View Full Version : My dad and his Champion

10-11-2009, 03:17 PM
My dad polishing his 1940 Studebaker Champion.


'50 Champion, 1 family owner

08-23-2011, 10:25 AM
This is such an awesome pic! i love to see original photos from back in the day!

08-23-2011, 12:37 PM

is that a "lone star" or "royal crown cola" bottle in his hand? :)

08-23-2011, 03:57 PM
Wow, I had totally forgotten this post. Thought my eyes were wacko when I saw I had posted a thread.

Between those two choices, it would have been a Royal Crown Cola. He never had an alcoholic drink in his life. That pic was while he was a chaplain in the Army Air Force. He was a minister before and after the war.

Maybe it was the polish????? If it was a soft drink, it was either a Coke or a Dr. Pepper.

Thanks for bringing this thread up again, Corvanti. He died in January of last year, and today I was sort of missing him more than usual.

A customer commented to me this morning on my ethics and I blamed them on him.

08-23-2011, 08:37 PM
can't take credit for the update, bob. that was one of our newest forum members, troy.

my dad - the one that showed/helped me learn auto mechanics passed in '02... i do "feel" him looking over my shoulder when i get stumped... then i think WWDD: what would daddy do? :)

08-23-2011, 10:18 PM
Oh No!! My mistaken reading.

Thanks Troy.

Here's another one for you to make up for my mistake. Same car, about 8 years later, my grandmother and my older brother at Chandelier Tree.


08-23-2011, 10:25 PM
Great photo...back when fenders could hold more than headlights.:):cool::)

08-25-2011, 12:30 AM
Wow Bob that is incredible! such history behind these photos! thank you for sharing them and a little insight into your family's history! most the time i feel like i was born in the WRONG generation, cause when i see things like this, i don't think it gets any better!

and as for you and Corvanti both, i am sorry to hear about the losses of your fathers, im sure they were amazing men, and they were smart enough to introduce you to a wrench and an engine right? :cool:

08-25-2011, 08:12 AM
Troy, I've written about my family and Studebakers many times on the forum, so giving a whole story would bore a lot of people. Short story, my folks traded that 40 for a 50 in December, 1949. Every lesson I learned in childhood for mechanicing was on that 50 Champion. I was amazed when I learned in later life that other cars were NOT made the same way as Studebakers.

BTW, my car in my signature is THAT 50 Champion. It and I have been together every day of our lives.

08-25-2011, 10:56 AM
Great photo...back when fenders could hold more than headlights.:):cool::)

I remember during deer hunting season seeing many cars with dead deer tied to the fenders.

08-25-2011, 11:22 AM
It and I have been together every day of our lives.

Excuse me for a minute. I have something in my eye.

08-25-2011, 05:56 PM
Did you get 'something' out of your eye, yet? ;) Happens to me on occasion.

08-25-2011, 06:40 PM
Nice pictures Bob. I lost my dad January of last year also. Every so often something will trigger the memories, and it's a bitter-sweet feeling. The fond memory mixed with the grief.
I don't have dads car, but I have Grampas pick up. It and I have been together since I was 4.

08-25-2011, 10:17 PM
Some of us are lucky enough to have something that a dollar can't buy.