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    Share YOUR IDYSD story!

    Our 15 year old son, Braden, and I got out our 1959 Lark VIII 2DHTP and cruised around town, running errands. We got lots of thumbs ups, and a few "Hey! Nice car!" comments, and even an offer to buy our car from a little old lady (mid-seventies) in a Walmart parking lot who rushed her 91 year old mother to get off the phone so she could wave us down and stop to offer to buy our car or trade for her early 90's Corsica. Unfortunately for her, we declined both offers.

    But our best story comes from Sunday, 9/13/15 at 10:00 PM at a local QT (QuikTrip).

    We stopped at QT to get some tea and donuts for the next morning. While we are choosing donuts, a middle-aged guy that looks like a baseball coach, comes in from the parking lot and almost yells into the lobby: "Are you guys the ones with the Studebaker?!?!?!" We gave him the thumbs up and said, "Yeah, That's us!"

    He lit into a stream of expletives about Oh WOW! That is @#$% GREAT! Oh my @#@&*# God That is @#@@&&* awesome!, Then, stifling himself, thinking THAT word was too harsh, substituted a different expletive (almost as bad) #$%% That's Great! Don't go anywhere yet, I want to look at it before you leave!

    We said "OK!" Look all you want!" He went out , put his stuff in his car, then came over and was leaning in the window, smelling deeply, waving his arms about how great it was, and how this was from "His Era" and he grew up with these things, they were #$(@*$& GREAT! He never owned one, but his first car was a 1965 Pontiac Grand Prix that was "18 !@#(@*#& feet long!"

    After more waving of arms, lots more excited expletives, and how that is just great, go enjoy your car! You don't see many of those any more at all!, we got into our car, started it and drove out of the parking lot, laughing and bewildered about how this guy was SSSSOOOOOOO excited about seeing our car.

    I've gotta say, in the 36 years of owning and driving Studebakers, I have NEVER encountered ANYONE more excited than this guy to have seen our car and enjoyed the few moments he got to see it. It was uplifting, yet kinda creepy to see someone that over-the-top about our Marque. Either way, he blessed us with a story and a memory that will last us a lifetime!

    We try to make every day DYSD (except in winter), as we have to schedule who gets to drive the Stude on which day(s) that week. Braden drives it to school to share his Studebaker knowledge with all the other youth of the new generation. I am teaching him the fine art of automotive repair as we do the brakes, rear axle, and eventually the engine, carburetor and front suspension, so he can carry on the legacy that is....Studebaker.
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    Josh, (15 year old G-Son) and I had planned to go to the shop and work on my Convertible for awhile,then come home and help my Daughter on her old house project that afternoon. BUT, When I went out to feed the horse just before sun up, I noticed it was raining!
    I had to meet a man at the shop on another matter so we rode to town anyway.after taking care of some business,we cranked up the Silverhawk and went to Hardee's for breakfast. When leaving,I tossed the keys to Josh.
    Josh has his learner's permit and has been driveing since he was 7. He looked kinda sheepish and handed the keys back and said "I don't want to drive in the rain."

    I drove back to the shop but didn't park in the regular spot. I needed to move some stuff around before I put the car away.
    Josh helped me with my little tasks but as I was finishing up, I noticed Josh lingering by the car.
    As I finished my last little chore,I heard the Hawk Start up.
    I watched from afar as he revved the engine a little,then the car moved backward a bit and stopped.
    The old black car then moved forward and Josh parked in it's place perfectly.

    He got out grinning and said "I wasn't sure about the column shift, but I'v Got t now!"

    I have had Josh driving my 4 spd 58 Studebaker Truck, my 5spd Dodge 1500, the 3500 diesel dually 5pd, even my 2 ton GMC.but didn't realize I had never taught him the 3 on the tree.
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    That's GREAT rockinhawk!

    He had to build his confidence and he knew that you'd trust him to get in it and drive! I've had folks tell me that I was "REALLY trusting" when my son got behind the wheel and I climbed into the passenger side. I replied; "He's a great driver and it will be his someday anyway!"

    He referred to it last night as a "Babe Magnet"!!!!!
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    IDYSD 2015 "up-north"

    On saturday 12.9.2015 we have absolutely gorgeous weather here in Oulu, Northern Finland. I think it,s time to take The President out and make a trip to the City of Oulu and possibly have some coffee with ice-cream on the beach.

    I asked my friend, who lives next to my house, if he wanted to join the trip. Of course he wants (he has a '55 Cadillac in his carage, but it takes a year or two before it is ready to hit the road again...)! As a matter of fact he jumped in the car WITH his wife and their younger dauhter, and of course my wife was with us, too. Well, my President is a very spacious car.

    The car works perfectly, when we cruised slowly. People next to the street smiles and waves their hands and ice-cream was delicious. The IDYSD 2015 was a complete success for us all and, of course, my President Classic 1957 too

    Greetings, Jukka S.
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    IDYS at Jalopyfest 2015

    Zach - 17 yo senior, Evan - 15 yo sophomore (aka Mr. Learner's Permit) and I took the 62 Hawk to Jalopyfest 2015 at the Grundy County Fairgrounds in the Illinois River town of Morris, Illinois - approximately 60 miles southwest of downtown Chicago. We arrived after a long drive in the right lane on the Interstate.
    It was a great show full of pre-1965 cars and trucks - with a lot of survivor hotrods and some beautiful Kustoms. There were a couple Studebaker pickups, but only one Stude car - our Survivor Hawk.

    Eschewing a return on the Interstate, Mr. Learner's Permit drove 60 miles on country two lanes and another 40 through an Interstate construction zone.

    Needless to say, he was a very happy guy.
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    It gives new meaning to the phrase "Ten and Two!" (Since they are not really taught to do that anymore....)

    Great to get our new generation out and playing with the history! I recently had a guy ask me if my kids appreciated riding around in our rolling museum! I replied "I think so!" For those kids that actually help wrench on the cars, it is an entirely new appreciation for the cool old stuff!
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    This video link was posted in another thread, but it is appropriate here...complete with police escort...what those at the Tri-State meet in Maggie Valley, N.C. did.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxAk...ature=youtu.be

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    Sorry for the duplication-I know I posted somewhere else-just can't find it(old age thing). Enclosed are our pics for our wedding anniversary on Saturday, Sept 12th. The Quilchina Inn is a great historic hotel (107 years old) in British Columbia's interior. It was a great experience and will probably be on our annual bucket list. Terrific weather, great car, fantastic destination location with huge history, great food and even better drinks in a saloon with bullet holes in the bar.

    Cheers, Bill & Sonja

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    We filled up an overflowing parking lot at a museum in Coralville, Iowa. The Big 6 River Bend & Iowa Hawkeye Chapters met there.
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    My memory of that day? On the way to our Northwest Chapter tour, I stopped at the local coffee shop to fortify myself. I was driving my beloved '61 Lark hardtop. There was a parking space right in front of the shop. A lady came out, camera in hand, and asked "Can I take a picture of your Valiant?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Studebakercenteroforegon View Post
    My memory of that day? On the way to our Northwest Chapter tour, I stopped at the local coffee shop to fortify myself. I was driving my beloved '61 Lark hardtop. There was a parking space right in front of the shop. A lady came out, camera in hand, and asked "Can I take a picture of your Valiant?"
    And you replied. . . ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Commander Eddie View Post
    And you replied. . . ?
    I was polite, of course. Informed her it was a Studebaker Lark - I don't think she cared if it was a Valiant or a Lark - she just wanted a picture of it.

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    We need to change the date on the heading to this years IDYSD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warren Webb View Post
    We need to change the date on the heading to this years IDYSD.
    Warren, allow me to disagree...in a friendly way, of course. I believe, since this is a forum "Sub-Category," instead of changing the date, the title of this particular thread should be edited to "add the date" of the 2015 IDYSD for this thread.

    For this present year, why don't you start a new thread within this forum sub-category? Then, for editing, I believe you can edit it as needed, or at least, request the moderator to assist.

    By the way, what is the date for the event this year?
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    The Champ is parked in the western lot of the Omaha USPS P&DC at 13th and Pacific. The tailgate is pointed to 13th Street so you can tell which one it is. I got stuck with four hours of overtime tonight, so it's going be there a while.
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    Got off to a good start today for IDYSD. I took the Avanti over to the nearest gasoline source (a 7-11 about two miles from me) to fill the tank since I wasn't sure how much gas I had in the tank. I hadn't even put my credit card in the pump when a man came over and knew exactly what the car was. We talked for quite a while. He said his brother used to race a '57 Hawk on the dirt tracks. Then, an older African-American gent got out of his very new looking Land Rover and came over. He asked if he could take pictures of the Avanti (he knew what it was too). Of course I said please do and I also opened the hood for him. He said an Avanti was his dream car when he was young.
    This afternoon we are going to meet at an assisted living facility where we will greet Leonard Summers, a 92-year old long-time Studebaker owner and a WWII veteran. His military service was in the Army Air Corps as a flight engineer in B-17s flying out of England. He made his 25 missions without a scratch.
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    Photos of our Wagonaire leaving for a trip around town with a stop at our firehouse. My wife's first ride in the rebuilt Studebaker, her concern, "it's hot in here, where's the air conditioning?".
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    Had a great IDYSD. This has been a busy year, and this is only the second show outing this year, so I was ready. Took a leisurely 60 mile stroll up to Tonkawa, OK, using the two lane, out of the way highways. Beautiful morning, 65 degrees at the start, and temps only got into the high seventies, with a nice breeze all day. Enjoyed the back roads, looking at the freshly plowed fields and crops.

    Parked with some friends, had a great visit, and headed home via I35, because I wanted to come home the "back way", to avoid OSU football game traffic. Really enjoyed the drive, and several folks on the Interstate gave us thumbs-up.

    The old Stude did me proud, was chosen as best of show. Entry fee was $20.00, I won a $20.00 cash door prize, a $50.00 cash prize and $20.00 prepaid entry for next year's show came with the plaque. 'Reckon I'll try to make it up there next year.


    Oh, and my '54 was the only Stude in the show.

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    Some of us visited the Swigart Museum in Huntingdon, PA, oldest antique auto museum in the U.S. P9100321.jpg Got to board "Peg", one of the two Studebaker electrics that served the congressional subway in Washington, DC in the first two decades of the last century. P9100328.jpg P9100330.jpg Saw the "Tin Goose", the 1947 prototype Preston Tucker built to interest investors, as well as 1948 Tucker production #13. P9100346.jpg The one-off 1936 Duesenberg Bill Swigart overbid Jay Leno. P9100334.jpg ,as well as a number of other unique examples P9100340.jpg, every one of which can be started and driven. In addition to the world's largest badge collection and license plate collection, the Swigart has 160 very incredible vehicles in its collection. Only 35 fit in the display building at any given time, so there is always something new to be seen when you visit.
    Then we cruised about fifty miles to enjoy an amazing buffet at Prime Sirloin Buffet in Duncansville, PA. P9100350.jpg

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    In spite of the nearly unbearable heat and humidity today we had a nice IDYSD. As mentioned in Post 16 above, Potomac Chapter members met at the Fharney-Keedy Home and Village, a nice rural retirement home close to Boonsboro, Maryland. The staff had done a nice job of getting ready for the group. They had even roped off their large parking lot closest to the main building. Ultimately only five Studebakers made the meeting because of the heat and un-air conditioned cars. However, the staff brought out about 25 wheelchair residents including our hero, Leonard Summers, over the time we were there. Cars that made it were Lynda and Murray Welsh and a guest in the '50 Champion, me in my '64 R-1 Avanti (with AC), Bob DeVore in his Flamingo '61 Hawk, Terry and Shirley McDaniel in their '63 Lark Regal four-door 259 V8 and overdrive (one family ownership since new, 130,000+ miles and completely original paint, interior and drive train), and finally Pat and Larry Merhaut in their '62 Lark Regal convertible, also a 259 with overdrive. By the way, the Welsh Champion "ain't your grandpa's Champion"- has overdrive, a 185 cid engine, dual carburetors and dual exhausts. He cruises at 75 on the Interstates with no problem.
    We were sure happy to see 92-year-old Leonard looking so good after having broken his hip a few weeks ago. He is walking with a walker, but couldn't manage it to come out where we were.
    Unfortunately, IDYSD coincided with Boonsboro Days in nearby Boonsboro and it's a big event. So, traffic was heavy even on the country roads and there were yard sales set up everywhere which slowed things down too.
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    No pix for now. Chamber of Commerce gorgeous weather. 25 members and 6 guests. 10 Studebaker started, 4 peeled off after lunch. We drove 250 mile round trip from Wichita, KS to Chapman, KS and back. Whole event was 8 hours. We had lunch in McPherson at Montana Mike's, and toured the fantastic Kansas Auto Racing Museum. HAD A BALL!
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    Two of us made an appearance at the Saturday night cruise in, my friend in his Speedster and my newly completed 53. I had gone over the carburetor this afternoon to fix a stumble and found a stuck secondary float valve and a shot accelerator pump. Cleaned it up and installed new float valves and reset the float height and new gaskets from the kit. It ran great so off we went to the cruise in. Unfortunate the kit did not include anything to make me smart enough to be sure the floats were not dragging on the bowl. It flooded out as I was leaving, but many came to my rescue and we pushed it, dried it out and drove it home at a good throttle. Its all part of getting a car back on the road.
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    For the last few years two Southern California SDC chapters have gotten together for an early dinner/late lunch at the Cocos on Imperial Highway in Brea CA. That is the Los Angeles Studebakers with the combined Beach Cities/Orange/Inland Empire chapter (which once were three separate groups and are now one club).
    We did it again today.
    It is 60 miles from my house which typically takes under 90 minutes. But not today.
    Today every car in Los Angeles decided to get on the freeways and drive 12 miles an hour.
    I left my house before 1 pm with the anticipation of getting there well before 2:30. That is not what happened.
    I got there around 3:30, hot, sweaty, thirsty, and crabby. It wasn't a particularly warm day, but when you are driving a car with no AC and have the windows for cooling, and you are not moving, the windows do not cool you.
    On the plus side I saw lots of hands sticking cell phones out their windows, pointed at my 1952 Land Cruiser. I know that people are showing off pictures of the old car that they saw on the freeways, driving along, like a regular vehicle. They may or may not know it is a Studebaker, but it got lots of attention.
    Once I finally got to Cocos everything was friendly as can be with maybe 3 dozen Studebakers in the lot.
    They ranged from 1920's era oldies to Avantis.
    I go because of the wonderful comaraderie of Studebaker owners. But that drive had really knocked me out.
    While I was sitting in the shade before this meal, I saw a woman with a pile of red papers, set one inside each car's open window. I figured it was a flier for some car show because that is usually what people set in your car.
    But when it came time to drive home I looked to see what show it was advertising and it was not a show at all.
    The cardboard said "Thanks for coming to "Drive Your Studebaker Day" September 10, 2016." Glued to it was a Studebaker key ring with a cut out Lazy S logo as the dangle.

    The trip home (that I had dreaded after the drive there) was thankfully 100% normal. The only traffic jam was the usual logjam where 3 freeways come together and everyone has to change lanes. That is always slow. Other than that, all the traffic flowed and the trip took its normal 75 minutes or so.
    My car clearly thought the trip back was wonderful. It acted just like a normal car, as if this were 1955, and it drove for its owner whenever that owner got in and turned the key.
    Not a hint of a problem.

    I changed my Studebaker's key from the generic ring that I had it on, to the new lazy S ring. Every time I drive that car now, I shall remember how I got it on Drive Your Studebaker Day.

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    Lark8 girl had a nice Weekend of IDYSD. On Friday she saw a 53 Studebaker coupe driving in Fort Wayne. Saturday was rainy here so no Stude cruising. On a beautiful Sunday Morning we drove top down for breakfast. When coming out of the restaurant a couple of seniors told us how much they liked seeing the Lark. They said they once had one and loved it. Its great to hear the people that bought and drove Studebakers when new still have fond memories. It made Lark8 girls day to hear their story!
    We drove into town and parked in the service drive of the old Studebaker dealer building in Huntington, Indiana for a photo stop.

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    So, I've been driving the Studebaker every day for the last couple - three weeks since my "modern" car has been in the shop. I made sure to drive the Champion on Saturday, even though it was just a run to the liquor store . I usually drive the Studebaker two or three days a week to work. It's a great car and helps remind one of he difference between wants and needs.
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