IDYSD Rain Date

International Drive Your Studebaker Day fell on September 9th in 2017 when Hurricane Irma was rapidly approaching Florida.  We had planned to meet at the Denny’s Classic Diner in Lake Worth. The event was rescheduled for September 30th which turned out to be a beautiful day.

We had a good turn out with sixteen people and five Studebakers. (click pictures to see full size.)

The Studebakers with their drivers

The cars from left to right were: Sebby Amenta’s ‘54 Commander hardtop, Bob Ewart’s ‘50 2R5 ½ ton pickup, Butch Figurella’s ‘53 Commander Coupe, Richard Schomaker’s ‘64 Avanti and Bud Alvarez’s ‘51 Commander 4 door. Continue reading

June Breakfast Meeting

On Saturday, June 3rd 14 of us met for breakfast at the Cracker Barrel in Deerfield.  We had a great time talking about our vehicles and looking at pictures from the Studebaker Drivers Club International Meet in South Bend.

Only two Studebaker pickups showed.  Somehow a ’57 T-Bird also showed up.  He claimed his Studebaker needed work.

After the breakfast, we had a meeting on the front porch while we waited for the downpour to lighten up.  We talked about having meetings every other month and having a big get-together in the fall to invite all the people who had been members back to see what we’re doing.  

2017 Auctions America

The 2017 Auctions America collector car auction is underway.  We’ve done two days so far and gotten to drive all sorts of interesting cars. This will make our treasurer happy, since Auctions America pays the club for the hours we volunteer.

Some of Saturday’s gang with a 55 Studebaker Speedster

The rest of the gang had wandered off when we took the picture.  They haven’t listed the final results yet, but this gorgeous speedster and the 1940 Studebaker Champion Club Sedan street rod below are not listed in the ‘Still for Sale’ list.

Studebaker street rod

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Studebaker’s Past

General Motors recently celebrated its 100th anniversary.  Did you know that Studebaker was in business for 115 years?  1852 to 1967

They originally produced wagons for farmers, miners and the military.  They were in the right place to supply wagons for the California Gold Rush.

In 1857 they produced their first fancy carriage.  The carriage production finally stopped in 1919.  This is a 1912 Studebaker Doctor’s Buggy.

2016 State Meet

Hi All,  We made to and from Tallahassee in the old truck without and  any car problems. 8 hours each way in not the most comfortable riding car. We listened to an audio book and I listened to Gina say how much see enjoyed riding in this classic truck and she can’t wait for our next trip.
Doug Gleim and Jim Ricciardi  were the other people from our chapter.
The meet was good, the weather was just beautiful. The hotel / golf course complex was isolated so we all stayed put.
My Truck got a first place award.
First Place

First Place

I brought up the idea at our chapter meeting that since every chapter is getting older it is hard for a chapter to do a state meet.  I thought that we have it in a central location every year at the same place and scale it down .
This coming year 2017 we think it will be Orlando and every year after that Gainesville. The Cade Studebaker Museum should be open in 2018
We started a state meet committee via email to kick this idea around. Let me know you thoughts.
I got my 53 front suspension completely removed and starting installing the rack and pinion and coil over suspension . I hope I did not bite off more that I can chew.  This is a real bear and I’m not getting any younger.
Don’t forget the Christmas party on Dec 4