Improvements & Ongoing Projects on the Grounds
How it started
Packard Motor Car Foundation was founded
by a group of officers and trustees of the Packard Club (Packard Automobile Classics) as an Ohio non-profit corporation. It was intended to allow donors a way to make tax-deductible contributions to a variety of Packard-related projects.
The PMCF became focused on the preservation of the former Packard Proving Grounds in Shelby Township, Michigan
In this effort, under the leadership of President Becca Kuehl, the PMCF supported a group of Michigan-based Packard enthusiasts who were mobilizing to preserve a portion of the famous Proving Grounds which had been slated for demolition. Through extensive negotiations with the owner of the site—Ford Motor Land Development Corporation—the most historic portion of the Proving Grounds was saved.
Foundation reincorporated in Michigan as a non-profit corporation
and the Board of Trustees changed significantly.
Foundation took possession of the 14-acre site
which included the building complex, and a section of the former test track. The aircraft hangar was moved from the track infield onto this site. The preservation, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse of the former Proving Grounds is now the main focus of the Foundation.
The site is now recognized on the National Register of Historic Places and is a State of Michigan historic site.
It seems that almost anyone who visits the site becomes taken with the buildings and the automotive, aviation and Arsenal of Democracy history of the site. The Foundation officers and trustees were fortunate to recruit a dedicated group of local volunteers which has grown in size and commitment over the years.
The site has grown to approximately 17 acres of land
and has become a multi-use facility and destination for events ranging from car shows to weddings and corporate events to a farm market. Visitors are treated to educational tours of the facility which has broadened the awareness and support of the Proving Grounds far beyond the Packard collectors who started the effort.