Passing of Don Sommer

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RogerDetroit
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Passing of Don Sommer

Post by RogerDetroit » Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:41 pm

It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Don Sommer. He passed away earlier this afternoon, Monday, July 15.

Don stood tall in the both the Packard community and old car hobby in general. He had numerous accomplishments in his life. He was the President and founder (1972) of American Arrow Corporation. American Arrow manufactures replacement mascots, parts and accessories for classic era vintage cars.

He, along with Dick Teague and other auto enthusiasts, co-founded Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance to support preservation of Meadow Brook Hall. During his tenure (1979 – 2006) the group raised $6.0 million for charity.

Don was a founding member of Motor City Packards, now the largest region of Packard Automobile Classics. For the past number of years Don was a trustee of the board of the Packard Motor Car Foundation helping to preserve the Packard Proving Grounds in (Utica) Shelby Township, MI.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and the family will announce a memorial service at a later date.

Don will be greatly missed.

Here is a recent photo of Don with his 1930 740 Phaeton at the Timing Stand of the PPG.
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1941 Packard 160 Convertible Sedan
1941 Packard 120 Business Coupe
1968 AMX - Dick Teague designed

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Re: Passing of Don Sommer

Post by Dave Czirr » Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:06 am

Though I spoke with Don many times over the years and both bought from him and loaned parts to him for reproduction, we only ever actually met a handful of times, the most memorable was the Saratoga Springs NY Henry Joy Tour. His passing is a huge loss both for our hobby in general and the Packard world in particular. Thanks Don for you many contributions to our enjoyment of our hobby.

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Re: Passing of Don Sommer

Post by RogerDetroit » Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:47 pm

A Day of Remembrance for Don will be held on Sunday, August 11 from noon to 4:00 PM at the Packard Proving Grounds.

The family invites all his friends to attend this open-house event to celebrate his life, share stories and have dish of ice cream. If you have a Packard or other collector car, then so much the better if you could drive it out to the proving grounds that day.

Below is a photo the family sent to us of Don’s 1948 convertible in front of a business down the street from American Arrow business in Clawson, MI.

Read more of Don’s life and his contribution to the old car hobby by clicking onto this link from today’s paper. https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/ ... 762424001/

Again, he was quite a guy and he will be missed.
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Don 1948 Custom Convert.jpg
1941 Packard 160 Convertible Sedan
1941 Packard 120 Business Coupe
1968 AMX - Dick Teague designed

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