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38th Texas Packard Meet-Early Report (4/12/15)
The weather man was wrong, wrong, wrong (thank God!). We did not get the prdicted rain. We did not get the thunder storms. Some mild fog and an occasional light mist was about it. Unfortunately, a lot of people left their Packards at home, so the number of cars was down. Nevertheless, there were some great Packards on display. The tour went off without a hitch and most everyone seemed to have a great time.
Tommy Baccardo's Report on the 38th Texas Packard Meet
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The 38th annual Texas Packard Meet was held in Salado, Texas, April 10-12, 2015. Salado is of historical significance because it was one of the official stops on the Chisholm Trail cattle drive which came through the area from 1866-1885. The meet site is the Stagecoach Inn which has the distinction of being the oldest hotel in Texas under continuous operation.
Unfortunately the "doom and gloom" weather forecasts of the prior week caused many people to leave their Packards at home. As it turns out, the weather was pretty much perfect for the weekend. It was lightly foggy in the mornings and overcast, which made for nice temperatures and great sunshine in the afternoons. Even with those who opted to leave the Packards at home, we did have more than forty cars entered into the various classes for the "People 'sChoice" competition. The cars ranged from a 1919 Twin Six Landaulet Town Car to several 1956 junior and senior models. Due to the decreased numbers there were several classes without an entry. The prewar favorite was the 1919 Landaulet belonging to Frank and Robin Guy. The post war choice was the 1951 300 belonging to Bill Ship. Bill also was the winner of the Jim Hollingsworth "long distance" award as he drove the '51 from Shreveport, La. In looking at the magnificent 1919, I could not help but think about the things that car has seen. I also wonder how many like it did not survive the scrap drives of WW II?
Many participants arrive on Thursday in order to drive on the "early bird" tour. Gordan and Bettye Logan have become the tour organizers by unanimous vote. On Friday morning at 9 a. m. we lined up and left the Stagecoach Inn parking lot heading towards the eventual destination of Georgetown, Texas. Through the hill country 's winding roads, the bluebonnets (state flower of Texas) as well as many other wildflowers were in full bloom. At New Corn Hill we drove by a beautiful Catholic Church built by Czech settlers in 1913. There was also an interesting Moravian Church in the same area. Approaching Georgetown, we drove through beautiful San Gabriel Park which the San Gabriel River bisects among the oak trees, which appear to be at least 100 years old. In Georgetown the 15 Packards and other modern cars making the tour, were parked around the County Court House. It is a beautiful old courthouse and is undergoing renovation. The oldest car on the tour was the Stewarts' 1925 Touring Car and there were several V 8 's on the other end of the spectrum. We drove our trusty '55 Custom Clipper. Following a lunch break, we formed the caravan again and headed over to see Gordon and Bettye Logan's collection of American and European Classic cars, which is housed near the Sports Clips headquarters there in Georgetown.
On Saturday morning the Packards were parked in the various classes for viewing and voting while the Packard Swap Meet took place around the antique Stagecoach, which stands out front of the Inn. Last year I sold more than I bought, but that was not the case this year. Saturday afternoon several seminars were held in the Longhorn room to a standing room only crowd. Then Saturday evening a formal dinner was followed by the awards presentation.
At the Sunday morning business meeting it was announced that April 1-3 will be the dates for the 39th meet. The Texas Packard Meet is sponsored by the four Texas Regions of the Packard Club. The regions are Lone Star Packard, Heart of Texas Packards, North Texas Packard, and Arklatex Packard. Please join us in 2016.
We are looking forward to the 39th annual Texas Packard meet in 2016. Here are some details:
Hold everything! The Stagecoach Inn has been sold. The new owners will need two years to make the planned improvements. So, we are starting a search for a new site. Your recommendations will be considered. Thank you.
The 39th Annual Texas Packard Meet will occur April 1-3, 2016. As always, it will be held at the historic Stagecoach Inn in Salado (254-947-5111), just 50 miles north of Austin on I-35. This is the largest and oldest regional Packard meet in the country. Depending on weather, there are usually over 200 participants from more than 20 states and as many as 66 cars. Participants enjoy an "early bird" tour, swap meet, seminars," peoples choice" competition, and an awards dinner. For info contact meet registrar Jeannie Clark at 210-497 6836 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please, please, please make your reservations early. The Stagecoach Inn books up quickly. The Inn is not fancy, but it is so convenient! There are a few other places to stay in Salado and they fill up quickly as well. The Best Western Plus Salado Inn is a close alternative. It is a new and decent motel and has a free breakfast as a plus. Belton and Temple have plenty of motels, but they are from 9 to 15 miles from Salado.
Registration for 2015 (2016 Information will be posted later)
(Information & Registration Form for 2016 will be available later.
This information will give you a feel for a typical meet.)
Don't wait on making motel reservations as the Stagecoach Inn fills up quickly, then the few surrounding motels get full. If you wait, you may have to commute from Belton.
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Historic Photo from 2006 Texas Packard Meet
(Courtesy of Bob Supina. Photo taken by Gail Supina.)
Photo shows the late Warren Packard, Jr., Bob Supina and the late Roger White in front of
Bob's 1937 Packard Super Eight LeBaron All-Weather Town Car.
Warren and Roger were direct descendants of the founders of Packard Motor Car Company.
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