow the presentation.