Meet the Old Timer, a 1931 Packard racer


Every now and then, a car surfaces that is just so unique that people stop and stare. Old Timer is one of those cars.

The current owners bought the car in Maine and brought it back to Ontario to join their Packard hearse as a fun driver for around town. They had wanted a boat tailed Packard runabout, so when this recreation appeared, they snapped it up.

Once the car made it back to Ontario, it was discovered that while it looked cool, the ’31 Packard-based speedster was far from being ready to buzz the town.

Over the past couple of years, the folks at Hitman Hotrods have reworked much of the car to make it safe and make it as reliable as possible while retaining the traditional appeal. The wiring and fuel systems have been updated and the cable operated brakes now work. As much as cable operated brakes can work that is.

Having had a Flathead Ford when they bought it, the owners really wanted a Packard engine. Last Winter, a suitable straight 8 engine was found and restored, while Hitman Hotrods built a custom dual carb intake and the lake style headers that are on the car now.

Even at a show full of mega dollar customs like Performance World, the Old Timer drew attention from young and old. Even in the shop, visitors stroll past more exotic machinery to check out the lovable speedster.

The owners are well known in their home town for bopping around in the Packard while wearing full old school racing outfits right down to the goggles and flyers cap.


About Gary Grant

Gary Grant Gary knows cars. He attributes his love of all things automotive to his early life in the 1960s and 1970s. Gary’s father was a road racer in Ontario, Canada and thus, Gary went along for the ride. No, we don’t mean he was literally along for the ride during his father’s races. He just went to them all. We think the smell of hot Castrol R burned into his brain and left quite the impression. Gary spent the majority of his childhood turning wrenches on race karts and traveling to kart tracks all across Canada. He’s also followed in his father’s tire tracks, having built his own autocross cars, and competed professionally. In the 1980s and 1990s, Gary and his wife served as crew for a few teams in the Firehawk series, not to mention competing as a pair in their Swift GTi rally car. While he may not be competing professionally today, Gary is still on the ride. When he isn’t coaching his kids in kart races, he is traveling near and far to cover the world’s leading auto shows, special events and auctions for us here at CarInsurance.org.


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