Text by Cindy Schomaker
Pictures by Cindy Schomaker and Bob Ewart
The day started out hot and steamy but nine members and three additional cars joined Rich and Cindy Schomaker at their home which is also home to his 1966 Studebaker Commander hot rod and a 1964 Avanti. Two of the members called from I-95 where they were stranded, waiting for a tow truck. Everyone could relate. A short drizzle did not put a “damper” on the gathering.
Sebby Amenta &Joyce Fredericks
Salvatore & Andi Amenta
Studebaker Commander 1954
Butch & Gina Figurella
1962 Studebaker Champion pickup
1954 Studebaker Champion
An eight- foot table was added to the dining room table and everyone stayed cool inside. A few ventured out to the garage visit the Commander and discuss some of its “issues”. Another group gathered outside to discuss some of the “issues” that were vexing some of the Studebaker owners. Rich conducted a tour of his toy truck collection.
After filling plates with hot dogs, hamburgers, etc. everyone settled in for the remainder of the afternoon. Taking a break after led some to sit on the dock by the canal and watch a few boats go by.
Conversations were varied, animated and filled with stories about interesting careers, extensive travel and Studebaker experiences. All listened or spoke with thoughtfulness and consideration and sincere interest in what was being shared. After isolation from covid, it was wonderful to see folks enjoying good food and conversation. The art of dialogue was alive and well, shared by a wide range of ages.
At one point, a discussion among all present was initiated regarding membership and future goals. Suggestions included short road trips and extending gatherings to owners of other vintage cars. A suggestion for game afternoon or evening events led to several “walks down memory lane” regarding Monopoly, Scrabble, Uno and Rumikube to mention a few. It was apparent that most would enjoy a few hours of friendly games and conversation. Ownership of Studebakers or other vintage cars would be the catalyst for gathering. Fun would be the goal for all events and would hopefully encourage others to join in.
Phone numbers were exchanged among a few to continue conversations. The last members left in the early evening.