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Made for Speed

The Test Track at the Proving Grounds

 
 
Made for Speed: The Test Track at the Proving Grounds Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 3, 2019
1. Made for Speed: The Test Track at the Proving Grounds Marker
Inscription.  
The high-speed testing track was the key.
The 2 1/2-mile oval had 31-degree banked curves which allowed drivers to reach high speeds. On June 14, 1928, after winning that year's Indianapolis 500, race car driver Leon Duray drove his Miller Special to a record lap speed of 148.7 miles per hour, a record that held up until the late 1940s. The Timing Stand at the east side of the track provided observation areas for timing and other test measurements. Miles of nearby off-road courses challenged Packard automobiles with pounding conditions, including sand traps, suspended railroad ties, water baths and hill climbs.

You Auto Know
Through 28 years of vehicle performance testing, no driver's or mechanic's life was lost at the Packard Proving Grounds.
 
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° 39.676′ N, 83° 2.298′ 
Made for Speed: The Test Track at the Proving Grounds Marker - upper left image image. Click for full size.
Photo courtesy of The Packard Motor Car Foundation., August 3, 2019
2. Made for Speed: The Test Track at the Proving Grounds Marker - upper left image
A 1949 Super Eight sedan on a curve of the test track.
W. Marker is in Shelby Charter Township, Michigan, in Macomb County. Marker can be reached from South Proving Grounds Boulevard. Marker is at the end of South Proving Grounds Boulevard in the former Packard Proving Grounds, about 0.25 miles west of Van Dyke Avenue. There is no street sign for South Proving Grounds Boulevard, which is about 0.4 miles north of 22 Mile Road. The grounds of the Proving Grounds behind the main gates are not always open to the public. 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. Extreme Testing (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); The Vincent Family (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Quality First" (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.
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
Made for Speed: The Test Track at the Proving Grounds Marker - lower far left image image. Click for full size.
Photo courtesy of The Packard Motor Car Foundation.
3. Made for Speed: The Test Track at the Proving Grounds Marker - lower far left image
Packard President Alvan Macauley and others in the timing stand checking the performance of a 1932 Packard Twin Six seven passenger sedan.
Made for Speed: The Test Track at the Proving Grounds Marker - near lower left image image. Click for full size.
Photo courtesy of The Packard Motor Car Foundation.
4. Made for Speed: The Test Track at the Proving Grounds Marker - near lower left image
A 1936 Packard Twelve leaving the track after testing.
Made for Speed: The Test Track at the Proving Grounds Marker - near right image image. Click for full size.
Photo courtesy of The Packard Motor Car Foundation.
5. Made for Speed: The Test Track at the Proving Grounds Marker - near right image
A 1937 Super Eight sedan plows through the water-bath testing area.
Made for Speed: The Test Track at the Proving Grounds Marker - far right image image. Click for full size.
Photo courtesy of The Packard Motor Car Foundation.
6. Made for Speed: The Test Track at the Proving Grounds Marker - far right image
In this performance test across railroad ties, mounted lights show the degree of bounce in time-lapse photography.
Made for Speed: The Test Track at the Proving Grounds Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 3, 2019
7. Made for Speed: The Test Track at the Proving Grounds Marker
View looking to the west. The marker is at the end of South Proving Grounds Boulevard. What remains of the test track is in the background.
Made for Speed: The Test Track at the Proving Grounds Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 3, 2019
8. Made for Speed: The Test Track at the Proving Grounds Marker
Close-up of the timing stand.
Made for Speed: The Test Track at the Proving Grounds Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 3, 2019
9. Made for Speed: The Test Track at the Proving Grounds Marker
View looking north showing the remaining 458-foot section of the test track.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 8, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 8, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on August 9, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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