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The 2014 Concours d’Elegance Palais Het Loo took place last weekend in the gardens of Royal palace in Apeldoorn the Netherlands. The biannual event has been running since 1999 and is a fixture on the European Concours circuit. Eighty cars were displayed this year in thirteen classes. You can learn more about the Palais Het Loo here.
The Best of Show award was won by Hans Hulsbergen for his 1929 Hispano Suiza Cabriolet de Ville seen in the middle photo just below. Pavel Novitski was there, and he has shared his photos of many of the pre-war cars that were in attendance with us. You can visit him at Novitski Classics. You can also learn more about the Concours d’Elegance Palais Het Loo here.
Nels Thompson on the left and his 1930 Packard 740 preaching car is seen posed above with a salesman in front of one of the three Guasti-Giulii Inc. tire shops located in Southern California, after getting a new set of Royal Master Tires. The tire distributors main office was at Eighth Street and Central Avenue in Los Angeles with two more shops at: Pico Avenue and Flower Street, and Sunset Boulevard near Vine Street.
Secondo Guasti Jr. ran the tire shops and was also the general manager of the five-thousand acre Guasti Winery that his father Secondo Guasti, who immigrated to Los Angeles from Italy started in South Cucamonga, California in 1901 (an interesting story). You can learn more about the company village he built there for his family and workers that is now a ghost town at Spirits of Guasti.
The Preachers Model 740 Packard is on a Seventh Series, Custom Eight chassis that has been lengthened and wears custom coachwork that appears to have been built by a hearse or ambulance maker. The 740 featured a 384 c.i. straight eight engine and a new four-speed transmission that was introduced that year. The Royal Master Tires were produced by the U. S. Rubber Company. The photos are courtesy of the USC Libraries.
In Part I of the two 1929 films, above, How Packard Proves a Packard, you can witness the details of the impressive facilities at the Proving Grounds. The company refers to the testing as being for the Seventh Series (1930) models, but the cars in use actually appear to be from the Sixth Series (1929). You can also see the Packard Towing Dynamometer being used for testing purposes.
In Part II, below, in addition to seeing more test routines at the complex, you will view a 1930 Seventh Series 745 Sedan which completed a ten thousand mile test run in less than ten days at an average of sixty eight MPH. And finally, see a tour of the Test Garages and Laboratory and watch an engine under test in the Dynamometer Room. You can look forward to seeing more interesting period Packard films here soon. Videos courtesy of King Rose Archives.