Studebaker Drivers Club Ohio Chapter Meet, Tallmadge, Ohio, August 25, 2012
I spent several hours wandering around the Studebaker Drivers Club meet in Tallmadge, just east of Akron, on Saturday, August 25 and came away with a pocket full of dead NiCad batteries and an SD card full of photos. Here's some of what I saw:
There were more Loewy coupes this time around. These two red ones were particularly nice:
The owner of a maroon Commander Starlight which arrived after the last of my batteries had died brought her preschool-aged son along in his car seat. I have to commend her for her wise parenting, making sure her child encounters great works of art at an early age.
The Avanti community was also well-represented.
This is a rare one, a Studebaker-built Avanti in "Avanti Grey." The color was only in the catalog for a short time, when production issues forced the temporary discontinuance of Avanti Black.
There was a delegation of Hawks in attendance as well.
The Hawks are a little over-ornamented for my tastes, but with the right two-tone combination they can look really sharp. This '56 was breathtaking.
This Power Hawk is a particularly rare bird (pun intended). The prime mover is the optional 352 cubic inch Packard V-8, which was only available in 1956.
The straight-line acceleration must be almost terrifying.
There was the usual exaltation of Larks.
Speaking of red convertibles, this 1964 Daytona kept calling to me.
According to the factory production order, it was assembled on January 25, 1964, in Hamilton, Ontario. This was shortly after the Studebaker plant in South Bend closed. There's a Stude smallblock V-8 in the engine bay--Hamilton used the leftover inventory of drivetrain components from South Bend until the supply ran out, then switched to Chevy engines for the last year and a half before Studebaker's automotive business shut down completely in late 1965. This makes this particular Daytona one of the last "true" Studebakers.
The Daytona looked like it had rolled off the end of the assembly line and right through a time portal.
So did this 1924 six-cylinder touring car. It was utterly gorgeous.
...including this little fella, which was popular with the kids.
Down in the Packard section, they were laying on the swank.
It's no Packard, but it's swank enough to stand with them: a Forward Look Chrysler 300. For those of a more blue-collar persuasion, the truck department had a large selection, everything from the cuddly Champ...
...to the big fellas.
Here's something you don't see very often: a Stude truck with a camper body.
A few more odds and ends: an unrestored 1955 President Speedster in "lemon-lime" two-tone,...
...and a '55 Conestoga wagon...
...and this barn-find '37 Dictator.
We'll have some more photos from Tallmadge tomorrow, but for now, we'll close with this year's winner of the Car Lust Trophy: an utterly immaculate AMC Ambassador.