Shelby Charter Township in Macomb County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Packard Motor Car Company / Packard Proving Grounds
Packard Motor Car Company
In 1899 brothers James Ward and William Doud Packard founded the Ohio Automobile Company in Warren, Ohio. In 1902 Detroiter Henry Joy and several other local investors purchased the company, moved it to Detroit, and renamed it the Packard Motor Car Company. During the 1920s and 1930s, Packard set the standard for luxury and design. Under the direction of chief engineer Jesse G. Vincent, Packard, known as “America’s Master Motor Builder”, also made advances in aviation technology. Vincent contributed to the development of the Liberty aircraft engine during World War I and predicted the growth of commercial aviation. He considered a proving ground to be essential to high quality.
Packard Proving Grounds
The Packard Motor Car Company began building a proving ground on this site in 1926. Packard, like its competitors, had previously tested cars on city streets. Architect Albert Kahn designed the principal buildings. By 1929 the complex included the Gate Lodge, warehouses, laboratories, a high-speed test track, and twelve miles of roads simulating the worst conditions of
Erected 2005 by Michigan Historical Commission - Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number S686.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1926.
Location. 42° 39.684′ N, 83° 2.053′ W. Marker is in Shelby Charter Township, Michigan, in Macomb County. Marker is on Van Dyke Ave. (State Highway 53) 0.4 miles north of 22 Mile Rd., on the left when traveling north. The marker is in the median between two driveways leading to the two main gates entering the Proving Grounds. Very easy to see from Van Dyke Ave. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 49965 Van Dyke Ave, 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. Packard Proving Grounds (here, next to this marker); Base of Operations (within shouting distance of this marker); The Vincent Family (within shouting distance of this marker); "Quality First"In Times of War (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Packard Takes Flight (approx. 0.2 miles away); Extreme Testing (approx. 0.2 miles away); Made for Speed (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shelby Charter Township.
More about this marker. This facility hosts many large events and sometimes the historical marker can be obscured by vehicles parking for the event.
Also see . . . Blog entry about marker. (Submitted on July 25, 2020, by John Garman of Rochester Hills.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 23, 2019, by John Garman of Rochester Hills. This page has been viewed 148 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 23, 2019, by John Garman of Rochester Hills. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.