A day with my dad in Sidney Ohio at the Applefest and Carshow

Posted By on September 8, 2013


My dad and I enjoyed the day together doing something we both enjoy – looking at cars and being together. As usual, he took his 1958 Packard Hawk to the Shelby County Applefest in downtown Sidney Ohio on Saturday and wondered if I was going to enter my Mercedes Benz 300D Turbodiesel this year. I laughed at the idea since its my daily driver and not a show car … but after realizing that there wasn’t a single Mercedes in the town or in the fairly large showing … I might consider it next year?

Panorama of downtown Sidney Ohio during the Applefest and Carshow (more photos below)

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Dad (Bud Corbett) by his 1958 Packard Hawk and at the registration table above.


A little info on the rare 1958 Packard Hawk …


Type: Cast iron 90° V8, Silver Light dish-type pistons

Displacement: 289 cubic inches

Bore X stroke: 3.56 X 3.63 inches

Compression ratio: 7.5:1

Power @ rpm: 275 hp (205 kW) @ 4,800 rpm

Torque @ rpm: 333 lb·ft (451 N·m) @ 3,200 rpm

Valvetrain: In-head valves, solid lifters

Main bearings: 5

Ignition: Delco-Remy breaker-point

Fuel system: 2-bbl Stromberg 380475 downdraft carburetor, McCulloch supercharger, 5 p.s.i. max

Lubrication system: Full-pressure, gear-driven

Electrical system: 12-volt, 30 amperes

Exhaust system: Cast iron, dual exhaust



Type: Borg-Warner Flightomatic automatic

Ratios: 1st: 2.40:1

2nd: 1.47:1

3rd: 1.0:1

Reverse: 2.0:1



Type: Semi-floating hypoid, Twin-Traction Spicer-Thornton limited slip

Ratio: 3.31:1



Type: Power assist, Saginaw recirculating ball

Ratio: 19.2:1

Turns, lock-to-lock: 4.5

Turning circle: 41 feet



Type: Four wheel, power-assist Wagner hydraulic

Front: Cast-iron finned drum, 11 X 2.5 inches

Rear: Cast-iron drum, 10 X 2 inches

Swept area: 172.8 square inches


Chassis & Body

Construction: All-steel, box section, double-drop side rails, 5 crossmembers

Body style: Two-door, five passenger hardtop, soft top prototype

Layout: Front engine, rear-wheel drive



Front: Individual unequal-length upper and lower control arms, coil springs, hydraulic shocks, anti-sway bar

Rear: Live axle, semi-elliptic leaf springs, hydraulic shocks


Wheels & Tires

Wheels: Kelsey-Hays tubeless 5-lug stamped steel

Front/rear: 5.5 X 14 inches

Tires: Classic bias-ply

Front/rear: 8.00 X 14 inches


Weights & Measures

Wheelbase: 120.5 inches

Overall length: 205.2 inches

Overall width: 71.3 inches

Overall height: 54.6 inches

Front track: 56.7 inches

Rear track: 55.7 inches

Shipping weight: 3,470 pounds



Crankcase: 5 quarts

Cooling system: 17 quarts[vague]

Fuel tank: 18 gallons[vague]

Transmission: 19 pints[vague]

Calculated Data

Bhp per c.i.d.: 0.95

Weight per bhp: 12.62 pounds



0-60 mph: 12.0 seconds

¼ mile ET: 16.7 seconds @ 82.3 mph

Top speed: 125 mph

Fuel mileage: 12 mpg city, 20 mpg highway


1958 Packard Hawk: 588 (est 250 restored or under restoration)



  • JM

    Is that the full size of the panorama and do you have a bigger one that we can use as an Applefest promotion in 2014? (email me if you can)

    • JM,
      Here’s the full sized panorama … if you can’t download from Disqus or if the file size is reduce (original is 1.3MB) let me know by email (use the “send an email” link above) and I’ll send it to you.

    • Let’s try this again. I’m attaching the full sized (1.2MB) panorama to Disqus and hope you can download from here. If not, use the “send an email” link in my title bar and I will send it to you.

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