DAYTON, Ohio - Curtis Graf, a man who has driven his 1916 Packard Twin Six across the country 24 times, is the featured speaker for the 14th annual Packard Winter Weekend at America's Packard Museum in Dayton, Ohio. Graf was the first registrant for the first Great American Race and has completed in every event since and has one overall win under his belt.
The Packard Winter Weekend begins Feb. 23 with an exclusive tour of the restoration shop at The National Museum of the United States Air Force, a tour that is not regularly open to the public. The tour is followed by a welcome reception where Don Sommer, founder of the Meadow Brook Hall Concours d'Elegance, will give a talk entitled "My Life as a Car Guy."
Upon the museum's opening Feb. 24, the traditional Packard Parts "Garage Sale" will be held. This swap meet is a chance to find used or NOS Packard parts from the museum's extensive collection. Included is a fresh supply of parts recently donated by museum trustee Gene Tareshawty.
Two tours are scheduled on Saturday: A visit to the famous Esther Price Candy Co. auto collection in Dayton, and a tour of the Richard H. Grant III auto collection and restoration shop. The tour of Grant's collection also includes a demonstration of original-method woodgraining by Dale Oakes, whose great grandfather sold Packards for The Citizens Motorcar Co.
The event concludes with an evening reception where Graf will speak about his adventures in the Great American Race, followed by music.
For details and registration, call 937-226-1710, or go to www.AmericasPackardMuseum.org.