Packard Proving Grounds’ 2013 Cars R Stars Show 3D Video – Don Sommer’s 1930s Packard Phaeton & 1953 Buick Skylark Dwarf 1961 Lotus Seven

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I try to avoid using superlatives and words like legendary, but Don Sommer is a car collecting legend and not just because of his show winning Packards and Buicks. He was one of the founders and driving forces behind the Meadow Brook Concours, now the Concours of America at St. John’s. His company, American Arrow Corp., is where to go if you have a pre-war classic and you need a hood ornament, a set of wire wheels or just about any other part fabricated. Don’s active in the Detroit Packard community and he brought his 1930 Packard phaeton to the Cars R Stars show at the Packard Proving Grounds this past Sunday. Don brought another car to the show, his ’53 Buick Skylark, one of the factory customs that year from GM (along with the Oldsmobile Fiesta and the Cadillac Eldorado). Those cars were essentially hand built, with less than 1700 ’53 Skylarks produced. The Buick may have been sporty for 1953 but it’s still a big car and the 1930 Packard would be considered large in any car era. This video was shot as people started leaving the show and in between Sommer’s two cars was what was probably the smallest car at the show, a 1961 Lotus Seven. Later on I’ll be posting photos of the Seven on the show field. It was sitting next to a MG TD, not exactly a land yacht, and the MG dwarfed the Lotus.

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