Shelby Charter Township in Macomb County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Packard Proving Grounds
Preserving Automotive History
There were wide open spaces here
when the Packard Motor Car Company purchased almost a full square mile of land to the west for a new testing facility. The site opened in 1928 with a high-speed 2 1/2-mile oval track with banked curves and a timing stand, an airstrip on the infield, and miles of off-road test areas. Famed architect Albert Kahn designed the elegant Lodge, Repair Garage and main gates to reflect the stature of Packard. Today, The Packard Motor Car Foundation owns and maintains the remaining 14-acre tract of the site as a landmark in automotive history.
You Auto Know
A 158-foot section of the original oval testing track remains at the west end of the site.
Erected by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1928.
Location. 42° 39.684′ N, 83° 2.056′ W. 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. Packard Motor Car Company / 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" (within shouting distance of this marker); In Times of War (about 600 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.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 7, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 99 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 7, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.