View Full Version : 73rd John M Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races

Pat Dilling
05-24-2017, 10:53 AM
Once again the Kiwanis International in Placerville, CA is inviting Studebaker owners to display their vehicles at the El Dorado County Fair on Sunday June 18th, the day of the annual Wheelbarrow Races. As Studebaker lovers know, John M saved the stake that was eventually used to expand the Studebaker Brothers wagon making business while building wheelbarrows in Placerville during the California Gold Rush. Placerville, Old Hangtown, celebrates him as a favorite son and fair attendees love to see our cars. We get free entry to the fair and the county museum where Studebaker items and much more are on display.

I am the coordinator for Studebakers coming into the fair on Sunday, if you would like to join us please send me a PM or post here. We always have a great time and often learn of Studebakers lurking in hidden places around the area.

Here are fair attendees admiring some of our cars last year


05-24-2017, 11:20 AM
Thank you again Pat for coordinating this event. If any of you out there think this sounds good it is, you should come.

Pat Dilling
05-24-2017, 04:37 PM
Adding Studebaker Gene to our group. Folks will love your Coupe Express. We have not had many pre-war cars up until now. :)

05-24-2017, 05:40 PM
In 1969 and 1970 Bob Peterson and I pulled our travel trailers (with Studebakers) with our families up to Placerville to participate in the Sequoia Chapter's weekend at the Fair. My wife still says that was the most fun she ever had at a Studebaker activity (and I agree).
I remember that a Sequoia Chapter member participated in the wheelbarrow race one of the two years. We thought he was going to have a heart attack trying to maneuver that wheelbarrow through and over the obstacles. When the race was over it was learned that he had something like three times more weight in the wheelbarrow than he was required to have.

05-25-2017, 11:47 AM
I will be there with the 90 4 door but La Palma first this week end and I remember the years Paul talked about and it was not me in the races one of our older guys I don't remember who, but I do remember our 3 youngest members still in their teens thinking they were going to play the games and win all the prizes but all they got was taken to the cleaner by the carnie people, hope to see lots there.

Pat Dilling
05-25-2017, 07:10 PM
That's great Bob, really looking forward to seeing you. We are meeting at the In & Out Burger at the Forni Road exit at about 10:15 to be ready to go into the fair together at 1030. The Fair people will escort us in to the area they want us to park. I know you are a dog guy, they do not allow pets except for service dogs. My phone # is five three zero 218 zero 641 if you need additional info.

You and Gene will bring us up to 8 confirmed plus a "maybe"

Pat Dilling
05-25-2017, 07:15 PM
Two years ago, the 23 year old son of one of our members entered and did pretty well, finishing 7th out of 23 I think. He could not believe he was already gassed in the first minute. The most prolific winner (9 times) won that race at the age of 58. He finished 2nd last year, but was DQ'd because he had lost some of his "ore" and did not make weight at the end. The races are exciting to watch for sure.