3D Video: Vintage Packards Return to the Packard Proving Grounds Test Track


Start the video, then pause and click on the “3D” icon in the player’s menu bar to select your choice of 3D format or 2D.

When it was operational, the Packard Proving Grounds had a 2.5 mile high speed oval concrete test track. Actually the track was intact until a few years ago when a local hot rodder sneaked onto the oval but couldn’t keep it on the track. Concerned about possible liability, Ford Motor Company’s real estate arm, which owned the property, tore all of it up except for about 450 feet immediately adjacent to the track’s timing shed. The track’s remnants and about 15 acres of the site, including all of the original Albert Kahn designed buildings, now belong to the Packard Motor Car Foundation, which is conserving and restoring the facility. At the proving grounds’ spring open house a couple of Packard owners were giving people rides down the tree lined drive and out onto what’s left of the test track. Fortunately, I was able to get some video and the 3D came out rather nicely. One of the drivers even decided to show off a little for the Cars In Depth cameras, taking a spin around the timing shed and taking a corner at speed. I’m not sure of the exact vintages, but one car was from the 1930s, I believe it’s a ’39, and the other about a decade older.

Additional video after the jump.

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