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09-19-2009, 09:25 PM
Here are the photos I have edited so far. These are just from Saturday's warm-ups. Caution - lot's of brand x's - Fords, Mopars, AMCs (I don't care for the General ;))


More to come tomorrow. It was a beautiful day up in Stanton, MI. at least 7 Studes running today (4 63 Larks, 1 Challenger, 2 Avantis).





1963 Lark Daytona HT - 63V J8 175
53-54 C/Ks, 55 Speedsters, 63 Daytonas, Wagonaires Registries (http://www.teamwetworks.com/stregs/)


Chris Pile
09-19-2009, 09:37 PM

Chris Pile
Editor: The Studebaker Special

41 Frank
09-19-2009, 10:19 PM
Thanks George. We appreciate your effort in putting the pics up. Can't wait to find out how everybody did.

Anne F. Goodman
09-19-2009, 10:43 PM
Who's 54?

Mabel 1949 Champion
Hawk 1957 Silverhawk
Gus 1958 Transtar
The Prez 1955 President State
Blu 1957 Golden Hawk
Daisy 1954 Commander Regal Coupe

09-19-2009, 11:31 PM
I wish I was running a car. Maybe one of these days. Do you have any race results and times?

57 & 58 Packards and Larks

09-20-2009, 12:26 AM
Just a quick report from today, Bob will have a good report later that will be more accurate. I was busy racing, please forgive my errors.
Two of the 9(?) Studebakers broke before the Race today. Iíll let someone else tell that story.
Two Studebakers raced each other. I think all the other Studebakers in the shoot outs won this year with the exception of the two that ran each other and only one of them could win, and the two that broke.
Several personal best this year for the Studebakers, and lots of stories to tell.
Great Studebaker year at the PSMCDR. Iím sure George will have great pictures.
Later, Richard

09-20-2009, 06:48 AM
I know it's hindsight now, but Studebaker really Missed the boat when it didn't offer a supercharger option in the 1959 Lark, It was early in the muscle car era and Chevy only had a 348,Ford a 352, Mopars a 383. and a S/C lark would have easily whompped up on a 348, 14 second 1/4 mile times in a stock 348 would be flying. And a Lark would be maybe 2800lbs, 3000 at most in a stripped down 1959 Lark. Studebaker would have had a name on the drag strips around the country, and more people would have noticed the car. More sales, heck it could have even changed history. And maybe we could have got that 340 C.I. engine.


09-20-2009, 06:52 AM
Look how popular the Plymouth Roadrunner and Dodge Super Bee became on the dragstrips.


09-20-2009, 08:50 AM
All of round one is loaded now. Brand X's just get one or two shots, but Studes get several documenting the entire run. Here are more samples, including one forum members blue Dodge with and SDC sticker! By the way, I was told at the gate that there were about 140 cars racing this weekend.

89 photos so far and round two to go.

53 C with a Cadillac engine (I forgot to log information for the Registry :()


take a look at the full size shot of this to see the angle of Richard Poe's fuzzy dice on this hard launch:

Canadian Avanti R2 comes to the US to break 100 mph (not kph) ;):



1963 Lark Daytona HT - 63V J8 175
53-54 C/Ks, 55 Speedsters, 63 Daytonas, Wagonaires Registries (http://www.teamwetworks.com/stregs/)


09-20-2009, 09:36 AM
Looks like my R1 Lark was planting the tires hard at the line. Good pictures again George.

09-20-2009, 10:16 AM
I only have a minute to comment. That 53 coupe was very cool. The owner is a very clever, creative guy. That was NOT a Caddy engine, however, but a 350 Chevy! He cut out the Cadillac script and grafted it to the Chevy valve covers. Nice craftsmanship. He said it has a MOPAR front end and cop wheels. He also used a junkyard rotary AC compressor. I told him to write this car up for the TW modified column. What a beautiful fun day at Stanton!! Huck

Gary Hildebrandt

09-20-2009, 10:51 AM
WOOHOO!!! Peter must be EXCITED that he hit the 100mph mark! We just need to get those ET's whittled down to match that new top velocity!

What a great Studebaker turnout! What a great racer turnout (I think the total ended up at 144 cars). And what a great weather turnout (compared to last year's monsoon)!!

It was great to see all the old friends, and make some new Studebaker friends. It always helps to put a face to a screen name.
Ted Harbit looked GREAT! I hope to look as good as Ted when I hit 60, let alone hitting 74!!

Frank Remlinger
SDC# A004602R

09-20-2009, 11:56 AM
Peter must be EXCITED that he hit the 100mph mark! We just need to get those ET's whittled down to match that new top velocity!

That 100 mph and 14.4 or so et it very impressive considering Peter is running a/c, drove it to the drags from Canada and is running a 3.07 rear gear. Yes, he can go through the traps in 2nd gear. A 3.73 or better will get him well into the 13's. Very impressive indeed!!

09-20-2009, 11:58 AM
Frank, I planned to stop by your pit to see how you did but you were running around I guess. The Studebaker pits were buzzing with people coming around to see the Studebakers up close. Peter Sant, my wife and I got there early to set up a space big enough for all the Studebakers to pit, but the area we have had for 11 years was occupied by cars that were let in a day early! We marked off an area big enough and set up. As always I and the other racers spent a lot of time answering questions. This is great Studebaker exposure, and all positive. The knowledge of Studebaker performance and about our cars is growing. Thatís a big part of the event. We have almost all the Studebakers together so itís a one stop shop. After last year I emailed some information to the track announcer for Saturdayís race and he was a little more correct I think. Much better than Friday. I was racing so I canít say for sure. The interest in our Studebakers is strong. My opponent was a young guy and he had a loss already to a Lark the last time he was here to race two years ago. His respect for the make is clear. The first thing out of his mouth, Studebakers are fast! After an engine build and two years of work he was much faster, over a second faster this time. A nice guy and he had a really good looking and fast Cougar Eliminator. He came over to our pit and congratulated me with a hand shake after the race. The sign of a good competitor! The point Iím trying to make is, this race event and the Studebakers and drivers that race in it are a positive for all of Studebaker and Iím pleased to be a part of it and the chance to spend the week end with so many great Studebaker people again this year.

09-20-2009, 12:05 PM
While I was at the drags I got to get a warm up ride in both Richard Poe's R1 and Rich Meadows R4. Both cars feel very strong, very impressive. The R1 pulls hard and launches great which comes from several years of trial and error with suspension mods, the R4 pulls very hard but does not launch well at all. Rich still has the four leaf springs in the back with lightly clamped springs.....not even close to enough to hold the suspension where you want it when you are pushing it with an R4. I think he will have that remedied by next year. Great ride in both cars!

09-20-2009, 12:27 PM
the last batch of photos is now loaded. My family headed home at the end of round two. There are some great shots of the R4, a wonderful photo "across the ages" of a youngster watching the two white Larks and...of course... Maestro Theodore at work.

Just to be clear, there are large photos behind each of the gallery shots in my albums - just click the small photo to see 1200 pixel-wide images (suitable for wallpaper or detailed examination). If anyone wants even-higher resolutions of these - all were taken at 3000 pixel-wide - just let me know.

Gallery link: http://www.teamwetworks.com/claymore/photos/?level=album&id=21

With any luck, I will be able to drive my 63 Daytona up next year - not to race, just to park in the paddock.





1963 Lark Daytona HT - 63V J8 175
53-54 C/Ks, 55 Speedsters, 63 Daytonas, Wagonaires Registries (http://www.teamwetworks.com/stregs/)


09-20-2009, 12:30 PM
I sure would like to attend one of these years. Sure is a long drive from the left coast.:D You guys have such a good time. I can't wait for the round to round full right up on everyone. Thanks for all the pics.

And Nels, what a treat to ride in two warm up passes.[^] I'm jealous!


wise raymond
09-20-2009, 12:57 PM
Thanks for posting the pictures ClaymoreWW looks like a great time was had by all.
great times great weather great people. thanks again. r.w.


41 Frank
09-20-2009, 12:58 PM
Who are the owners of the 2 white 63 Larks?

09-20-2009, 01:05 PM
quote:Originally posted by 63larkr1

Frank, I planned to stop by your pit to see how you did but you were running around I guess.

Richard, after struggling all day Friday it finally came around on Saturday. I qualified with a 13.700 and ended up running a 13.59 @ 102.41 on Saturday. The track was greasy at the line and everyone I talked to had a hard time getting off the line. My 60' times were WAY off (usually in the 1.95 range) and the best I could muster on either day was a 2.04.

Did you finally get yours to come around on Saturday with the much better "air"?? Friday's adjusted altitude was in the +1600-1900 ft above sea level range whilst Saturday it was in the +660 ft range with a high pressure front sitting perfectly right over our the track.

That's the only bad thing about running in this event, we can't watch the racing and see all of the cars making the passes. After I got done with my third round and got out in the stands, the only Stude I got to see run was Ted's Tomato beating down a 440-6pk Dodge. It was a beeee-u-tiful thing to see Ted rowing the 4 gear!:D[:p]:D

Frank Remlinger
SDC# A004602R

09-20-2009, 01:31 PM
I've had a ball the two times I've been to this event! You racer types just keep making it better and better! A big HIP HIP HOORAY!!!!for Team Studebaker![:0][:p][^]

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

09-20-2009, 02:25 PM
I'm awake from a short nap after getting in at 3:30AM. About half way through uploading over 100 Stude related PSMCDR pics.

In case you're wondering what the well-dressed Stude is "wearing out" on the track:

Here's a link to the small res. Click the thumbnail to see 480x640. Just ask if you'd like the full res versions.

We are one of the two that broke as we ran the first day and withdrew from the second. The Rabid Snail posted a first day 14.92l @ 98.23mph with a 60' of 2.485. It just never pulled well off the line. After the last run, a seep of what looked like coolant was seen on the driver's side head. It just wasn't worth the risk of damaging the original engine on a 10,000 mile car. So, discretion being the better part of valor, we scratched for the shootout event on Saturday. Hopefully, we have a head gasket or other easily fixed problem. We had a great time and met some great folks.

Often in error, never in doubt
____1966 Avanti II RQA 0088_______________1963 Avanti R2 63R3152____________Rabid Snail Racing

09-22-2009, 06:55 PM
For those that do not frequent the Racing Studebaker board, here are some more photos of Team Studebaker's efforts on Saturday.








And now for the rest of TEAM STUDEBAKER on RACE DAY!

Richard Poe's R1







Our Leader..........


How did this one sneak in here???????

Frank Remlinger
SDC# A004602R

09-22-2009, 07:13 PM
Great photo's ! Thank you. I think that expression, on Bob's face, tells how we all felt that day. These pictures remind me....I'd like info on that R 4 and also opinions on the Toyota alternator as seen on Richard's R1 and others. The guys there, gave it good reviews but I'm not sure about an off shore part on an American car. Maybe it's just a Detroit attiude. Huck, in Dearborn

Gary Hildebrandt