04-10-2009, 03:49 PM
Early this week, my CPA called and informed me that our tax returns were ready to be picked up. So, Jock (the poodle) and I drove my ‘55 Studebaker truck the 5 miles to pick up my documents. My CPA’s office is across the road from our local post office. Since we do a joint return, I brought the forms home so my Wife and I could provide the appropriate signatures. The main problem with this little trip was that it was too short. I had other things I had to do, so the trip was “there and back” out of necessity.

Yesterday was a beautiful day. The spring pollen is painting everything a greenish yellow, melodic chickadee songs echoing across the meadow, horses frolicking in the pasture, and best of all, the spare generator I just installed in my business coupe actually works! Then it hit me! … I still had not mailed the tax forms! I realized that if I failed to accomplish that task today, the “real adult” who lives in my house, could turn this spring day into a winter chill (and rightly so).

Now, in today’s politically correct environmentally sensitive world, I suppose I should have walked down the driveway and placed the envelopes in my mailbox. However, with all the thieving “dope heads” roaming around stealing personal information out of mailboxes, that is no longer an option. The next best PC thing to do was to climb on my good old bicycle and pedal the 5 miles to the post office. Then the little idea bulb went off in my mind. "THEY" are talking about being "GREEN!" Shucks! My little Studebaker truck has been “GREEN” for 54 years! So…Jock (the poodle), and I open the doors to the “Man Cave”, fire up the truck and we’re off! … And, not the 5 miles to the local post office. The “Studebaker Shortcut” to the post office. The country road route. Roads with names like, Bomar road, Jug Factory road, Mt. Lebanon Church road, Holly Springs … until finally reaching the little two lane intersection town of Campobello. Great! There is a line. There is a customer in front of me. Two minutes later, we’re back on the road again. I managed to incorporate some additional “Studebaker Shortcut” turns on the way back. Why wait for the “international drive your Studebaker day” to enjoy your ride? About 40 miles and an hour or so later, we rumble back to the “Man Cave.” …SPRING and a “STUDEBAKER SHORTCUT!’ there’s nothing like it!

John Clary
Greer, SC
I have only two limitations ...BRAINS & ENERGY
SDC member since 1975

04-10-2009, 04:59 PM
This little "story" has an interesting theme and that central idea could make for all kinds of entertaining short stories for TW. A picture or two would make this a real gem.

04-10-2009, 05:35 PM
I'm on the same page with you. Just yesterday, for no reason, I told my wife that I was taking the Stude out for a ride. An hour later, I returned home. I went no place in particular, but it felt good.

'59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop

Aussie Hawk
04-10-2009, 05:41 PM
Hey John,

We have a very large share of 'Greenies' down here in Aus, that really push the Carbon Neutral theme, and companies making a killing by selling Carbon Credits,(what a rort). If it rains excessivley, or doesn't rain, or is unseasonally hot or cold it's Climate Change - caused by all you dirty older car drivers. Having my everyday driver being a '56 International fitted with a 350 SBC, and my '62 Hawk I occasionally get some greenie giving me jip at the lights, or when parking, I just than them for their Carbon Credits and drive/walk away :D

I'm still looking for a bumper sticker thanking the drivers behind me in traffic for their carbon credits...Our Government is planning to start carbon reduction scheme to lessen Austrlia's <1% contribution to the global carbon load, at a significant cost to industry and the public. Which will make absolutley no difference, while we are located geographically near the greatest polluters - China and India, who couldn't give a toss about the environment. I fear over the next few years the vocal minority will convince the regulators to start banning cars over a certain age, or restrict how often, or how far we can drive them.

OH, by the way, I have always been amazed that you guys can leave your mail in the letter boxes for collection. Australia Post looses enough letters even when you use their boxes [:0] We also have problems with mongrels stealing mail from home boxes looking for money or to steal identities, from personal information. So after this very positive letter :D, I'll sign off.


04-10-2009, 06:14 PM
Good to hear from friends "down under!" One of the highlights of my life was my "R&R" from Vietnam spent in good old Sydney! Sailing out of the harbor(or is it harbour), by the Opera, on an old schooner. I only wish I had been able to see more of the country. As far as the government goes...it just confirms that human nature is truly just that...the ability to miss-govern is universal.:):):)

John Clary
Greer, SC
I have only two limitations ...BRAINS & ENERGY
SDC member since 1975

04-10-2009, 06:27 PM
A couple of years back, I saw an article about carbon cost of manufacturing a new car versus keeping the old one going. As I recall, the article recommended keeping the old one. Obviously not what the auto industry wanted to hear.

04-10-2009, 06:34 PM
Heck, 75% of the CASO repair stuff offered up here are 'Studebaker Shortcuts';)[}:)][B)]



04-10-2009, 06:39 PM
Sounds like a perfectly sensible shortcut to me! Of course, I'm the guy that once drove from Phoenix to Des Moines by way of Seattle.

Jeff Jones
Tucson Arizona
1947 M-5

Aussie Hawk
04-10-2009, 08:59 PM
John, you, and all you other Stude drivers should think about coming down for a visit, our $ is only about 70c of yours at the moment. Tell your wives you are doing to Aus to investigate RHD Studes ;)
Or take a Stude shortcut, via, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth.


04-10-2009, 10:37 PM
I can't think of a better shortcut! However, I think "that one" would be hard to explain to the "Missie!" Of course it would be better to wait until our late fall. It would be nice to wander down your way as our fall season begins your spring season!By the way, I think I still have a coin somewhere that has some kind of marsupial on it (and it is not one of our "possums")

04-11-2009, 12:28 PM
MAYBE it's an affectation of all the concentrated carbon fumes swirling about in the cockpit of our Studes![:0] Yesterday, it took Pete 'n me 66 miles of driving to find the farm supply store that's only 8 miles from home.[}:)]

Neither of us seemed to mind tho!:D

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1963 Cruiser
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

04-12-2009, 08:51 AM
I'm a BIG fan of shortcuts like that... sadly it wasn't in a Stude but in January of 93 I drove from Raleigh to Los Angles by way of El Paso (and then headed straight north again).

I'm also going to print up a bumper sticker something like this... <EG>


Jeff DeWitt

Aussie Hawk
04-12-2009, 05:36 PM

Love the bumper sticker:D Put me down for a couple. The ones I've got on my Inter pick up is " If you can read this thank a teacher. If you can read it in English than a soldier". & " If you want to burn our flag, wrap youself in it first". I some times sit at the lights and watch the faces on the people behind me as they read them, you get some interesting reactions. Mostly smiling agreement.