Packards in Paradise

 By Kelly Bozza

Packards International hosted the 55th annual International Membership Meet at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. Classic car aficionados from all over the world arrived, along with their beloved classic Packards, produced between the 1920’s through 1950’s, for the weekend long opportunity to mingle with fellow automobile collectors. 

The theme “Packards in Paradise” lived up to its name as the weekend started with a caravan tour of pre-war and post-war Packards driving along the idyllic Back Bay Drive in Newport Beach. 

“This event was a great success,” said Donnie Crevier, President of Crevier Classic Cars. “There were Packards in this show which were manufactured with specific customizations requested by the original owner, making them one-of-a-kind coveted collectibles. One of the stand out automobiles was the 1936 Packard 120 LeBaron Convertible, built on special order by a Chicago-area tobacco tycoon. Later, when American actor, director, writer and comedian Edward Herrmann became its owner, he worked with the History Channel to create an hour-long special on the restoration.” 

The Packard selected as the Most Elegant Post-War by Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas along with the selection committee was the 1956 Packard Caribbean Hardtop, owned by Jay Johnson and designed by Dick Teague. Other winners included: Aaron and Valerie Weiss; Edmund and Judy Thompson; Lloyd and Debbie Cranford; and Tom Neal. Read the full article in the latest issue of Joli Magazine.