WARREN – After a year of making do with a car parade, the National Packard Museum’s annual auto show returns on Saturday.
“It’s so important that we have this up and running now” Museum executive director Mary Ann Porinchak said. “After a year off, people often think you’re not coming back. It shows that we are here, that we are strong and that we are moving forward. “
In recent years, the museum, dedicated to the history of the Packard family and the Warren automotive company they founded, has partnered with Mahoning Valley Corvettes for the event now known as The Corvettes and Classics Car Show.
Part of it happened out of necessity. As Packard collectors got older, fewer owners brought their classic cars to Warren, Porinchak said. But the agreement was beneficial to both groups.
“The Corvette Club has an annual, sanctioned event, so this is where they judge the Corvettes, which brings a lot more cars onto the site.” said Porinchak. “And we open it to other cars too. The club takes care of the awards and ratings, and we take care of the grounds, the food, and the entertainment. It’s a good partnership, a good collaboration and everyone wins with this arrangement. “
This year’s event is expected to attract around 80 Corvettes and a comparable number of other vehicles.
“The guys in the car are dying to get out and do things.” She said. “Even those who only do one or two a year have been on several trips this year to make up for the lost time.”
The auto show is free for spectators. Registration costs are $ 10 per vehicle, which includes two admissions to the museum. It costs $ 20 to register for Corvette owners who wish to be assessed for the National Council of Corvettes Clubs-approved event.
Grocery vendors will be on site and the Packard Dixieland Band will perform at noon.
The show is a fundraiser for the museum, but that’s not the only reason it’s important, Porinchak said.
“It brings people to the site, to the museum, who otherwise might not make this their goal.” She said. “As soon as you get here, you see what’s in the museum, the history of the cars, and you fall in love with the place.”
It has seen a resurgence of visitors this summer. Since June, travelers from 38 countries have visited the museum.
“Most days, visitors from other states are outnumbered” said Porinchak. “That is really amazing. We haven’t seen that in the last few years. “
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