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Last updated:    10//04/2023


"Feature Car"

Bob Newlands & Jan Taylor

1927 Model 343-7P Touring

 

   

  

Events!

  

Tours and meetings are back. We have great hope, and a full Calendar, for 2024.

   

  

 Club Meetings

   

Meetings are held with CCCA for the foreseeable future. The venue is Ernestos Italian Restaurant, 8544 SW Apple Way, Portland, OR. Next meeting will be at the annual Holiday Dinner Saturday,  December 9.  See the Calendar. 

   

Movie Day 

Felicitations feature film fans!  I trust you’re all feeling fine and free to file in for another fun filled fiesta at Howard Freedman’s fabulous Garage for our 2024 movie day.  The flyer with all the details is attached.  Please note that, because of the snow predicted for this Saturday, we have moved this back a week to January 20th.  Please also note the need to let us know you’re coming to make sure there’s enough food. 10AM to 4pm @ Howards Garage, 1240 SE Gideon St, Portland. Please RSVP with Bob Earls via email; covairdude@comcast.net, or by phone, like in the movies, at 503-810-3839  

   

  

 The 2023 Oregon Clipper, coming soon

Featuring a very busy year.

Thanks John & Joe

    

  

   

2018 Packard Holiday Dinner

   

2018 Forest Grove Concours 

   

   

PACKARDS OF OREGON

Is dedicated to the preservation and use of Packard automobiles; to provide a source and exchange of history, technical assistance and other material related to the car and to provide and regulate tours, events and exhibition of the Packard. Ownership of a Packard is not required for membership.

Meetings are held with CCCA and are open to the public. The venue  Ernestos Italian Restaurant, 8544 SW Apple Way, Portland, OR. Next meeting will be Thursday,  January 5, at 6PM.  See the Calendar. 

   

WHO MADE PACKARD?

Well, Packard made Packard of course!

Packard was one of the greatest marques in the history the automobile, projecting the aura, prestige and excellence unmatched by any other manufacturer in North America during the years between the two world wars.  Packard has been described as being the automobile that, “expressed a young America’s striving for elegance, a tradition, a heritage to match the centuries-old culture of Europe.”  Many consider Packard the only real competition that Rolls-Royce ever faced.

The Packard Motor Car Company produced 1,610,890 automobiles between 1899 and 1958.

Packard produced a famous advertising slogan that is still being used for other products and services today.  It was originated in 1901 by James Packard, who believed that talking about Packards was a waste of time, best left to the owners.  When his secretary asked him for a sales brochure to send to a prospective customer, Packard replied that they had no literature and to tell the customer to, “Ask the Man Who Owns One.”

In 1921 Warren G. Harding was the first American president to be driven in an automobile to his inauguration.  The automobile was a big, beautiful, Twelve-cylinder “Twin-Six” Packard.  In 1937 the first car to cross the brand new Golden Gate Bridge was a Packard.

Packard was also responsible for many automotive “firsts” such as:

-          First to use a steering wheel instead of a tiller

-          First to equip cars with balloon (pneumatic) tires as standard equipment

-          First to include front and rear bumpers as standard equipment

-          First to use the selective gear shift with the “H” pattern movement

-          First to introduce complete weather-conditioning in production cars

-          First to provide sun visors

-          First to provide a package (glove) compartment in the instrument panel

-          First American production car to provide four-wheel brakes as standard equipment

-          First company to build a 1,000 hp aircraft engine

-          First to develop and fly a diesel aircraft engine

-          First American company to offer an L-head, straight-eight engine

-          First American company to offer a V-type, twelve-cylinder engine

-          First automobile company to build a 24-cylinder engine

To find out more about Packards, go to www.packardsoforegon.net which provides easy access to the Packards or Oregon Club and other resources on the Packard Motor Car Company.  An excellent reference is “Packard, A History of the Motor Car and Company,” by Beverly Rae Kimes.

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