Oldest Packard meet in country returns to Stagecoach Inn
The 37th Annual Texas Packard Meet will be held April 4-6 at the Stagecoach Inn in Salado. It is the oldest regional Packard meet in the country and one of the largest.
This meet is sponsored by the Texas Packard Association, comprised of the four Packard Clubs in Texas.
Typically there are 40 to 70 cars and well over 100 master registrations. Being the 37th edition of this meet will likely increase the numbers. Last year, there were over 60 Packards on display with collectors coming from 11 states.
Participants enjoy a tour, all Packard swap meet, people’s choice competition, seminars, and awards dinner. Packard lovers from all over the country compete for the long distance award.
Viewing for the public is free on Saturday morning April 5 on the grounds of the Stagecoach Inn.
Packards were once seen as some of the most prestigious on the market. The founder of the company, James Ward Packard, was an engineer by trade and began producing automobiles as early as 1899. The first Packards were designed as luxury automobiles and were priced much higher than the competition. In 1902, the Ohio Automobile Company was renamed The Packard Motor Car Company and moved to Detroit. The last Packard came off of the assembly-line in 1958.