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Shelby Charter Township in Macomb County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Extreme Testing

The Packard Endurance Runs

 
 
Extreme Testing: The Packard Endurance Runs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 3, 2019
1. Extreme Testing: The Packard Endurance Runs Marker
Inscription.  
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.

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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
Extreme Testing: The Packard Endurance Runs Marker - left image image. Click for full size.
Image courtesy of The Packard Motor Car Foundation.
2. Extreme Testing: The Packard Endurance Runs Marker - left image
Many checks are made on the car during this night-time pit stop in the 1954 endurance run.
Packard Proving Grounds, about 0.25 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. 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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Extreme Testing: The Packard Endurance Runs Marker - center image image. Click for full size.
Image courtesy of The Packard Motor Car Foundation.
3. Extreme Testing: The Packard Endurance Runs Marker - center image
During the 1954 endurance run, a pheasant flew through the windshield and in this photo test track personnel check the plexiglass replacement windshield.
Extreme Testing: The Packard Endurance Runs Marker - upper right image image. Click for full size.
Photo courtesy of The Packard Motor Car Foundation.
4. Extreme Testing: The Packard Endurance Runs Marker - upper right image
Officials watch as a crew refuels the car during the 1954 25,000-mile endurance run.
Extreme Testing: The Packard Endurance Runs Marker - lower right image image. Click for full size.
Photo courtesy of The Packard Motor Car Foundation.
5. Extreme Testing: The Packard Endurance Runs Marker - lower right image
After the 1954 endurance run, the engine and transmission showed no signs of wear after continuous driving for 10 days at an average of 104.74 mph.
Extreme Testing: The Packard Endurance Runs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 3, 2019
6. Extreme Testing: The Packard Endurance Runs Marker
View looking toward the southwest, with the timing stand and a portion of the test track in the background.
Extreme Testing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 3, 2019
7. Extreme Testing Marker
View looking to the west along North Proving Grounds Boulevard. This marker is at the end of the road, just to the left.
 

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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 70 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 8, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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