Skip to comments.Watch this guy explore Detroit's abandoned Packard Plant on a dirt bike.
Posted on 01/21/2014 10:00:39 AM PST by nascarnation
Packard gave up on its automotive plant in Detroit in 1956, but the 3,500,000-square-foot complex of reinforced concrete remains - if only as remains. It is perhaps just as famous for being ruins as it was when it built cars, still attracting plenty of attention from entrepreneurs, paintballers, vandals and urban spelunkers.
Creative types love them some Packard Plant, too, evidenced by the short film produced by Cantini Pictures when they wanted to test out a homemade motorcycle and an aerial drone. The result is a few minutes of "motocross meets the monument."
Check it out in the video below. And in case it isn't obvious, you probably shouldn't try this at home... nor at the Packard plant. For a more traditional history with lots of photos, a piece in the Detroit Free Press can fill you in.
(Excerpt) Read more at autoblog.com ...
I’m moving to Detroit. Only a matter of time. The only things missing from this vid are paintguns.
“What a dump.”
Sad state of disrepair and decay.
Best of luck. Maybe you can start a restoration revival of that once great place called Detroit.
Riding on that roof looks pretty scary. No telling when you’ll find a weak spot.
The sad thing about the Packard plant is that it had working businesses in it not much more than a decade ago. Scumbags on the city council saw a quick buck and let a chinese salvage company come in and start tearing out wiring and other useful metals.
I remember seeing an interview with a guy who was restoring classic cars in part of the building at the time. He said they were working like any other day and the lights went out. He went to find out what the deal was and a found that the city had cut the power so the salvage crew could get started.
Absolutely, maybe they could include this event in the X-games....
No, but I’d love to blog about it, if I could find a way to make money doing so. Some might object. ;)
Interesting background link in the article.
The people who have been in charge of Detroit for the past thirty years should be caught, tried and hanged for what they did to the citizens of that city.
BTW the property has been sold.
Sad picture. Detroit factory workers begin dismantling Packard assembly line ...
Ping For Later Enjoyment!
From your link...
Fernando Palazuelo, of Peru, now owns the site which spans more than 40 acres on Detroits east side.
The third-place bidder in a Wayne County auction, Palazuelo paid $405,000 after two other bids fell through.
Amazing pic, like they were tearing out the line right after the final car passed by.
That is, I believe, the place where they built the Packard Merlin that powered my father’s P-51.
When his squadron went on sorties across the North Sea to Norway in the winter of 1944-45, they were told that if the engine failed, no one would come to look for them, because they’d be dead before the search planes got off the ground.
The Packard workers did their job well. If they had not, I would not be here. Sad to see this place in such a state of decay.
Just don’t excerpt!!
I’m fascinated with Detroit - the history and glory days. There has to be a way back.
a certain irony riding the Honda 2 stroke, through a collapsed American automotive plant.....
The Way Back Machine?
Yes I believe you are correct.
Many years after the fact I worked in the labs where the Allison V1710 engines were tested during WW2.
I will say they ran the living sh!t out of each engine before shipping it to make sure there were no premature failures.
Agree, but also ironic that so many of Honda’s cars and bikes are now built here in the US.
Lol...yeah, that’s it.
I’ll have to check it out later. Won’t load on my smart phone.
“The first two Packard-built Merlins to be completed were demonstrated on test stands at a special ceremony at the Packard plant in Detroit on August 2, 1941.
Full production began in 1942 and by the end of World War II, 55,873 Merlins had been produced in the U.S.A. The Army Air Forces used the engine almost exclusively in the famed P-51 “Mustang”, for it provided greatly improved high-altitude performance over the Allison V-1710 engine used in earlier series of the airplane. The V-1650 Merlin also replaced the V-1710 in the “F” series of the P-40. The British also used Packard-built Merlin’s during the last three years of the war in their “Spitfire”, “Mosquito”, and “Lancaster” airplanes.”
Things have a long way to go but things are changing in Detroit and other cities would be well advised to keep an eye on what is happening there.
Things like allowing private companies to compete with public services. When it comes to direct personal freedoms I doubt you could find a freer big city in the country. There is now a pro gun police chief who is doing the heavy lifting and there has been a significant drop in the violent crime rate.
There is a lot of Canadian investment going on in Detroit and big financial players are transferring a lot of people to Detroit from NY.
First car I can remember well..at age 6..my dad’s new 1953 Packard Caribbean coupe..the swan hood ornament was gorgeous..and he had those curb feelers on the fenders...I loved to play with them when the car was in the driveway.
A buddy and I had "big plans", years ago, to go buy a bunch of houses that were selling for $1 in Detroit. We were dreaming of being a two-person revitalization team.
Enjoy the audio of this P-51 fly by with the Merlin engine humming along.
I love the smell of high octane av gas in the morning..
seeing all the graffiti in there, it might be good to use the buddy system when entering.
They were literally tearing up the floor as the last car cleared the line?? I hope it’s in a museum somewhere.
I read that the owner of the Ambassador Bridge is doing an effective job of tying up the land purchase for the new bridge to Windsor. True?
“And in case it isn’t obvious, you probably shouldn’t try this at home.”
Why not? My home is well over 3.5 million square feet.
I’ll bet that makes the Noo Yawkers deliriously happy. /s
40 years of liberal control
The last Packards that were built in Detroit were made in 1956. The car in the picture is, I believe, a 1954 Clipper.
THE PACKARD NAME IS STILL WIDELY KNOWN AND RESPECTED AROUND THE WORLD
PACKARD MOTOR CAR COMPANY is a registered Arizona Corporation and is the registered owner of the Packard Name Trademark for automobiles and parts. The Company licenses various companies to use the Packard name, and the Company also manufactures and markets Packard branded automobile parts.
I understand China is also buying into Detroit. (Re; FOX Business News)
Detroit sits astride the busiest trade corridor on the continent and its crossing is the second busiest freight crossing on the continent after Laredo.
That’s not going to change and its something conservatives should want to gain control of.
My personal opinion on this new model of Packard is...YUCK.
I hate the look of almost every car out in the past 35 years or so. The one of a handful in this period that I do like is the Ford Mustang. Also the VW Bug, until the most recent year or two when they’ve flattened them out, as opposed to the classic VW “bubble” shape the retros originally had.
I’m not sure I’d go in there without my own personal team of Navy Seals, LOL.
That’s a 4-stroker my FRiend.
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