Because a number of us went to the Studebaker International Meet, we couldn’t participate in the International Drive Your Studebaker Day. So we had a Delayed Drive Your Studebaker Day on October 10th. We met at Smokey Bones on Route 441 west of Boca Raton.
Fifteen people attended with five Studebakers.
The cars from left to right are: Andrew Wiley’s 53 Commander Rich Shomaker’s 66 Commander Hot Rod Tony Robles’s 39 Commander Angelo “Butch” Figurella’s 62 Champ Pickup Ed deSilva’s 90 4-door Avanti
After lunch we had a drawing for a $50 gas card. Only the 5 above were eligible. Ed deSilva won the draw.
One more sign that I spotted in Ellie’s 50’s Diner & Flamingo Ballroom in Delray Beach.
This year the auction was a bit of a disappointment. In years past they contracted with the various driver clubs to get volunteers to move the cars around during the auction. The payments to the driver clubs was a welcome addition to their treasurys.
This year they wanted the social security numbers of all volunteers so that they could issue W-2 forms to us. Eventually they sent a check to the club. It was about a third of what it had been in the past.
They did have a couple of nice Studebakers at the auction.
The Studebaker Drivers’ Club is having a national membership drive. Current members will have their membership extended by one month for every new SDC member they get. The membership drive runs through 12/31/19.
The SDC has always been appreciative of its members who put forth the effort to bring new folks into the national club. Starting right now, SDC wants to reward you for that continuing effort. This membership recruiting promotion is simple. For each new member you get signed up your own SDC membership will be extended one month! As the accompanying ad indicates, when you get a new member (or a former member who has not been in the club for at least 3 years) to join with a full membership (with Turning Wheels) just have them give Cornerstone Registration YOUR NAME AND/OR MEMBERSHIP NUMBER to get another month added to your SDC membership. Thanks in advance. Go get-em!
International Drive Your Studebaker Day falls on the second Saturday of September. Fortunately, Packy’s Sports Grill has a Cruise Night on the second Saturday of every month which was ideal for a Sunshine Chapter outing.
We met in the Lowe’s parking lot on W Palmetto Park Road and State Road 7 (US 441). Then went in caravan to Packy’s west of SR7. The cars in the caravan were:
Butch Figurella’s ’61 Champ
Rich Schomaker’s ’66 Commander
Ed Ellis’s ’53 Commander
Rich Schomaker’s ’64 Avanti
Bob Ewart’s ’50 2R5 pickup
Later we were joined by Sebby Amanta in a ’54 Commander and Jake Kaywell’s ’62 GT Hawk. Butch claimed that we had 8 Studebakers there, but only listed 7.
We had a lot of fun looking at all the other cars/trucks. There were about 20 people from our chapter there. It was a little hard to count since they kept moving around.
On August 4th we met for lunch at the Moonlite Diner in Fort Lauderdale.
Comments from Butch (the Prez):
We had a nice turn out at our last meeting at the Moonlite dinner in Ft Lauderdale and we all got to see Al Polacheck’s beautiful car collection. I think we had 21 people. Thanks again to Al.
In addition to the Friday crew, Vince, Bethany, Hank, Ed E. and Steve also participated. Hank, who used to run this web site, came down from Jacksonville.
Some of the interesting cars that crossed the block included a ’57 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing which hammered down at $1,085,000 (plus 10% auction fee) with the proceeds going to benefit the Jackson, Michigan YMCA. There was another Mercedes roadster which went for $!.4 million.
One of the other cars that surprised me was a ’63 Volkswagon Deluxe “23 Window” Microbus with a high bid of $170,000. It did not sell.