Packard Club en­joys val­ley cruise

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - The Drumheller Mail

A f ew cla ssic c ar en thu­si­asts were cruis­ing the val­ley in style J une 22 we ek­end a s t he Al­berta Packard Club en­joyed the val­ley’s roads.

Memb ers of the club be­gan show­ing w ith t heir v in­tage rides and they had a full week­end planned of sight­see­ing, ca­ma­raderie, and the open road.

Mem­ber of t he Club Br ian DeBoeck, sa ys lo cal Pack ard owner D an McD er­mid w as in­stru­men­tal in br in­g­ing t he cruise to the val­ley.

“We‘re here un­til Sun­day, so we will visit some of the at­trac­tions. The A tlas Co al Mine, the Wayne Ho­tel and the Tyrrell Mu­seum,” said DeBoeck.

The 28- strong club is on the road ev­ery sea­son and tries to mix up their des­ti­na­tion. They have b een t hrough t he v al­ley on a num­ber of o cca­sions be­fore. That week­end they had at least a half a dozen cars on the road. 1949 is t he old­est one we have here, and, up to 1955,” said DeBoeck.

For DeBoeck, his at­trac­tion to the car is sim­ple.

“The Pack ard w as t he s econd c ar I e ver b ought and I thought it w as a go od c ar, s o I bought an­other one, and an­other after that,” he said. “They are a very well built car.”

Packards ar e all a bout lu xury. Their first r olled out the do or in 1899. And while in 1950, t hey out sold C adil­lac, t he c om­pany pur chased Stude­baker in 1953, and t he last true Packard was its 1956, con­cept the Packard Pre­dic­tor was built.

While s ome c ars still c ar­ried the Packard Mar­que, over the ne xt c ou­ple of ye ars t he Stude­baker-Packard Com­pany pulled the name­plate in 1959.

The car still holds a place in the mem­ber’s heart and t urns heads when t hey cruise down the road.

The Al­berta Packards en­joyed a week­end of cruis­ing the val­ley and sight­see­ing dur­ing one of their an­nual out­ings last week­end.

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