It was just a day of leisure for the Rev. Derrick B. Wearing and his godchildren, Jaleyah Talbott, 12, and Isaiah, 8, of Warren, as they walked among Packard vehicles from days long past.
"What good is the ride of life if you can't enjoy the ride?" he asked in between taking some photos with the children in front of a 1912 Packard 18 Landaulet Quinby.
Thursday marked the third day of the nearly weeklong 25th Annual National Packard Museum Car Show. It brought visitors from far and wide who wanted to show their prized historical Packards or just to browse others' treasures.
Tribune Chronicle photos / Bonnie L. Hazen
Collin Dingman, 5, of Apollo, Pa., admires a 1903 Packard Model F Tonoun on Thursday during the 25th Annual National Packard Museum Car Show in Warren.
Amanda Dingman and her son, Collin, 5, traveled from Apollo, Pa.
"My father has a Packard, so we drove out for the meet," she said.
The 120-mile drive also brought Collin up-close-and-personal with one of his favorite things: cars.
"He is very passionate about his vehicles. He loves Packards and Lamborghinis," she said.
Collin, who often refers to his grandfather's Packard as "his fancy car," grinned and said, "I like the speed."
Meanwhile, Larry Jenkins of Warren was peering into the back seat of a red 1903 Packard Model F Tonoun. He said he had just happened to drive past the museum and see the car show and decided to stop.
Although he loves old cars, Jenkins said he couldn't bring himself to pick just one.
"I like them all," he said. "It just shows the difference, the personality. It shows how far the technology has come with the cars you have today. It just takes you back in time," he said.
John Mayson of Chicago stood and watched while the owner of the 1912 Packard 18 Landaulet Quinby revved the engine.
"This is just a miracle, that a person can turn a crank around and turn this car into a living, breathing piece of machinery," he said, watching the car come to life.
Mayson said he normally brings his 1941 Packard Convertible Coupe down to the show each year, but this time he just came to look.
"These are cars that don't go that far from home. There's not that many of those cars left in the world," he said of a 1904 model.
Mayson said Packards stand out to him for two reasons: one, because there were more Packards sold than other luxury cars during their time; and two, because Packards were the only independent luxury car to survive the Great Depression.
"To come out of a relatively little town like Warren, Ohio, is just amazing," he said.
The auto show continues through Sunday, with a swap meet concluding on Saturday at the museum, 1899 Mahoning Ave. N.W.
For more information, visit www.packardmuseum.org.