View Full Version : UK Studebakers gate crash Wolesely show !!!

08-20-2009, 01:00 PM
Hi everyone,
last Sunday a Studebaker UK car club member invited a few other Stude owners to the Wolesely car show meet in Rugely, just north of Birmingham in the UK to a rather large estate on the site of an old Priory.

Present were Richard and John Pratt in their wonderful 50 Champion chick magnet convertible, Paul and Elaine Eccles in their lovely 1962 GT and myself, Kristine, mother in law from Toronto Margaret and of couse baby Eilish at 17 months old.

It was a great day. The most interesting car was Lord Nuffield's 1938 Wolesely 25 cabriolet given to him by the factory workers. It has about 30k original miles on the cloack and has never been restored.

Here are a few snaps. Thanks to Johnny Pratt for inviting us out for this interesting and well organised day.

Tomorrow we leave for Dublin and a tour of the northern part of Ireland in the 1937 Australian built Dictator Cruising Sedan. We will be back in early Sept and I will post a few pics then.



Once Eilish had discovered running boards for the forst time she just wanted to sit and enjoy herself on this new type of seat.

Studebakers hiding amongst the Woleselys

Lord Nuffield's 1938 cabriolet.

Richard Pratt's 1950 Champion Convertible

The 3 gate crashing Studebakers.

Eilish went for her first drive at 17 months old on dads knee. She was facinated by the operation of the steering wheel and the use of the gear stick. Luckily her feet can't reach the pedals as that would make thing real interesting. Surprisingly my wife Kristine was not to happy about dad's antics, but this picture shows pretty clearly that Eilish thought it was just good old fun.

Greg Diffen
Australian Stude nut living in Warwick, United Kingdom

1933 St Regis Brougham Model 56 Dutch delivered
1937 Dicator sedan. Australian Body by TJ Richards
1939 Packard Seven Passenger monster UK delivered
1939 Commander Sedan Australian Body by TJ Richards
1939 Commander Swiss Cabriolet by Lagenthal
1961 Hawk
1963 Daytona Hardtop
1988 Avanti Convertible

08-20-2009, 01:12 PM
Greg thanks for sharing pictures from over the pond. Don't often see pictures from the mother country so nice to know they live there too.

08-20-2009, 01:49 PM
Nice shots...
The post 56/GT grille almosts fits in with the Woleselys.

Thanks for showing the colours....:D

63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State

08-20-2009, 03:00 PM
Hello Greg. Nice pictures.

-63 Avanti R1
-61 Champ 6E5 122"
-57 Transtar 3E5/7 112"
-58 Golden Hawk

08-20-2009, 04:05 PM
Very interesting comparision of old and new in the first pic. Very pretty pic subjects. Please post more when you take them.

'50 Champion, 1 family owner

08-20-2009, 07:04 PM
Hi Greg, it's good to see that you and your familly are doing well. Your little girl is gorgeous!:)

Dave Pink
Victoria, Australia

1913 SA25 Town Car
1916 SF Roadster
1925 ER Tourer
1925 Panel Delivery
1953 Champion Sedan
1957 Golden Hawk
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Studebaker Car Club Of Australia Website

08-20-2009, 10:02 PM
That snap of Eilish on the running board had better make a TW cover asap, Greg. She's just the cutest thing on earth. [^] My daughter's name derived from the strong character princess of Kingsbridge in Pillars of the Earth and she is fawning over that picture as we speak, my friend. That Priory reminded me of the descriptions in that novel. Thanks for sharing; just wonderful images.



Steve T
08-20-2009, 10:08 PM

Let me heap on some praise too...Those are just super, and yes, the one of Eilish perched on the Dictator's running board oughta show up at one end or the other of a TW issue soon! The one of the blue droptop's a cover-type shot too...and the Wolseley meet "gatecrash" would make a neat article too! Calling Monomaniac...

(BTW, yesterday at the Mapleview cruise here, something uniquely British turned up. 'Twas a Riley Elf Mk.II. Picture a BMC Mini with a Riley grille grafted on the nose and a trunk sprouting out the aft end, and there she be. RHD, beautiful wood dash. Cars don't come much cuter and quirkier than that.)


08-21-2009, 01:44 AM
Great pics! [8D]

'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island Chapter
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