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Packard Motor Car Show at Crescent Sail Yacht Club (Click on photos to view original size.)

Updated on January 5, 2012
1908 Packard Touring Car
1908 Packard Touring Car | Source
Henry Bourne Joy, President Packard Motor Car Company, B. 1864  D. 1936
Henry Bourne Joy, President Packard Motor Car Company, B. 1864 D. 1936 | Source
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Henry Joy/Albert Kahn Boat House
Henry Joy/Albert Kahn Boat House | Source
Henry Joy Party Room, CSYC Meeting Room Designed by Albert Kahn, Built in 1908
Henry Joy Party Room, CSYC Meeting Room Designed by Albert Kahn, Built in 1908 | Source

Motor City Packards Members Displayed Their Vintage Cars at Crescent Sail Yacht Club in Grosse Pointe July 24, 2011

Motor City Packards members showed off their beautiful vintage cars at their annual show and barbecue held this year at Crescent Sail Yacht Club in Grosse Pointe Farms July 24. The cars ranged from a 1908 convertible touring sedan to more recent designs from the 1950s, among the last Packards built before the demise of the once dominant Packard Motor Company. The Detroit News reported on July 30 that a 1932 Packard once owned by Al Jolson brought $1.1 million at auction in Plymouth, Michigan, a Detroit suburb. I can only imagine what the 1908 Packard pictured above would bring. My favorite was the green 1934 convertible coupe with a rumble seat.

Crescent Sail Yacht Club's beautiful site was once the property of Henry B. Joy, President of Packard Motor Car Company. In 1908 Joy hired Albert Kahn, Detroit's most noted architect, to design a boat house and party room for his 100-foot motor yacht. The Joy mansion, Fair Acres, was across the street from the Joy boat house at 301 Lakeshore Drive.

In the 1930s. When Henry Joy no longer had a boat and no longer had use for the boat house he allowed Crescent Sail Yacht Club to move there from it's site on the Detroit River. And when Mr. Joy's widow died she deeded the property to Crescent Sail Club stipulating that the property be used as a sailing facility for "men of moderate means" and that the club not sell alcoholic beverages. Crescent prospered and gained national prominence as a one design dinghy racing club with strong Penguin, Lightning, Thistle and Snipe racing fleets.

Motor City Packard Members Showed Off their Mint Condition Vintage Cars at Crescent Sail Yacht Club July 24, 2011

Motor City Packard Vintage Car Show, Grosse Pointe Farms Michigan
Motor City Packard Vintage Car Show, Grosse Pointe Farms Michigan | Source
Crescent Sail Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan
Crescent Sail Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan | Source
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Motor City Packard Car Show at Crescent Sail YC
Motor City Packard Car Show at Crescent Sail YC | Source
Motor City Packard Show at Crescent Sail YC
Motor City Packard Show at Crescent Sail YC | Source
Motor City Packard Show at Crescent Sail YC
Motor City Packard Show at Crescent Sail YC | Source
1908 Packard Touring Car drove to the show under its own power. It was the star of the show.
1908 Packard Touring Car drove to the show under its own power. It was the star of the show. | Source
Bruce Webster, President, Motor City Packard and 1908 Packard Touring Car
Bruce Webster, President, Motor City Packard and 1908 Packard Touring Car | Source
Bruce Webster, Motor City Packard President, Loren Hoffman and Paul Nuechterlein CSYC Coordinators for Packard Show
Bruce Webster, Motor City Packard President, Loren Hoffman and Paul Nuechterlein CSYC Coordinators for Packard Show | Source
1908 Packard Star of the Show
1908 Packard Star of the Show | Source
1908 Packard Touring Car. Star of the Show.
1908 Packard Touring Car. Star of the Show. | Source
1908 Packard with CSYC Thistle in Background
1908 Packard with CSYC Thistle in Background | Source
1908 Packard Touring Car
1908 Packard Touring Car | Source

1930 Packard Phaeton deedsphotos

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1930 Packard Convertible Sedan
1930 Packard Convertible Sedan | Source
1930 Packard Phaeton
1930 Packard Phaeton | Source
1930 Packard Phaeton
1930 Packard Phaeton | Source
1930 Packard Phaeton
1930 Packard Phaeton | Source
Rear window detail, 1930 Packard Phaeton
Rear window detail, 1930 Packard Phaeton | Source
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1956 Packard Convertible
1956 Packard Convertible | Source
1956 Packard Convertible
1956 Packard Convertible | Source
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Packard 180 Pre-WWII Limo
Packard 180 Pre-WWII Limo | Source
Packard 180 Sedan/Limo, c. 1938
Packard 180 Sedan/Limo, c. 1938 | Source
Packard 180 Limo c. 1938?
Packard 180 Limo c. 1938? | Source

1934 Packard Convertible Coupe, Straight out of "The Great Gatsby" photos by ralph deeds

1934 Packard Convertible Coupe
1934 Packard Convertible Coupe | Source
1934 Packard Convertible Coupe
1934 Packard Convertible Coupe | Source
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Rumble Seat 1934 Packard Convertible Coupe
Rumble Seat 1934 Packard Convertible Coupe | Source
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Cormorant Hood Ornament
Cormorant Hood Ornament | Source
Cormorant Hood Ornament
Cormorant Hood Ornament | Source

1940 Packard Convertible Touring Sedan deedsphotos

Packard 1940 Convertible Touring Sedan
Packard 1940 Convertible Touring Sedan | Source
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All the Vintage Cars Arrived and Left Under their Own Power

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80 year old Packard, 101 year old driver.
80 year old Packard, 101 year old driver. | Source

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    • wilderness profile image

      Dan Harmon 

      5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Beautiful work Ralph. I love car shows, particularly those with lots of the 30's and prior motor machines.

      Don't know whether I prefer the first, the green or the last one with it's owner older than the car. To think, she might have owned just such a car in her youth, and driven it!

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks, Harvey.

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      Harvey Stelman 

      7 years ago from Illinois

      Ralph, We don't agree on much, but we can both agree on the beauty of this. H

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      latitude38 

      7 years ago from tamalpais valley, ca.

      ralph, outstanding job, great pictures of american pride and craftsmanship at it's best. the cars from this era were both beautiful to look at as well as they represented the engineering feats of the american engineer and worker of an era i am said to say we may never see again ! thanks for sharing

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      Coolmon2009 

      7 years ago from Texas, USA

      When I was growing up my dad had a 49 Chevy. It was in good mechanical and he drove it daily. Thanks for the memories and I like your selection of pictures too.

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      Marcelo 

      7 years ago

      Thank you, Ralph. Nice presentation with great pictures, part of history. I remember the Packard of the 40's, they were very elegant.

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks for the comment. I liked the Phaeton, but my favorite was the green 1934 convertible roadster with the rumble seat. I always wanted to ride in a rumble seat but never got the chance.

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      writeronline 

      7 years ago

      Ralph, great cars, great pics, and what a great venue too! The Hub's not bad either... :)

      I love all the Packards, but would kill for the 1930 Phaeton. What a beautiful machine.

      Thanks for posting this, I enjoyed it immensely. And voted accordingly.

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Interesting. Thanks. Many fewer people required today.

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      girlpower 

      7 years ago

      great hub, here is a video for you showing the 1938 chevy assembly line its fantastic http://www.dump.com/2011/07/15/fascinating-1936-fo... enjoy

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      barranca 

      7 years ago

      Hi Ralph, I like the pink one. Back in the day when Americans knew how to make things.

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      Harvey Stelman 

      7 years ago from Illinois

      Ralph, Thanks for this. The older the car, the more I love its looks. H

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks for the comments. Henry Joy was king of the car industry at the turn of the century when nobody had heard of Henry Ford. Things change!

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      Terry Stuck 

      7 years ago

      Absolutely outstanding a WOW factor of 12 on a scale of 10. Who knew of the showing? Why didn't CSYC inform the public and charge a $1 to come to the club?

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      PETER LUMETTA 

      7 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      Ralph I grew up down the street from Packard Motors in Detroit, My Grandfather drove a Packard and I was even as a kid sorry when they closed the plant. Great article and you did a great job presenting it, Thanks

      Peter

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      Wizard Of Whimsy 

      7 years ago from The Sapphire City

      Ralph, I love these and even better I have a good friend who is restoring two Packards and sent him the link. I know he will treasure these images and will inspire him. Thanks!

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      Hugh Williamson 

      7 years ago from Northeast USA

      Great write up Ralph and even better photos. I wonder if the people who owned them when they were new cars, knew how lucky they were. I bet you had a ball at the show.

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      H. Ralph 

      7 years ago

      Brought back memories !

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks for your comment. I had fun taking the pictures.

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      Jed Fisher 

      7 years ago from Oklahoma

      Loved this hub, loved the pictures of the cars, really enjoyed this break!

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