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Studebaker Wheel
05-03-2011, 02:03 PM
http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee285/studeq/newsgroup/tornadopryor.jpg?t=1304449278

Among my Studebaker collectibles are some post card images of Studebakers “in the path of the storm.” Thought I would share a few inasmuch as this has been a particularly nasty year for tornadoes in the south and middle west. The first is in Pryor, Oklahoma on April 27, 1942. According to my Google search 100 were killed and 300 injured. See:
http://www3.gendisasters.com/oklahoma/4176/pryor%2C-ok-tornado%2C-apr-1942
for more details. Close inspection of this photo shows two Studebakers, a ’41 Champion coupe and a 1940 Commander or President, the latter suffering some damage that does not appear to be fatal. As is often the case trailer camps often get the worst of it. Close ups to follow.

Studebaker Wheel
05-03-2011, 02:08 PM
http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee285/studeq/newsgroup/tornadopryor3.jpg?t=1304449634
http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee285/studeq/newsgroup/tornadopryor2.jpg?t=1304449278

Two close ups showing the Studebakers.

Studebaker Wheel
05-03-2011, 02:11 PM
http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee285/studeq/newsgroup/tornadowoodward.jpg?t=1304449823

http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee285/studeq/newsgroup/tornadowoodward2.jpg?t=1304449875

This one in Woodward, Oklahoma on April 9, 1947 was even worse and is described as being the "The longest, widest and most destructive tornado ever to occur in this area"
The tornado was on the ground for 221 miles thru three states and killed 338 people, 169 who lived in Woodward. See: http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ok/county/woodward/intro.html
for more information. In the photo above the remains of a late ‘20’s Chevrolet is shown in the foreground with a M Series Studebaker truck and a ’42 Champion in the background. No damage is discernable on either Studebaker but the Champion lost a hub cap. That appears to be a Phillips 66 station behind the two Studebakers.

BobPalma
05-03-2011, 06:18 PM
http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee285/studeq/newsgroup/tornadowoodward2.jpg?t=1304449875

M Series Studebaker truck and a '42 Champion in the background. No damage is discernable on either Studebaker but the Champion lost a hub cap.

Geeze: Unless my eyes deceive me, check out that cattle-guard-quality grille protector in front of the M-series' grille! I'll bet that's one peice of M-series vertical nose stainless Matthew Burnette won't have to straighten. What a battering ram! BP

mbstude
05-03-2011, 06:30 PM
Any M-truck grille strip would be easier than the Chevy's radiator shell!

jclary
05-03-2011, 06:36 PM
These pictures should serve to remind us that nothing we are experiencing today is really new. The numbers attached to the damage these days are bigger. But the relative value of the losses are probably the same. The big difference is the speed and wide coverage of how these events get communicated.

Studebaker Wheel
05-03-2011, 07:35 PM
These pictures should serve to remind us that nothing we are experiencing today is really new. The numbers attached to the damage these days are bigger. But the relative value of the losses are probably the same. The big difference is the speed and wide coverage of how these events get communicated.


Indeed! The most horrific tornado in U.S. history occurred here in Southern Illinois (and Missouri and Indiana) on March 19, 1925. It was called the tristate tornado and killed 695 people. The F5 tornado was on the ground for an incredible 219 miles. I am sure there were a lot of Studebakers destroyed in that one! See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri-State_Tornado

mbstude
05-03-2011, 07:41 PM
Indeed! The most horrific tornado in U.S. history occurred here in Southern Illinois (and Missouri and Indiana) on March 19, 1925.

What are your personal recollections of that one?

Studebaker Wheel
05-03-2011, 07:56 PM
What are your personal recollections of that one?

Like Dorothy I hit my head and don't remember too much. I do recall in my delirium something about a yellow brick road and "The Wizard of Studebaker." I was never quite the same after that.

Flashback
05-03-2011, 08:23 PM
Here's a little more recent one. Last Wednesday night. 53 Starliner

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn320/Flashback53/easterandtornado122-1.jpg

aarrggh
05-03-2011, 09:00 PM
More vintage storm stuff . . . . .

http://i51.tinypic.com/2co62a1.jpg

BobPalma
05-04-2011, 09:47 AM
More vintage storm stuff . . . . .

http://i51.tinypic.com/2co62a1.jpg

Hmmmm, Aarrggh: That 1962 Bel-Air 4-door is the exact car in which I took Driver Education in spring 1962. There was this one girl in the car with us and if I recall, the destruction in the photo may simply be the result of her just having "navigated" that street!

The car did come through pretty well, though, so they may not be it....<GGG> (Ours was a 283, too, and I see that one is Stovebolt Six motivated by virtue of no engine identification in front of the LF wheel.) BP