Letters from History at Packard Proving Grounds
Packard automobiles were beautiful vehicles and behind all of those beautiful cars were real people. The Proving Grounds Historic Site (PPG) in Shelby Township is hosting a presentation, “Letters from Packard”, by Author and Historian, Jim Balfour, September 30, 2018 at 3 PM.
Through the PPG’s Honoring History series, this program is a chronological look at correspondence related to the company, its product, and individuals connected with the product from the beginning until the end in 1956. The presentation is more about ‘Packard Life’ during that time than about the company per se. While sometimes humorous and sometimes serious, these vignettes about employees, customers, and Packard historical events are always interesting. “This presentation is especially timely as it is the PPG’s 50th anniversary year,” mentions Mary Anne Demo, Event Coordinator.
Balfour, a Michigan native and only child of two educators, learned a lot about American history. He developed a lifelong passion for the automobile, including the Packard Motor Car Company and it’s history. After college, Balfour married, raised four sons and began a career in engineering development of automotive products and then international engineering management. He restored a 1928 Packard Vincent prototype speedster and has also authored many Packard-related articles.
The presentation, at 49965 Van Dyke, Shelby Township will be held in the historic Repair Garage. Ticket cost is $5 or free to Packard Motor Car Foundation Members.