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Packard clubs to visit this weekend

The Minnesota and Hawkeye Packard automobile clubs will hold a get-together in the Austin area this weekend.

Headquarters will be the Austin AmericInn, where Packard vehicles may be viewed by the public.

Weekend activities include visits to the Spam museum; a Friday afternoon guided tour of the Hormel Historic Home, with dinner following in the conference center there.

Saturday, the club members will tour the Shooting Star Highway to Lanesboro, take a ride on Molly the Trolley and visit the museum in Fountain.

The Packard vehicles will be displayed near the center of Lanesboro on Saturday. The group will meet for dinner Saturday at the Old Mill in Austin.


The Minnesota Packards club, established in 1970, is to help individuals restore and preserve Packard vehicles.

There are more than 150 restored, original and preserved Packard cars, ambulances and taxis built from the early 1920s to 1956.

One of the club's missions is to acquaint young people with vehicles from a manufacturer that no longer exists, help them understand automobile history and encourage them to participate in the "old car" hobby.

The national organization has more than 4,000 member with regional clubs throughout the United States and the world.

Packard owners within the surrounding region are encouraged to join the Austin outing this weekend to visit and show off their vehicle.

For more information, contact Paul Smith, Minnesota Packard Club director, at (952) 443-9965.

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