Packard gave up on its automotive plant in Detroit in 1956, but the 3,500,000-square-foot complex of reinforced concrete remains - if only as remains. It is perhaps just as famous for being ruins as it was when it built cars, still attracting plenty of attention from entrepreneurs, paintballers, vandals and urban spelunkers.

Creative types love them some Packard Plant, too, evidenced by the short film produced by Cantini Pictures when they wanted to test out a homemade motorcycle and an aerial drone. The result is a few minutes of "motocross meets the monument."

Check it out in the video below. And in case it isn't obvious, you probably shouldn't try this at home... nor at the Packard plant. For a more traditional history with lots of photos, a piece in the Detroit Free Press can fill you in.


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      johnnyhedwardsjr
      • 11 Months Ago
      Man that place has to be spooky as hell at night
        churchmotor
        • 11 Months Ago
        @johnnyhedwardsjr
        Is is any LESS Spooky in the Daylight. The city that tells people to not even park their cars on the street due to vandalism and theft.
        Neez
        • 11 Months Ago
        @johnnyhedwardsjr
        you don't know the half of it. Detroit is so bankrupt and poor, that in order for the city to save on electricity. They have to turn off all the streetlights at night. I would sleep with one eye open in detroit.
      ROLO
      • 11 Months Ago
      This has been done like 20 times. Youtube
      waetherman
      • 11 Months Ago
      Are we sure that's not just a trailer for the next Wes Anderson movie?
      Confilm
      • 11 Months Ago
      Nothing video with nothing to say.
      Bahumut
      • 11 Months Ago
      Soundtrack is horrible. And that isn't a dirt bike. I'm assuming it's a modified honda cl?
      Master Austin
      • 11 Months Ago
      Not sure what the history of the problem is, but I would say here in FL whenever a property is in ruin, just about every local government will fine you on a daily basis till you fix the issue, OR if the issue continues and it's guestimated the total of the fines is larger than the value of the property you can force a foreclosure and then ownership of the problem property goes to the local government which can do what it wishes with it. (Except for personal homesteaded property so if your stuck with a trashy neighbor, they can accrue fines for years but never be pushed out). Doesn't seem where-ever this plant is has those provisions. What a shame though, it's a health and safety issue.
      Axel Antes
      • 11 Months Ago
      and then you say,america the beautiful!
      dirtfarmer
      • 11 Months Ago
      Different music but I kinda dug the whole thing
      uforme693432588
      • 11 Months Ago
      Does Packard still pay taxes on the land? If not why weren't they ordered to tear it down and clear the land so someone else can build there?
        gasaraki88
        • 11 Months Ago
        @uforme693432588
        Packard is not in business. The land belongs to the city. If some other company wants to buy that land, they can.
        lvnchevy1
        • 11 Months Ago
        @uforme693432588
        If I'm not mistaken, I believe the plant was recently sold. I believe someone from Spain bought the plant and property.
        ruphboy
        • 11 Months Ago
        @uforme693432588
        After Packard closed, the plant was sold to other buisnesses, with the intent to find other uses for the buildings and land. As time passed, the building has been sold multiple times, but no lasting use has ever been found. As such, Packard had no obligation to tear it down, since the buildings and land were sold to others. At this point, the buildings are not repairable.
      Avinash Machado
      • 11 Months Ago
      Sad to see such a glorious piece of auto history go wasted.
      Basil Exposition
      • 11 Months Ago
      Someone thinks they're a creative genius.
      cvanac8550
      • 11 Months Ago
      Dangerous place to ride .I hope he "walked the track" before he did the video.....But the point is...what is the point.....
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