Shelby Charter Township in Macomb County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Packard Endurance Runs
Packard combined luxury and quality
like no other automobile. The Packard Motor Car Company continually tested its products, even under extreme conditions. Two 25,000-mile tests were run here on the Packard Proving Grounds track, one in 1935 testing the Packard Super Eight automobile. In another 25,000-mile run in the fall of 1954 to test the new V-8 engine, a car was driven day and night, stopping only for fuel, tires, and driver changes.
You Auto Know
After the 1954 run was completed, the car was admired by customers in visits to Packard showrooms across the country.
Erected by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area marker series.
Location. 42° 39.682′ N, 83° 2.297′ W. Marker is in Shelby Charter Township, Michigan, in Macomb County. Marker can be reached from North Proving Grounds Boulevard. Marker is at the end of North Proving Grounds Boulevard in the former Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 49965 Van Dyke Avenue, Utica MI 48317, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Made for Speed (a few steps from this marker); Packard Takes Flight (within shouting distance of this marker); In Times of War (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Quality First" (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Vincent Family (approx. 0.2 miles away); Base of Operations (approx. 0.2 miles away); Packard Proving Grounds (approx. 0.2 miles away); Packard Motor Car Company / Packard Proving Grounds (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shelby Charter Township.
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 8, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 62 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 8, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.