View Full Version : Studebaker saved!

04-13-2009, 03:09 PM
File under "wow." Fire destroyed his home and his life's work - a high-performance engine shop. However...

LINK: http://www.news8austin.com/content/your_news/default.asp?ArID=237733

"Volunteer firefighters John Ertz and Steve Podkamenski managed to save one of his prize possessions. 'We saw a Studebaker sitting in the breezeway,' Ertz said.

When Ertz and Podkamenski came across Cook's home and shop in flames they knew it was too late to save, but they refused to walk away. 'We needed to at least save that car before we continued fighting the fire on the ground,' Ertz said.

With a broken arm Ertz, and Podkamenski along with a few others, helped move the car out of harm's way. 'It was just the right thing to do,' Podkamenski said. It was a selfless act that shed light on an otherwise dark day for Cook."

"I can't describe what's inside here [my heart]. The firemen that saved this car ... the young man that rebuilt it at the shop just so I could be there. Those are friends," Cook said."

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04-13-2009, 03:27 PM
Like it said in the article, "it's not as important as friends and family, but it helps" That would have been one heckuva uplift after a terrible day. you think everything is gone, you go home to see the destruction, and there is your studebaker, undamaged, among the debris. Even though it is a hunk of metal, that would have spoken volumes to me.


1963 Lark, 259 V8, two-tone paint, Twin Traction. Now that the salt is off the roads, she is getting back into regular rotation!

04-13-2009, 04:15 PM
That seems like a great local Austin TX, TV station NEWS 8, they even have quite a lengthy Video on their site about Mr. Jim Cook and his '53 Starliner looking, Blue Stude.

I say that because I saw the Dash, telling me it probably started out as a '55, a beautiful car!

StudeRich at Studebakers Northwest -Ferndale,WA