It once was part of the Packard assembly line
Sometimes, beer and cars go together well.
Seems more and more these days iconic car brands are rising from the ashes and staking their claim in today's auto market. A lot of those brands hinge on their past heritage and come back bolstered by some parent OEM. I for one am a very big fan of this, as long as the execution stays true to that heritage
A tiger got loose in Detroit's Packard Plant on August 17 while a crew was conducting a photo shoot with it and other wild animals. The tiger was eventually contained.
Fernando Palazeulo is restoring the 40-acre Packard Plant complex in Detroit, starting with the pedestrian bridge over East Grand Boulevard: he's had it draped in a covering that makes the bridge look like it did in 1930.
The old Packard Plant in Detroit is one of the city's icons. All at once, it represents the vibrant history of the Motor City, its rocky past decades and the chance for something new to spring up. Despite the Packard buildings sitting empty for years, there's still life there. Among other things, it's a common spot for artists to practi
In the 1950s and early 60s, the dawn of nuclear power was supposed to lead to a limitless consumer culture, a world of flying cars and autonomous kitchens all powered by clean energy. In Europe, it offered the then-limping continent a cheap, inexhaustible supply of power after years of rationing and infrastructure damage brought on by two World Wars.
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.
The last time a car was made at Detroit's infamously derelict Packard plant was in 1958. Though it's been used for a variety of purposes since, these days it stands empty, an icon of urban decay. But that doesn't mean nobody's trying to do anything about it. The county recently put it up for auction, the winning bid placed by a doctor fro
Hard decisions have been made, score sheets have been tallied and a new car now reigns over the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The 2013 Best In Show winner here at Pebble is the 1934 Packard 1108 Twelve Dietrich Convertible Victoria owned by Joseph and
Crain's Detroit Business reports Detroit's abandoned Packard plant is set to come up for auction this September. Wayne County officially foreclosed on the property this year due to tax delinquency. The owner owed around $975,000 on the 43 parcels that make up the old manufacturing site, a
Even if you don't know Detroit, odds are you know the city's derelict Packard plant. A go-to source of urban decay porn, the plant has become a haven for graffiti artists of every caliber, arsonists, the homeless and scrappers looking to gut the structure of its steel for cash. Detroit's firefighters won't even enter the structure to put out blazes for fear of injury. The Detroit Fre
Most classic car owners are accustomed to the unusual looks other motorists cast toward their relics on the road. But when Margaret Dunning is behind the wheel of her 1930 Packard 740 Roadster, she draws more attention than her vehicle.
Despite its various and sundry dangers, urban spelunking has become something of a rite of passage for adventuresome types living in and around Detroit. And while Corktown's legendary Michigan Central Station is probably illicit explorers' favorite quarry, the derelict 3.5-million square foot Packard Plant is likely a close second.
Banksy's graffiti before it was removed from the Packard plant – Click above for high-res image gallery
Pre-WWII luxury at Meadow Brook Concours 2009 - click above for high-res image gallery
Gooding & Company star cars for Pebble Beach 2009 -- Click above for high-res image gallery