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John and Tracy Smith
07-18-2009, 02:21 PM
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John had a great time in Cedar Rapids and thought he'd share a few of his favorite moments. He was especially excited to see this stock version of his '55 truck. The gentleman who owned it (Les Hole from Kansas) very generously gave John a copy of a past Turning Wheels issue that highlighted these trucks...too cool and very appreciated! Thanks, Les! While we love our truck, there's nothing like having the chance to enjoy the original look.

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The Truck Farmers Dinner on Wednesday night provided John with the opportunity to "put a face to the name" of many forum members that we interact with on a daily basis. One such member was Frank Drumheller (pictured center.) Great to meet everyone!

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This was John's favorite license plate topper that he saw at the meet.

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One of John's ambitions has always been to find a Studebaker fire truck to see in person. This gorgeous example more than fit the bill.

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John can attest that Dave Arnold's '60 Lark is even better looking in person than in pictures (and that's really saying something!)

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John enjoyed spending some time getting to know fellow members Bob Andrews and Kevin Dillon.

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John's dream car, a Packard Hawk, alongside a beautiful blue Lark (Tracy's thinking she's going to have to have another one of those someday!)

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This neat car greeted attendees at the Meet entrance every day. Unfortunately, John had to leave for home mid Thursday morning and missed the events of the rest of the meet. He was still amazed by how many Studes he got to see in the short time he was there, and especially enjoyed watching the many Studes driving around town.

John and Tracy Smith
Queen Creek Arizona
http://1955studebaker.blogspot.com/

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Chris Pile
07-18-2009, 04:01 PM
Les will be happy to know you really like his truck!

Chris Pile
Editor: The Studebaker Special
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Mark57
07-18-2009, 06:56 PM
quote:Originally posted by John and Tracy Smith
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This neat car greeted attendees at the Meet entrance every day.

Interesting... This Sheriff's car looks like a Cruiser model to me (opening rear vent windows) - am I mistaken? or was this from a Sheriff's dept. with deep pockets to afford a top of the line sedan? ;):)

<h5>Mark
'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island Chapter
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58PackardWagon
07-18-2009, 08:11 PM
I have to say, John has very good taste. All of these cars were done very well. That Packard Hawk was absolutely beautiful!


57 & 58 Packards and Larks

53k
07-18-2009, 09:36 PM
quote:Originally posted by John and Tracy Smith

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John had a great time in Cedar Rapids and thought he'd share a few of his favorite moments. He was especially excited to see this stock version of his '55 truck. The gentleman who owned it (Les Hole from Kansas) very generously gave John a copy of a past Turning Wheels issue that highlighted these trucks...too cool and very appreciated! Thanks, Les! While we love our truck, there's nothing like having the chance to enjoy the original look....

Les is a high school and college classmate of mine. He drove that truck for many years as a commuter and work truck before he did the very thorough restoration. I think he had finished it just in time for Omaha (where he won a first). Funny thing is, when we were in high school we used to make fun of another classmate who persisted in driving Studebakers (he was the only one in school to do so). I guess it took us a while to see the light[:I].




Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Daytona convertible, '53 Commander Starliner, Museum R-4 engine, '62 Gravely Model L, '72 Gravely Model 430

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4961Studebaker
07-18-2009, 09:52 PM
Well let me add fuel to the dream. [:p]
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And while John caught me on candid camera,.....he and his father are good guys. [8D]






ChopStu
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tutone63
07-20-2009, 01:32 PM
I arrived at the show at 12 thursday...parked right next to Dave. I just missed you! I was hoping to run into you two! You are correct about Daves Lark. that thing is beautiful! I didn't get a pic of that cop lark, unfortunately. That thing grabbed my attention as we were leaving and the camera was packed away under the seat. Oh well...

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1963 Lark, 259 V8, two-tone paint, Twin Traction. Driven often, always noticed!