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BobPalma
08-16-2018, 09:51 AM
:) This past Saturday (August 11, 2018) was the inaugural Concours d'Elegance @ Copshaholm in South Bend at the Oliver Mansion (Copshaholm) adjacent to The Studebaker National Museum / Northern Indiana Center for History museum complex.

It was a gorgeous day in which I was privileged to be asked to Judge two of the classes (with two other judges; team of three): Studebaker Hawks and Postwar American Convertibles. Most of the cars in the Concours were not Studebakers but Studebaker was well-represented, being the home team. The judges were asked to wear khaki trousers and were furnished fancy embroidered white polo shirts and monogrammed, wide-brim straw hats; first-class all the way. You'd think it was Pebble Beach or something!

The whole event was well-planned and seamlessly executed; you'd think they'd been doing this for several years, but this was only the first of what I hope will be an annual event. Participation was by invitation only; vehicles were pre-qualified, so to speak.

The South Bend Tribune put together a nice montage of photos here:

https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.southbendtribune.com%2Fmultimedia%2Fphotos%2Fphotos-concours-d-elegance%2Fcollection_ef2b906f-368e-524d-bc73-893ff8e48746.html%231&data=02%7C01%7C%7Cce686475821246347a6c08d603795fb7%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaa aaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636700217155646711&sdata=7ZTJ38ufuQAH7dQVyee%2BPK54yO2eZxKYwsS3d1CBoqI%3D&reserved=0

Here's another link to the various awards. It may seem strange that Tom Lawlis got Best Studebaker Hawk and Mark James got Best Studebaker, but there were two teams of judges involved. Yes, one car could have won both awards, but did not:

https://www.concoursatcopshaholm.org/awards/

I'm happy to say Tom Lawlis of Plainfield IN won First Place in the Studebaker Hawk class with his gorgeous Inca Cream 1957 Golden Hawk 400. He well deserved it, although Mark James' black and gold 1958 Golden Hawk was probably as nice. Both cars were incredible restorations. (It should be mentioned that Tom's 400 is not a trailer queen; he does not own a trailer. He drove the car from central Indiana to the show and back.)

My wife Cari is in front of the Romany Red and Snowcap White 1956 Golden Hawk in Photo #18 in the first link, holding a bright green purse, and I'm to her left. She is talking to a freind of ours and her husband, "non-car" friends from church who were looking for something to do that day, so they drove up from Indianapolis to South Bend to attend the show and were sincerely impressed with its quality and execution.

Congratulations to all involved. A superb event by all accounts. :cool: BP

jclary
08-16-2018, 10:18 AM
Thanks for sharing Bob. I hopeThe South Bend Tribune is doing OK. The way print media is going these days...if it were in our (once thriving) local newspaper, it could possibly be seen by TEN's of PEOPLE!:rolleyes:

At least, it looks like the car hobby is alive and well in South Bend!:!::)

raprice
08-16-2018, 11:07 AM
Bob, Thanks for all those beautiful pix and your report on the show. Looks like the Hawks were well represented there. It looks like it was a beautiful day too.
Rog

BobPalma
08-16-2018, 11:15 AM
Bob, Thanks for all those beautiful pix and your report on the show. Looks like the Hawks were well represented there. It looks like it was a beautiful day too. Rog

Thanks, Rog; 'twas a beautiful day indeed.

Studebaker Hawks were also represented by Pete Wendt's aqua 1962 Gran Turismo and Bill ???'s nice, Horizon Green 1964 Gran Turismo. They're a little harder to see in the photos because they were in the shade, but there were five Studebaker Hawks in the class. :cool: BP

8E45E
08-16-2018, 01:20 PM
Looks like the weather was just perfect for the event!! Congrats to all!

Craig

Bob Bryant
08-16-2018, 04:09 PM
The concours was a wonderful day for car enthusiasts. The array of cars was excellent and the SNM can be proud of taking on the challenge of producing such a fine event for the first time. This successful experience should be valuable in producing the show next year.

Commander Eddie
08-16-2018, 04:16 PM
Bob, I wish I could have been there. What a great event. Things like that make me miss Indiana. I rode in my first Studebaker at the age of 2 in Indianapolis.

BobPalma
08-16-2018, 05:13 PM
Bob, I wish I could have been there. What a great event. Things like that make me miss Indiana. I rode in my first Studebaker at the age of 2 in Indianapolis.

:( There are good roads and air travel corridors between Oregon and Indiana, Eddie. Come back anytime! :)

(And you've got me beat on your earliest Studebaker ride. I can't remember my Dad driving anything but Fords until he and his brother got their Packard franchise and dealership when I was 7 years old....well, come to think of it, I'm told he had a used Frazer he traded in toward his new 1949 Ford Six when it finally arrived at the dealership. But I was too young to remember any of that, being only 3 years old in 1949!) ;) :cool: BP

BigBillyHawk
08-19-2018, 10:14 AM
Hi Bob, that's me, Bill Janowiak with by 64 Hawk. Here's a better picture:74925

studegary
08-19-2018, 10:23 AM
Hi Bob, that's me, Bill Janowiak with by 64 Hawk. Here's a better picture:74925

That little red car in the foreground makes the Metropolitan look large/standard size (hard to do). Is the red car an NSU Prinz (that is what comes to mind)?

t walgamuth
08-19-2018, 10:24 AM
I got an email about it on Thursday or so. Wish I had known earlier.

8E45E
08-19-2018, 01:52 PM
Is the red car an NSU Prinz (that is what comes to mind)?

1959 Meadows Frisky Sport: https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2011/08/02/hemmings-find-of-the-day-1959-frisky-sport/

http://www.meadowsfrisky.co.uk/the-friskysport

Craig

studegary
08-19-2018, 06:36 PM
1959 Meadows Frisky Sport: https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2011/08/02/hemmings-find-of-the-day-1959-frisky-sport/

http://www.meadowsfrisky.co.uk/the-friskysport

Craig

Thanks, Craig