Cars 'R' Stars returns to Packard Proving Grounds

Historic wood-trimmed cars will be featured
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SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Cars ‘R’ Stars @ PPG (Packard Proving Grounds) returns for its second year to the historic setting of the legendary Packard Proving Grounds on Sunday June 12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The special feature of this year’s show will be “The Classic Beauty of Wood in Auto Styling” and some of the most outstanding examples of classic wood trimmed cars will be on view. Collector cars of every variety are invited to pre-register and join the celebration at the picturesque and historic proving grounds. A convenient new entrance established on 23 Mile Road is reserved exclusively for show cars. All pre-registered cars will be eligible for reserved club and class parking, and each pre-registered entry will receive a specially- designed custom commemorative plaque. The pre-registration fee is just $15. The fee will be $20. on the day of the event. Cars MUST be registered by1 1 a.m. and inside the gates to be judged.

In addition, the awards for Cars ‘R’ Stars best-in-class winners will be uniquely crafted from sections of the manufacturing floor of the historic Packard Plant in Detroit and will be a distinctive keepsake.

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The Cars ‘R’ Stars organizers are 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, returns to the show this year bringing his considerable network of contacts to keep the annual event energized. Last year the show attracted over 250 renovated and restored classic autos of every variety and more than 300 are expected this year.

“We are actively seeking out the participation of car clubs and individual car owners to pre-register and plan to bring their vehicles to the Cars ‘R’ Stars event,” said Sommer. “The historic significance of the Packard Proving Grounds makes it the ideal setting for a classic car meet and celebration. These idyllic grounds are a piece of Michigan history where the greatest American autos ran their paces . Everyone is encouraged to bring their classic vehicle, and the organizers offer a special invitation to car clubs to pre-register and attend together, showing their cars as a group while attracting potential new club members."

Sommer emphasized that all cars from brass and classic models to'50s favorites and muscle cars are welcome.

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Cars ‘R’ Stars @ PPG offers a variety of activities including:

  • The CAR SHOW featuring static Concours judging with class and club awards
  • A SWAP MEET with indoor and outdoor spaces for 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 Jammin’ Jerry

In addition, the public will have the opportunity to tour the beautiful 83 year old Albert Kahn designed Packard Gate Lodge, under restoration by the Packard Motor Car 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. The Lodge features three fireplaces and has three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a multi colored slate roof. There is also a dormitory above the 6,500 sq. foot garage that served as temporary living space for engineers and other overnight visitors. The Lodge and famous entrance gates served as a backdrop for much of Packard’s advertising and symbol for the company. Tours of the Lodge will be offered for Cars ‘R’ Stars visitors.

Walk – in admission to Cars ‘R’ Stars @ PPG on June 12 is just $5 and children under 12 are free.

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The Packard Proving Grounds is located on Van Dyke, south of 23 Mile Road in Shelby Township. For information call: Tom Mitchell at 586-247-5921 or go to

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