Packard Club enjoys valley cruise
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.