Shelby Charter Township in Macomb County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
In Times of War
Packard's "Arsenal of Democracy"
Packard answered the call to arms,
turning its automotive expertise to the production of thousands of trucks and Liberty aircraft engines in World War I. The world again turned to Packard's "Master Motor Builders" during World War II, as their engines powered Lancaster bomber aircraft, Supermarine Spitfires, Mosquito fighters, and P-51 Mustangs, and the famous island-hopping PT boats in the South Pacific. Chrysler Defense Engineering leased the Proving Grounds during World War II to test tanks and other tracked vehicles, before automotive testing resumed there after the war.
You Auto Know
During their work on tank testing, Chrysler Defense Engineering built the large testing building behind the Proving Grounds' Repair Garage.
Erected by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Roads & Vehicles • War, World I • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area series list.
Location. 42° 39.689′ N, 83° 2.2′ W. Marker is in Shelby Charter Township, Michigan, in Macomb County. Marker can be reached from North Proving Grounds Boulevard. Marker is on North Proving Grounds Boulevard in the former Packard Proving Grounds, about 0.2 miles west of Van Dyke Avenue. There is no street sign for North 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. Packard Takes Flight (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Extreme Testing (about 400 feet away); Made for Speed (about 400 feet away); "Quality First" (about 500 feet away); The Vincent Family (about 500 feet away); Base of Operations (about 600 feet away); Packard Proving Grounds (about 600 feet away); Packard Motor Car Company / Packard Proving Grounds (about 700 feet 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 93 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 7, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.