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Margaret Dunning 104 Year Old Car Enthusiast Passes Away

Margaret Dunning, an old car enthusiast from Plymouth, MI, died on Sunday, May 17, 2015 while participating in a week long automobile orientated charity tour in California. The photo above courtesy of Richard Michael Owen shows Margaret in 2012 at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance driving her cherished 1930 Packard 740 Custom Eight Roadster onto the ramp while receiving an award.

She led a very interesting life and lived on a farm in Redford Township, MI. Henry Ford worked there as a young man running a steam engine on a farm. For years afterward he would come back regularly and visit the Dunning’s and others in the community.

Learn more about Margaret (below) in two videos about her life and the Packard. The first is courtesy of The New York Times an includes footage of her out driving the Packard. The second is an interview by Bob Dyer that covers her life at the 2012 Glenmoor Gathering. This video is courtesy of Walter Herip and Herip Associates. You can also read a 2011 interview of her by Mary M. Chapman of The New York Times here.

7 responses to “Margaret Dunning 104 Year Old Car Enthusiast Passes Away

    • I met her at Pebble Beach in 2012 and spent quite a bit of time talking with her. I was amazed how she was such a wonderful woman and her enjoyment of life at 100 plus year old. She should serve as an inspiration to all of us.

  1. To echo the Detroit Free Press, rest in peace Margret, and may you be driving your Parkard on the heavenly highway across the cosmos. What an amazing woman.

  2. I was at the final Glenmoor Gathering in Canton in 2012 and didn’t even know she was there. I’m sure I have some pix of her Packard from that event. I’ll have to look.

    I’m sorry I missed her there and very sorry she’s now gone. My condolences to her family.

  3. Ms Dunnings was a regular at a lot of local cruises. The last 3 years she was driven by her mechanic and friend of her family. I last saw Ms Dunnings at Hines park in 2012 and she did a couple of laps through the park checking out the classics which are only allowed at this event. Ms Dunning was well known and revered in these parts. Godspeed Ms Dunnings.

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