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Studebaker Wheel
03-06-2008, 09:54 PM
http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee285/studeq/mileagetestertank1940-1.jpg?t=1204861700

Above: Note the calibrated gas tank held by George Keller. Identical to the one recently posted by JP and now the property of Bondo Billy.

Further on the Studebaker calibrated gas tank that JP listed under the title of “Rare Studebaker Item” on 3-05-08. These tanks were offered by the Studebaker Sales Promotion Department during February and March 1940 in preparation for a promotional campaign labeled “National Economy Week” (March 16-23, 1940). According to the follow-up report 1500 of the tanks were sold at $4.95 each to an equal number of dealers.

The dealers were to conduct a mileage test using the new 1940 Champions to see who could average the highest mpg. A top nation wide prize of a new 1940 Champion 4-door and $100 cash was the incentive. Prizes of $100 each would be paid out to winners in each of the 18 branches with $50 going to 2nd place. Of course the drivers were prospective customers of each of the 1500 dealers and they could conduct as many tests during that week as they had the time and resources. The actual winner was Ross Harper of St. George, Utah and he was sponsored by Clarence Dahl the local dealer. While Mr. Harper’s winning total was not divulged the average for all entrants was.

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to guess the actual mpg averaged by all of the contestants. For the person who gets the exact number (to the hundredth) a new 1940 Champion will be awarded. Example 26.71. Good luck


Richard Quinn
editor: Antique Studebaker Review

Retired
03-07-2008, 07:04 AM
28.09

Retired
03-07-2008, 07:04 AM
28.09

Bill Pressler
03-07-2008, 07:07 AM
29.19

Bill Pressler
Kent, OH
'63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1

Bill Pressler
03-07-2008, 07:07 AM
29.19

Bill Pressler
Kent, OH
'63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1

BobPalma
03-07-2008, 07:07 AM
:) 26.72 [^]BP

BobPalma
03-07-2008, 07:07 AM
:) 26.72 [^]BP

Michidan
03-07-2008, 07:40 AM
28.66

Dan
52 hardtop
www.studebakerhardtop.com

Michidan
03-07-2008, 07:40 AM
28.66

Dan
52 hardtop
www.studebakerhardtop.com

LarkVIII
03-07-2008, 07:43 AM
24.18

63VY4 Leakin' Lena Hagerstown MD

LarkVIII
03-07-2008, 07:43 AM
24.18

63VY4 Leakin' Lena Hagerstown MD

rockne10
03-07-2008, 07:52 AM
33.27

rockne10
03-07-2008, 07:52 AM
33.27

BobGlasscock
03-07-2008, 07:59 AM
I guess first in line wins, but my guess is also 29.19.

'50 Champion, 1 family owner

BobGlasscock
03-07-2008, 07:59 AM
I guess first in line wins, but my guess is also 29.19.

'50 Champion, 1 family owner

Avantidon
03-07-2008, 08:27 AM
25.47

See you in the future as I write about our past

Avantidon
03-07-2008, 08:27 AM
25.47

See you in the future as I write about our past

Anne F. Goodman
03-07-2008, 10:09 AM
27.26

Mabel 1949 Champion
1957 Silverhawk
1955 Champion 4Dr.Regal
Gus 1958 Transtar
1955 President State
Fresno,Ca
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Anne F. Goodman
03-07-2008, 10:09 AM
27.26

Mabel 1949 Champion
1957 Silverhawk
1955 Champion 4Dr.Regal
Gus 1958 Transtar
1955 President State
Fresno,Ca
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JDP
03-07-2008, 10:26 AM
Richard, every time you you dig up something like that for us, you're keeping the history alive. 50 years from now, when many of us are gone, some SDC member will find another one of those darn tanks and be told " I read somewhere that is was used for a mileage contest." :) Thanks so much for doing that, I'm sure Bondo and Ellen are filing that info away too.

JDP/Maryland
64 R2 GT (Sid)
spent to date $62,839.60
63 Daytona HT/4 speed
63 Lark 2 door
57 Wagon

JDP
03-07-2008, 10:26 AM
Richard, every time you you dig up something like that for us, you're keeping the history alive. 50 years from now, when many of us are gone, some SDC member will find another one of those darn tanks and be told " I read somewhere that is was used for a mileage contest." :) Thanks so much for doing that, I'm sure Bondo and Ellen are filing that info away too.

JDP/Maryland
64 R2 GT (Sid)
spent to date $62,839.60
63 Daytona HT/4 speed
63 Lark 2 door
57 Wagon

Scott
03-07-2008, 10:29 AM
29.16

Scott
03-07-2008, 10:29 AM
29.16

cortica37
03-07-2008, 10:34 AM
Well, a '39 sedan in the 1939 A.A.A. cross-country economy test averaged 27.25 mpg at an average speed of more than 40mph. Considering that was with professional drivers and mostly highway I'm going to go with 24.25mpg. I've already got a '40 Champion - so no thanks on the the free car. ;)

cortica37
03-07-2008, 10:34 AM
Well, a '39 sedan in the 1939 A.A.A. cross-country economy test averaged 27.25 mpg at an average speed of more than 40mph. Considering that was with professional drivers and mostly highway I'm going to go with 24.25mpg. I've already got a '40 Champion - so no thanks on the the free car. ;)

BobGlasscock
03-07-2008, 11:32 AM
If Cortica37 wins and doesn't want the car, I'll take it. :D That was my dad's first Studebaker and I'd give it to him.

'50 Champion, 1 family owner

BobGlasscock
03-07-2008, 11:32 AM
If Cortica37 wins and doesn't want the car, I'll take it. :D That was my dad's first Studebaker and I'd give it to him.

'50 Champion, 1 family owner

55s
03-07-2008, 12:01 PM
I'm game. 26.13 mpg.

Paul R

55s
03-07-2008, 12:01 PM
I'm game. 26.13 mpg.

Paul R

LarkVIII
03-07-2008, 12:11 PM
The reason for my estimate was most dealers were in town,stop and go driving and probably didn't drive more than 40-45 mph for any significant distance. I don't think I want a gas tank hanging from my window while I drive [:0]

63VY4 Leakin' Lena Hagerstown MD

LarkVIII
03-07-2008, 12:11 PM
The reason for my estimate was most dealers were in town,stop and go driving and probably didn't drive more than 40-45 mph for any significant distance. I don't think I want a gas tank hanging from my window while I drive [:0]

63VY4 Leakin' Lena Hagerstown MD

tutone63
03-07-2008, 12:26 PM
Oh, Why not. 28.98. Just pulled it out of my hat.

It is sad that you do not see these kind of contests today. Wouldn't it be nice if Gm or Ford decieded to try something like this? I am sure with todays technology they could get 100+ easy. And I bet people would beat down the door to buy one...if the oil companies would allow it...

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh54/tutone63/63larkside-1.jpg
She may have bugs and she may have dings, but that just proves I drive this thing!!

tutone63
03-07-2008, 12:26 PM
Oh, Why not. 28.98. Just pulled it out of my hat.

It is sad that you do not see these kind of contests today. Wouldn't it be nice if Gm or Ford decieded to try something like this? I am sure with todays technology they could get 100+ easy. And I bet people would beat down the door to buy one...if the oil companies would allow it...

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh54/tutone63/63larkside-1.jpg
She may have bugs and she may have dings, but that just proves I drive this thing!!

jnewkirk77
03-07-2008, 12:30 PM
28.93

Jacob Newkirk - Owensboro, KY

KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL! Drive a Studebaker!

jnewkirk77
03-07-2008, 12:30 PM
28.93

Jacob Newkirk - Owensboro, KY

KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL! Drive a Studebaker!

Mark57
03-07-2008, 12:48 PM
I'm in! 24.81 mpg. I'd just like a Window Sticker for the Transtar if I win! :) [^]

<h5>Mark
'57 Transtar
3E-6/7-122 </h5>
http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x153/MarkH57/MrGreenJeans1003b.jpg

Mark57
03-07-2008, 12:48 PM
I'm in! 24.81 mpg. I'd just like a Window Sticker for the Transtar if I win! :) [^]

<h5>Mark
'57 Transtar
3E-6/7-122 </h5>
http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x153/MarkH57/MrGreenJeans1003b.jpg

JDP
03-07-2008, 01:53 PM
100 mpg in the real world with even a compact car is impossible with a internal combustion car. It's a matter of physics and efficiency. If any car company could achieve any thing close to that, they'd market it instantly.

JDP/Maryland
64 R2 GT (Sid)
spent to date $62,839.60
63 Daytona HT/4 speed
63 Lark 2 door
57 Wagon

JDP
03-07-2008, 01:53 PM
100 mpg in the real world with even a compact car is impossible with a internal combustion car. It's a matter of physics and efficiency. If any car company could achieve any thing close to that, they'd market it instantly.

JDP/Maryland
64 R2 GT (Sid)
spent to date $62,839.60
63 Daytona HT/4 speed
63 Lark 2 door
57 Wagon

tutone63
03-07-2008, 02:22 PM
quote:Originally posted by JDP

100 mpg in the real world with even a compact car is impossible with a internal combustion car. It's a matter of physics and efficiency. If any car company could achieve any thing close to that, they'd market it instantly.

JDP/Maryland
64 R2 GT (Sid)
spent to date $62,839.60
63 Daytona HT/4 speed
63 Lark 2 door
57 Wagon


Not so. Read this:
http://www.fuel-efficient-vehicles.org/FEV-carb-Tom-Ogle-1977.php
http://fuelvapors.com/best/inventors/Ogle/pollution_free.htm
http://www.kvia.com/global/story.asp?s=4137051&ClientType:Printable

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh54/tutone63/63larkside-1.jpg
She may have bugs and she may have dings, but that just proves I drive this thing!!

tutone63
03-07-2008, 02:22 PM
quote:Originally posted by JDP

100 mpg in the real world with even a compact car is impossible with a internal combustion car. It's a matter of physics and efficiency. If any car company could achieve any thing close to that, they'd market it instantly.

JDP/Maryland
64 R2 GT (Sid)
spent to date $62,839.60
63 Daytona HT/4 speed
63 Lark 2 door
57 Wagon


Not so. Read this:
http://www.fuel-efficient-vehicles.org/FEV-carb-Tom-Ogle-1977.php
http://fuelvapors.com/best/inventors/Ogle/pollution_free.htm
http://www.kvia.com/global/story.asp?s=4137051&ClientType:Printable

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh54/tutone63/63larkside-1.jpg
She may have bugs and she may have dings, but that just proves I drive this thing!!

gibbsr1
03-07-2008, 02:22 PM
Impossible!! I doubt that.

Dan Giblin
Cincinnati, OH

gibbsr1
03-07-2008, 02:22 PM
Impossible!! I doubt that.

Dan Giblin
Cincinnati, OH

JDP
03-07-2008, 02:30 PM
i said impossible in the real world for a internal combustion engine, but it can be done. Here is one way: Buy a Hybrid, spend 3-12K to add more batteries and plug in capability, drive less then 30 miles and don't exceed 40 MPH and you'll make it. Info here:

http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/SavingandDebt/SaveonaCar/The100mpgCarIsComing.aspx

JDP/Maryland
64 R2 GT (Sid)
spent to date $62,839.60
63 Daytona HT/4 speed
63 Lark 2 door
57 Wagon

JDP
03-07-2008, 02:30 PM
i said impossible in the real world for a internal combustion engine, but it can be done. Here is one way: Buy a Hybrid, spend 3-12K to add more batteries and plug in capability, drive less then 30 miles and don't exceed 40 MPH and you'll make it. Info here:

http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/SavingandDebt/SaveonaCar/The100mpgCarIsComing.aspx

JDP/Maryland
64 R2 GT (Sid)
spent to date $62,839.60
63 Daytona HT/4 speed
63 Lark 2 door
57 Wagon

wise raymond
03-07-2008, 04:00 PM
my guess 35.89 mpg

rawise

wise raymond
03-07-2008, 04:00 PM
my guess 35.89 mpg

rawise

gordr
03-07-2008, 04:30 PM
32.13

Gord Richmond

Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

gordr
03-07-2008, 04:30 PM
32.13

Gord Richmond

Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

bob40
03-07-2008, 05:00 PM
33.17

bob40
03-07-2008, 05:00 PM
33.17

mbstude
03-07-2008, 05:46 PM
29.53

Matthew Burnette
'59 Scotsman
'63 Daytona
Hazlehurst, GA
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/avatar-8.jpg

mbstude
03-07-2008, 05:46 PM
29.53

Matthew Burnette
'59 Scotsman
'63 Daytona
Hazlehurst, GA
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/avatar-8.jpg

Guido
03-07-2008, 07:47 PM
I held off on this for fear that I would be conscripted to keep track of all the results. I will go with 27.46.

Decimal Dude

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Guido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful"

Studebaker horse drawn doctor’s buggy; Studebaker horse drawn “Izzer” buggy; 1946 M-16 fire truck; 1948 M-16 grain truck; 1949 2R17A fire truck; 1950 2R5 pickup; 1952 2R17A grain truck; 1952 Packard 200 4 door; 1955 E-38 grain truck; 1957 3E-40 flatbed; 1961 6E-28 grain truck; 1962 7E-13D 4x4 rack truck; 1962 7E-7 Champ pickup; 1962 GT Hawk 4 speed; 1963 8E-28 flatbed; 1964 Avanti R2 4 speed; 1964 Cruiser and various other "treasures" (including a 1959 IH B-120 4 wheel drive, a 1970 Dodge W-200 Power Wagon and numerous Oliver and Cockshutt tractors).

See pictures here: http://community.webshots.com/user/GuidoSalvage

Hiding and preserving Studebakers in Richmond, Goochland & Louisa, Va.

Guido
03-07-2008, 07:47 PM
I held off on this for fear that I would be conscripted to keep track of all the results. I will go with 27.46.

Decimal Dude

http://thumb14.webshots.net/t/62/562/2/21/69/2353221690097493054hwathP_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/60/460/3/91/1/2433391010097493054nAMBKh_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/24/565/2/49/65/2603249650097493054XvpTUI_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/64/564/6/89/77/2752689770097493054skXzAT_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/22/22/0/2/68/2589002680097493054ftBuBw_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/28/28/8/30/30/2075830300097493054aSSlFv_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/24/565/5/22/8/2609522080097493054ZNRJeA_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/69/169/4/66/56/2729466560097493054oBZsXT_th.jpg
Guido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful"

Studebaker horse drawn doctor’s buggy; Studebaker horse drawn “Izzer” buggy; 1946 M-16 fire truck; 1948 M-16 grain truck; 1949 2R17A fire truck; 1950 2R5 pickup; 1952 2R17A grain truck; 1952 Packard 200 4 door; 1955 E-38 grain truck; 1957 3E-40 flatbed; 1961 6E-28 grain truck; 1962 7E-13D 4x4 rack truck; 1962 7E-7 Champ pickup; 1962 GT Hawk 4 speed; 1963 8E-28 flatbed; 1964 Avanti R2 4 speed; 1964 Cruiser and various other "treasures" (including a 1959 IH B-120 4 wheel drive, a 1970 Dodge W-200 Power Wagon and numerous Oliver and Cockshutt tractors).

See pictures here: http://community.webshots.com/user/GuidoSalvage

Hiding and preserving Studebakers in Richmond, Goochland & Louisa, Va.

DEEPNHOCK
03-07-2008, 08:02 PM
[u]29.19 Champion
24.72 Commander
23.4 President
</u>
Jeff[8D]


quote:Originally posted by Studebaker Wheel
[br&lt;snip&gt;
Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to guess the actual mpg averaged by all of the contestants. For the person who gets the exact number (to the hundredth) a new 1940 Champion will be awarded. Example 26.71. Good luck
Richard Quinn
editor: Antique Studebaker Review


http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j54/deepnhock/Jeff%20Rice%20Studebaker%20Pictures/1937StudebakerCoupeExpressJeffRicee.jpg
http://www.racingstudebakers.com/avatar_01.jpg

Deep-N-Hock Acres
Brooklet, Georgia
DEEPNHOCK at Gmail.com
'37 Coupe Express
'37 Coupe Express Trailer (project)
'61 Hawk (project: Ist Gen Owner - project)
Mysterious Project Z
http://community.webshots.com/user/deepnhock

DEEPNHOCK
03-07-2008, 08:02 PM
[u]29.19 Champion
24.72 Commander
23.4 President
</u>
Jeff[8D]


quote:Originally posted by Studebaker Wheel
[br&lt;snip&gt;
Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to guess the actual mpg averaged by all of the contestants. For the person who gets the exact number (to the hundredth) a new 1940 Champion will be awarded. Example 26.71. Good luck
Richard Quinn
editor: Antique Studebaker Review


http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j54/deepnhock/Jeff%20Rice%20Studebaker%20Pictures/1937StudebakerCoupeExpressJeffRicee.jpg
http://www.racingstudebakers.com/avatar_01.jpg

Deep-N-Hock Acres
Brooklet, Georgia
DEEPNHOCK at Gmail.com
'37 Coupe Express
'37 Coupe Express Trailer (project)
'61 Hawk (project: Ist Gen Owner - project)
Mysterious Project Z
http://community.webshots.com/user/deepnhock

Lark Parker
03-07-2008, 08:10 PM
quote:Originally posted by JDP

i said impossible in the real world for a internal combustion engine, but it can be done. Here is one way: Buy a Hybrid, spend 3-12K to add more batteries and plug in capability, drive less then 30 miles and don't exceed 40 MPH and you'll make it. Info here:

http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/SavingandDebt/SaveonaCar/The100mpgCarIsComing.aspx

JDP/Maryland
64 R2 GT (Sid)
spent to date $62,839.60
63 Daytona HT/4 speed
63 Lark 2 door
57 Wagon



Never say never..........
I remember a story in Mechanics Illustrated, or maybe Popular Mechanics, about 1962(?), where an engineer did it with a Lark 6. The car was lightened and everthing thing possible done. He did a lot of stuff that was not usual in those days. Reducing drag: He took off the door handles, radio antenna, super slick wax, excessive tire pressure.
He may have even bypassed the existing emissions equipment.
I am too lazy to look for the article, maybe someone else knows how to find it.

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n4/larkparker/Miscellaneous/caryreduced.jpg Lark Parker
If at first you don't succeed -- you will get a lot of advice.

Lark Parker
03-07-2008, 08:10 PM
quote:Originally posted by JDP

i said impossible in the real world for a internal combustion engine, but it can be done. Here is one way: Buy a Hybrid, spend 3-12K to add more batteries and plug in capability, drive less then 30 miles and don't exceed 40 MPH and you'll make it. Info here:

http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/SavingandDebt/SaveonaCar/The100mpgCarIsComing.aspx

JDP/Maryland
64 R2 GT (Sid)
spent to date $62,839.60
63 Daytona HT/4 speed
63 Lark 2 door
57 Wagon



Never say never..........
I remember a story in Mechanics Illustrated, or maybe Popular Mechanics, about 1962(?), where an engineer did it with a Lark 6. The car was lightened and everthing thing possible done. He did a lot of stuff that was not usual in those days. Reducing drag: He took off the door handles, radio antenna, super slick wax, excessive tire pressure.
He may have even bypassed the existing emissions equipment.
I am too lazy to look for the article, maybe someone else knows how to find it.

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n4/larkparker/Miscellaneous/caryreduced.jpg Lark Parker
If at first you don't succeed -- you will get a lot of advice.

StudeDave57
03-07-2008, 08:12 PM
My un-educated guess will be 30.30 mpg. Good luck to all others... [:0] :) ;) :D


StudeDave [8D]
V/P San Diego County SDC
San Diego, Ca
www.studebakersandiego.com

'54 Commander Regal 4dr 'Ruby'
'57 Commander DeLuxe 2dr 'Baby'
'57 Champion Custom 2dr 'Jewel'
'57 Parkview 'Betsy' (she's a 2dr wagon...)
'58 Packard sedan 'Cleo'
'65 Cruiser 'Sweet Pea'

StudeDave57
03-07-2008, 08:12 PM
My un-educated guess will be 30.30 mpg. Good luck to all others... [:0] :) ;) :D


StudeDave [8D]
V/P San Diego County SDC
San Diego, Ca
www.studebakersandiego.com

'54 Commander Regal 4dr 'Ruby'
'57 Commander DeLuxe 2dr 'Baby'
'57 Champion Custom 2dr 'Jewel'
'57 Parkview 'Betsy' (she's a 2dr wagon...)
'58 Packard sedan 'Cleo'
'65 Cruiser 'Sweet Pea'

8E45E
03-07-2008, 08:20 PM
The average of ALL the cars entered?

I will guess 27.13

Craig

8E45E
03-07-2008, 08:20 PM
The average of ALL the cars entered?

I will guess 27.13

Craig

STEWDI
03-08-2008, 12:14 AM
That little spot behind the front tire couldn't be a fuel leak, could it? If so, put me down for 14.19. If it's an old piece of gum, 22.33.
I'll take a 2 dr. coach in maroon, please.

Roger "153624" Hill

55 Champion
47 M-5
Izzer Buggy
Junior Wagon

STEWDI
03-08-2008, 12:14 AM
That little spot behind the front tire couldn't be a fuel leak, could it? If so, put me down for 14.19. If it's an old piece of gum, 22.33.
I'll take a 2 dr. coach in maroon, please.

Roger "153624" Hill

55 Champion
47 M-5
Izzer Buggy
Junior Wagon

barnlark
03-08-2008, 01:33 AM
28.80

barnlark
03-08-2008, 01:33 AM
28.80

Studebaker Wheel
03-09-2008, 03:23 AM
No big winners in the guess the mileage contest so I guess I will have to keep the 1940 Champion! The correct answer is shown in the article below the photo from the Studebaker News of June 7, 1940. Looks like a few got fairly close. If you guessed between 30 and 32 consider your self a (moral) victor!
http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee285/studeq/40mileagecontest.jpg?t=1205054000



<center>Utah driver Gets National Prize For Greatest Mileage</center>

<center>Two Tie For Second Place in Los Angeles; 37 Receive Cash</center>

After lengthy examination of all the affidavited entries submitted by Studebaker dealers in the National Economy Week Contest, the greatest mass economy event ever staged, the winners have been chosen and announced.

Grand winner is Ross Harper, St. George, Utah, and the dealer for whom he drove was Clarence Dahl, also of St. George. He will receive the DeLuxe four-door Champion sedan.

Over 1,500 calibrated gas tanks were distributed before this contest and a similar number of official affidavit blanks, so this achievement is remarkable from every standpoint. The winning drivers were all non-professionals drove stock Studebaker Champions and competed in all conditions of weather and traffic. A great deal of publicity was received by Studebaker dealers in all parts of the country and public attention was focused once more on the Champion's economy.

The national average of all contestants was the amazing mileage of 31.14 miles to the gallon of gas, which even betters the record made by professional drivers in the Gilmore-Yosemite Economy Run. (Studebaker News June 7, 1940)


Richard Quinn
editor: Antique Studebaker Review

Studebaker Wheel
03-09-2008, 03:23 AM
No big winners in the guess the mileage contest so I guess I will have to keep the 1940 Champion! The correct answer is shown in the article below the photo from the Studebaker News of June 7, 1940. Looks like a few got fairly close. If you guessed between 30 and 32 consider your self a (moral) victor!
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<center>Utah driver Gets National Prize For Greatest Mileage</center>

<center>Two Tie For Second Place in Los Angeles; 37 Receive Cash</center>

After lengthy examination of all the affidavited entries submitted by Studebaker dealers in the National Economy Week Contest, the greatest mass economy event ever staged, the winners have been chosen and announced.

Grand winner is Ross Harper, St. George, Utah, and the dealer for whom he drove was Clarence Dahl, also of St. George. He will receive the DeLuxe four-door Champion sedan.

Over 1,500 calibrated gas tanks were distributed before this contest and a similar number of official affidavit blanks, so this achievement is remarkable from every standpoint. The winning drivers were all non-professionals drove stock Studebaker Champions and competed in all conditions of weather and traffic. A great deal of publicity was received by Studebaker dealers in all parts of the country and public attention was focused once more on the Champion's economy.

The national average of all contestants was the amazing mileage of 31.14 miles to the gallon of gas, which even betters the record made by professional drivers in the Gilmore-Yosemite Economy Run. (Studebaker News June 7, 1940)


Richard Quinn
editor: Antique Studebaker Review

Guido
03-09-2008, 06:39 AM
Well, I'll be.... (If my rollback got that type of mileage I would have made money at York :D).

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Guido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful"

Studebaker horse drawn doctor’s buggy; Studebaker horse drawn “Izzer” buggy; 1946 M-16 fire truck; 1948 M-16 grain truck; 1949 2R17A fire truck; 1950 2R5 pickup; 1952 2R17A grain truck; 1952 Packard 200 4 door; 1955 E-38 grain truck; 1957 3E-40 flatbed; 1961 6E-28 grain truck; 1962 7E-13D 4x4 rack truck; 1962 7E-7 Champ pickup; 1962 GT Hawk 4 speed; 1963 8E-28 flatbed; 1964 Avanti R2 4 speed; 1964 Cruiser and various other "treasures" (including a 1959 IH B-120 4 wheel drive, a 1970 Dodge W-200 Power Wagon and numerous Oliver and Cockshutt tractors).

See pictures here: http://community.webshots.com/user/GuidoSalvage

Hiding and preserving Studebakers in Richmond, Goochland & Louisa, Va.

Guido
03-09-2008, 06:39 AM
Well, I'll be.... (If my rollback got that type of mileage I would have made money at York :D).

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Guido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful"

Studebaker horse drawn doctor’s buggy; Studebaker horse drawn “Izzer” buggy; 1946 M-16 fire truck; 1948 M-16 grain truck; 1949 2R17A fire truck; 1950 2R5 pickup; 1952 2R17A grain truck; 1952 Packard 200 4 door; 1955 E-38 grain truck; 1957 3E-40 flatbed; 1961 6E-28 grain truck; 1962 7E-13D 4x4 rack truck; 1962 7E-7 Champ pickup; 1962 GT Hawk 4 speed; 1963 8E-28 flatbed; 1964 Avanti R2 4 speed; 1964 Cruiser and various other "treasures" (including a 1959 IH B-120 4 wheel drive, a 1970 Dodge W-200 Power Wagon and numerous Oliver and Cockshutt tractors).

See pictures here: http://community.webshots.com/user/GuidoSalvage

Hiding and preserving Studebakers in Richmond, Goochland & Louisa, Va.