America’s Packard Museum, located in Downtown Dayton has put together a jam packed agenda of events for The 2023 Packard Spring Fling, featuring Packard and Racing. Events will take place April 28-29 (Friday and Saturday) 2023.
A new exhibition, Pole Position Packards, includes many Packard and modern race cars. Friday’s Welcome Reception begins with an unveiling and book signing event. Saturday’s race car collection tour and pro-tips sessions are sponsored by Max Merritt Auto Parts, with a display for purchase or pick up (if you preorder). Saturday’s Gala Banquet spotlights our distinguished speaker, Price Cobb, winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Jaguar in 1990. The Kim Kelly Orchestra guest stars renowned vocalist Dominic Inferrera, as we dance to Sounds of Sinatra.
Here’s the schedule of events:
Friday, April 28 6:30pm
Packard Spring Fling Welcome Reception Sponsored by White Allen European Auto Group Pole Position Packards – New Exhibit Opening Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres, Live music, Book Signing Event Remarks by Robert Signom III, Curator APM and by Josh Russell, Director, Gilmore Car Museum
Casual attire for Friday. Cocktail attire for Saturday night.
Saturday, April 29 9:30am
“Up Close and Personal at America’s Packard Museum” An all-ages educational experience where families and friends can sit in Packards and learn more about styling and design with Rob Signom, Curator
11:30am “Back from the Barn” a discussion and demonstration with Pat Aldrich, esteemed Packard restorer on techniques, pitfalls and common misconceptions about preparing your collector car for winter storage and spring driving.
12:30pm Box Lunches at America’s Packard Museum 1:00pm Bus Departs for Automotive Collection Tour
2:00pm The Robert McConnell Race Car Collection – a tour of Ohio’s most significant private collection of racing cars. Bob McConnell is considered the leading collector and restorer of Indy Roadsters and has shown at Concours around the world. Sponsored by Max Merritt Packard Parts Co.
3:15pm Bus Departs for America’s Packard Museum
4:15pm Bus Arrives at America’s Packard Museum
6:00pm 2023 Packard Spring Fling Cocktail Hour “Sounds of Sinatra” Dancing to the Big Band sound of the Kim Kelly Orchestra, Dominic Inferrera, award winning vocalist Silent Auction Begins
6:15pm VIP Reception in the Turnquist Packard Library
7:00pm 30th Anniversary Gala Packard Spring Fling Banquet Guest Speaker, Price Cobb, renowned Racecar Driver and winner of 24 Hours of LeMans, “Life’s Speedbumps: A Racer’s Perspective” Fine Dining provided by Elite Catering
8:30pm “Sounds of Sinatra” continues with The Kim Kelly Orchestra. Dancing.
9:30pm Silent Auction Concludes, Winners Announced
10:00pm Farewell Toast