One of the headline cars of the Cars ‘R’ Stars @ PPG
is the original Jack May Z –11 Impala Drag Racer.
Cars ‘R’ Stars @ PPG, a new classic car show and celebration created to replace the venerable Carnival of Cars, is about to make its debut. The event will take place Sunday, June 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the historic Packard Proving Grounds on Van Dyke, south of 23 Mile Road in Shelby Township, Mich.
New organizers of the beloved automotive show and celebration are a collaboration of the Detroit Chapter of the Veteran Motor Car Club of America, Motor City Packards and the Packard Motor Car Foundation. In addition to the Car Show, the celebration will feature a Swap Meet and Car Corral.
Nationally known classic car aficionado Don Sommer, founder of the Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance, is bringing his considerable network of contacts to the newly energized event, expected to attract nearly 200 renovated and restored classic autos of every variety.
One of the headline cars of the Cars ‘R’ Stars @ PPG event is the original Jack May Z –11 Impala Drag Racer. Once owned by the legendary race car owner Jack May, it earned a considerable list of racing victories and was tuned and driven by Larry Wilson known as “Good Ole Mr. Wilson” and Ronie Sox, barnstorming the east coast. It remained hidden for decades and has been restored to its original glory by Hank, Jason and John Gabbert and will now be seen at Cars ‘R’ Stars. Only 50 of these cars were ever created.
Another highlight of the event will be the specially created and utterly unique award trophies, made from reclaimed parts of the historic Packard Motor Car factory on East Grand Boulevard in Detroit where Packards were built from 1903 to 1956. The trophy uses historic wood from the paneling of the offices with an original Packard produced piston, from the 1930s, mounted to it.
“We are very excited about the enthusiastic participation of car clubs and individual car owners bringing their vehicles to the Cars ‘R’ Stars event,” said Don Sommer. “The historic significance of the Packard Proving Grounds makes it an important and ideal setting for a classic car meet and celebration. These newly restored grounds are a piece of Michigan history where the greatest American autos ran their paces and the Arsenal of Democracy was tested.
“The beauty of this event is that everyone is invited to bring their classic vehicle, including car clubs, and enjoy the setting and the camaraderie of fellow automotive lovers.”
He emphasized that all cars from brass and classic models to fifties favorites and muscle cars are welcome. He added that cars are welcome to come the day of the event for a fee of $20.
The organizers encourage participation of exceptional commercial trucks, emergency and military vehicles that compliment the grounds’ association with the Arsenal of Democracy. All other items of transportation are welcome.
The new organizers are offering a variety of activities including
· The CAR SHOW featuring new static Concours judging and class and club awards
· A SWAP MEET with indoor and outdoor areas and over 200 vendors as well as a special arts and crafts area.
· A CAR CORRAL with a great selection of cars for sale
· Music by DJ
In addition, the public will have the opportunity to tour the beautiful 83-year-old Albert Kahn designed Packard Gate Lodge, restored by the Packard Foundation as both a Michigan and National Historic Site. The Lodge is a Tudor Revival style residence that served as the home for the proving grounds manager and his family and features three fireplaces, nine bedrooms, four bathrooms and a multi colored slate roof. There is also a dormitory above the 6,500 sq. foot garage that served as living space for test drivers and engineers. The Lodge and famous entrance gates served as a backdrop for much of Packard’s advertising and symbol for the company. The house will be open free to all Cars ‘R’ Stars visitors.
Walk – in admission to Cars ‘R’ Stars @ PPG on June 13 is $5 and children under 12 are admitted free.
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