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John and Tracy Smith
06-06-2010, 12:40 AM
Our family had a very enjoyable week visiting the International Meet in Glendale whenever we could. We really appreciated how much our fellow SDC members helped our children feel welcome. Here are a few pictures of the Meet from the perspective of a 4 year-old and a 5 year-old.

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Thayer and Jillian went with us to the Studebaker Truck Farmers Dinner at the Freightliner facility and insisted that they wanted to go along on the tour. They really had a blast looking at the trucks and talking to all of their new friends. This M&M truck was their favorite vehicle on the tour.

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On our first day at the Meet (Tuesday), we looked up to see our kids hop into a Studebaker with one of their new friends and take off! She brought them back giggling- what an awesome treat!

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Thayer gives another one of his new friends a treat at the Truck Farmers Dinner.

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Thayer looking cool as we drove LuLu the wagon onto the Concours to display on Thursday morning.

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Thayer sporting his Studebaker shirt and John's hat as we got ready to look at the cars.

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The kids thought it was great that Dad was willing to pull them in the wagon to help keep them from getting too hot and tired.

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Jillian stretching out...somehow she got the wagon all to herself for a few minutes! It was warm, but fortunately we are used to it.

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Thayer loved the "Mater" truck!

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Thayer posing with his new friend, Dick.

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We even found a patch of shade to cool off with some snow cones.

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Checking out the truck row.

We really can't express our thanks enough for all who made us feel welcome with our kids at the Meet! The SDC was even kind enough to provide childcare so that we could attend the awards banquet on Friday night, which was very much appreciated. The kids had an awesome time at the Meet (they got a kick out of the fact that so many people recognized them!) and we enjoyed putting faces to so many of the names we see here each day. We're looking forward to many more Meets to come!

okc63avanti
06-06-2010, 12:46 AM
Great pics, John .... It's great that you are involving your family and children in your Studebaker hobby. You have fun, they have fun, and you are creating memories for a life time. You have an awesome family and are blessed .... but I suspect you already know that. :)

StudeRich
06-06-2010, 01:45 AM
John and Tracy I think that is just Great that you can involve your kids in the hobby AND they are enjoying it!

It is refreshing to see a different twist on the Glendale Pics, these are neat. Thanks very much for posting them.

You did not see Dave and I there, but hopefully you did meet my youngest Son Mike (hotwheels63r2).

studeclunker
06-06-2010, 02:49 AM
What a wonderful montage of pictures!:D I'd seen pictues with George and your pickup but didn't see any of Lulu. I had thought maybe you had left her home, poor thing. But, who drove her (the kids are a bit too young;))? Or did she get to ride on the trailer?

It was very surprising to see the dog! I've never seen show pictures which included dogs. My Nana would have really loved going. Ah well.

I love the Tow-Mater truck, LOL!:D:D:D

Thanks for sharing with all us shut-ins!:D:p

EDIT:
I just noticed the 'Ghost Light' on 'Mater's hook (LOL)!:D:D:D

bridgegaurd
06-06-2010, 06:45 AM
It is great to see the Gkids having so much Studebaker fun maybe some day one of them will be able to drive one to a show, wish i could have been there (well i could have but greed got in the way) Love the pics they are such photo rocks stars.

55champion
06-06-2010, 07:08 AM
Great pics,thanks for posting. It is so good to see you taking your kids along to enjoy this hobby and they seem to be having fun.

stude53
06-06-2010, 08:11 AM
Hey, Family Smith

Glad to see you are doing your part in recruiting future Studebaker nuts. I did the same with my son, Chuck, and he is now forty-six. I also helped him realize the education he wanted, and he is now a certified auto mechanic, diesel mechanic, and body/paint man with diplomas from two automotive colleges. He has helped me with resto-mod of my 53 Studebaker, and accompanied me to Studebaker meets.

He will be moving soon to Arizona, where I hope he will scope out some rust-free Studes.

BobPalma
06-06-2010, 09:01 AM
It should be noted that even though the Smiths have only two drivers, they had all three of their operating Studebakers at the meet! Quite a feat with two youngsters in tow.

Congrats, John and Tracy; it was nice to finally meet all of you folks...perhaps the "first family" of young Studebaker enthusiasts! BP

41 Frank
06-06-2010, 11:00 AM
I enjoyed meeting you again on the concours John and Tracy. It was also encouraging to notice a fair amount of young (interpret as under 50) people enjoying the cars and as swap meet customers. It appeared to me that the percentage of them was higher out here in the west then at other venues.

woodysrods
06-06-2010, 12:06 PM
Love that Stude Wrecker "Mator" ????
Brian
Oh, and that little guys shirt says it all for the future of the Studebaker hobby!

Mark57
06-06-2010, 04:16 PM
I enjoyed the story Tracy told me at the STF dinner about how & why you got into Studebakers. :cool:

StudeDave57
06-06-2010, 04:44 PM
J&T~

Pictures like these take me back 30 years-- to a time when I was in your kid's shoes.

Thanks for the memories!!! Maybe next time I can be there too???

(with a Stude of my own...)

barnlark
06-07-2010, 01:58 AM
It was great to finally meet Tracy, Thayer and Jillian! What well mannered children. You should patent that and sell it. <G>
John, I finally got a chance later on Thursday after judging to look over all of your family's vehicles. They were really all great deals and you've done some very nice work on all three so far. That truck is very, very cool. I especially enjoyed the wagon; that interior is in amazing shape. You'll enjoy getting that one close to concours shape with the least expense, but the President is right behind.

A great account of your visit, as usual! Thanks for saying hello.

Dick Clemens
06-07-2010, 11:33 AM
John & Tracy: I really enjoyed seeing you at the meet. Your kids were fantastic. Their behavior tells quite a story about the parents. We welcome you in our club. Thanks for the pic of Thayer and I. My wife loved it.

studedick from the lower Ozarks

JRoberts
06-07-2010, 11:39 AM
Tracey and John, you are quite the parents. I love that you include the kids so much in your Studebaker adventures. It is really cool. Thanks for sharing your family with us on the forum.

studegary
06-07-2010, 03:46 PM
What a nice family! Your family gives me a good feeling about the future (the country, not just SDC).

railway
06-07-2010, 03:55 PM
There were lots of folks I was in hope to meet and didn't and the Smith Family was the one I really wanted to meet. I did see the kids a couple of times and didn't know they were yours. Time just flew by for me. Thanks for posting the photos.

Welcome
06-07-2010, 07:02 PM
John and Tracy Smith;462899]Our family had a very enjoyable week visiting the International Meet in Glendale whenever we could. We really appreciated how much our fellow SDC members helped our children feel welcome. Here are a few pictures of the Meet from the perspective of a 4 year-old and a 5 year-old.
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Thayer posing with his new friend, Dick.

The Smiths; the All-American Studebaker Family has done it again!

Congratulations on that truly remarkable photograph capturing both …our SDC History …and our Future …meeting in the Present!!! Even the two automobiles in the background seem to carry the theme.

This photograph (or similar one) certainly should be one of those appearing on the NEW redesigned Studebaker Drivers Club website home page so ALL visitor can see …where we’ve been …who we are …and where we are headed.