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BobPalma
09-25-2008, 09:49 AM
Here is what proved to be George Krem's Plain Brown Wrapper on it's last trip down the Mid-Michigan Motorplex, early evening Friday, September 12, 2008. This was during the three-hour window of abbreviated practice squeezed in before persistant rain cancelled the entire 2008 Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Race Saturday, September 13.

Larry Mitchell is operating Ted Harbit's new video camera, admitting so much light the venue actually appears more "daylight" than it was, making the race easier to see than it would have been otherwise. Larry accidentally called out the competitor as a Buick, but it is really a 1970 Olds 442, equipped with a 455 engine producing 365 HP through a Turbo-Hydramatic transmission. The driver appears to put a hole shot on Ted, but that's because he got jumpy (can you blame him?) and "just barely" red-lighted!

The gentleman whose head is seen early in the video is our friend Tom Shaw. The 'Wrapper's pilot, of course, is Ted Harbit.

The car won its first race here September 11, 1998 and won its last race, this one, eleven years later: September 12, 2008. A 55-second closing chapter of a fine legacy for Studebaker fans everywhere, courtesy of Richard "R1" Poe. Thanks, Richard.

Enjoy, all! :DBP

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_aoyow4GjM

62champ
09-25-2008, 10:14 AM
BP,

Hard to believe it has been ten years since the Wrapper showed up at Mid-Michigan to show some of the less knowledgeable that the Big-3 are not the only ones who built cars that were quick.

Since my father drag raced a 51 Starlight back in the late sixties/early seventies, I always made it a point of taking the Turning Wheels around so he could read about the races when they appeared - and he always enjoyed it.

I wonder if the National Museum would consider putting up a permenant display with a Christmas tree, some "rubberized" black top and some cardboard cut outs of Krem and Harbit - they could have some video steaming showing what it looked like going down the strip.

Someone who is good with video editing could probably put together a video detailing the Wrapper's ten years of fame.

Thanks

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Chris Pile
09-25-2008, 10:14 AM
Great stuff! (sure looked wet out there)

Chris Pile
Midway Chapter SDC
The Studebaker Special

BobPalma
09-25-2008, 10:40 AM
quote:Originally posted by 62champ

BP,

Hard to believe it has been ten years since the Wrapper showed up at Mid-Michigan to show some of the less knowledgeable that the Big-3 are not the only ones who built cars that were quick.

Since my father drag raced a 51 Starlight back in the late sixties/early seventies, I always made it a point of taking the Turning Wheels around so he could read about the races when they appeared - and he always enjoyed it.

I wonder if the National Museum would consider putting up a permenant display with a Christmas tree, some "rubberized" black top and some cardboard cut outs of Krem and Harbit - they could have some video steaming showing what it looked like going down the strip.

Someone who is good with video editing could probably put together a video detailing the Wrapper's ten years of fame.

Thanks




:) Thanks, Champ. Did your father know Ted Harbit "way back then" in the late 60s/early 70s? There were only a handful of guys around the country running the lower stock classes with '51-'52 Commanders, so I'll bet they at least knew of each other. BP

BobPalma
09-25-2008, 10:42 AM
quote:Originally posted by Chris Pile

Great stuff! (sure looked wet out there)

Chris Pile
Midway Chapter SDC
The Studebaker Special


:)[:0] You're right, Chris: The track was plenty dry and safe after working on it for hours off and on all day, but they sure couldn't spend any time drying off everything else! :DBP

62champ
09-25-2008, 10:54 AM
quote:

:) Thanks, Champ. Did your father know Ted Harbit "way back then" in the late 60s/early 70s? There were only a handful of guys around the country running the lower stock classes with '51-'52 Commanders, so I'll bet they at least knew of each other. BP


All the racing was done at small tracks in the Central Texas area. While he never met Ted, he knew who he was by reading the class leaders from around the country.

They had the same kind of results - even beating a Dodge with the 440/six pack with that little 232...

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studeclunker
09-25-2008, 11:18 AM
I guess that the P.B.W. proved that power doesn't have to come in a big package. In fact, it kinda sorta proved that size and weight, as in a large block and car, are really a dis-advantage. Also, who's behind the wheel is extremely important.;) Whadaya think they might call the next one? Discount store special, perhaps (LOL)[?]:D

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BobPalma
09-25-2008, 11:43 AM
quote:Originally posted by ddub

Last run or most recent run? Is the PBW being retired?

Don Wilson


:) Yes, Don; it is. See the discussion about halfway through the other, current, Pure Stock Drags thread. :DBP

StudeRich
09-25-2008, 12:01 PM
I guess we caught you sleeping Don! :D

You need to read this: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22545


quote:Originally posted by ddub

Last run or most recent run? Is the PBW being retired?
Don Wilson

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Steve T
09-25-2008, 08:35 PM
What a classy sendoff...I carry the "historicity gene", this sort of thing always gets me!;) From the comment midway down the thread, it sounds like the Wrapper is going to be spending some time at SNM; is that the case?

S.

BobPalma
09-25-2008, 08:43 PM
quote:Originally posted by Steve T

What a classy sendoff...I carry the "historicity gene", this sort of thing always gets me!;) From the comment midway down the thread, it sounds like the Wrapper is going to be spending some time at SNM; is that the case? S.


:) Actually, Steve; it already has spent about a year on display at The Studebaker National Museum, but in the old Freeman-Spicer-based museum building maybe 8 years ago. While there are no current plans to place it in the new Studebaker National Museum, there's no reason it couldn't spend some time there in the future. :DBP

Steve T
09-25-2008, 09:14 PM
Hi Bob--

Cool...that's before my time in SDC (albeit I was aware of the existence of the old Freeman-Spicer Building edition of SNM). I like the concept mooted in the other post about the drags display though, cutouts, video projection and all; an excellent idea for a display. Have never yet been to SNM in any of its locations; hope to visit soon. (Wish we could cajole our own city fathers into setting up some sort of Stude-centric display in the old, and still solid as a rock, factory building here...)

S.

PlainBrownR2
09-25-2008, 09:16 PM
quote:
I guess that the P.B.W. proved that power doesn't have to come in a big package. In fact, it kinda sorta proved that size and weight, as in a large block and car, are really a dis-advantage. Also, who's behind the wheel is extremely important. Whadaya think they might call the next one? Discount store special, perhaps (LOL)


Actually you're not far off the mark Ron. When I hung out with the import guys there were some considerations to take into account prior to going drag racing:
Get all of the useless stuff that's not related to the engine out of the car. A few went so far not only to pull panels, but put in panels of carbon fiber to get the weight down. The power from the engine can disappear into getting all that mass down the track in an effective manner.
Get as much power out of the powerplant, which involved the usual; bigger injectors, piggyback computer systems, better computers, pistons, cam, head, exhaust, timing components, high flow cat, and improvements to the induction system such as improved turbo unit, improved scroll wheel, etc(if it had one)
Improve suspension, tires, wheels, etc.....

Add in a driver that knows the capabilities of the car and suddenly the playing field is levelled against the guy in the other lane with the big block. In the verrry general sense it became a race of the large fire breathing monster against the guy who's using technology and the efficiencies of the engine.


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58PackardWagon
09-26-2008, 06:02 PM
Videos like that encourage me to get our car done quicker. Thank you

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Roscomacaw
09-27-2008, 12:29 PM
End of an era. I like 62 Champ's idea.

Bob, does George ever just take the Wrapper out for a liesurely cruise on occasion, or does it mostly do garage time?[:I]

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BobPalma
09-27-2008, 02:22 PM
quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

End of an era. I like 62 Champ's idea.

Bob, does George ever just take the Wrapper out for a liesurely cruise on occasion, or does it mostly do garage time?[:I]

Miscreant Studebaker nut in California's central valley.



:) Bob: I like '62 Champ's idea as well.

Ironically, George doesn't take The Plain Brown Wrapper out for any leisurely cruises, etc, because he actually hasn't been in possession of the car for at least 8 years!!![:0]

For all practical purposes, the car lives at Ted Harbit's. Yes, I realize that is a NSSC (National Studebaker Security Risk), having The Plain Brown Wrapper, The Stude Tomato, and The Chicken Hawk all hunkered down in the same secure post-and-beam buildings on wind-swept crop land 40 miles northeast of Indianapolis, but that's how it has turned out.

George has never lived very close to The Mid-Michigan Motorplex: He and Ludene lived in either central Iowa or the Denver/Estes Park CO area(s) all the time we campaigned the car. When his Mother (my Aunt Louise) was living, we stored it for the first couple years at her home in suburban Chicago. But when she passed away and that property was sold about 8 years ago, it just made sense for it to stay at Ted's all year, ready for practice at The Muncie Dragway and maintenance between campaign appearances.

So that's where it's been for about 7 or 8 years now.

George and Ludene now live in Denver suburb Berthoud CO. George is actively looking for a dry, CO-area 1964 Daytona Wagonaire in Astra White to complete my white '64 Daytona foursome. If he finds one, I'll put The Plain Brown Wrapper on my trailer and take it out to him and pick up the Wagonaire. Or, if not, perhaps The PBW will spend another year or two on display at The Studebaker National Museum.

Right now, though, it's "displayed" in the private Harbit Muscle Car Eater Museum and will likely get periodic exercise while there. :DBP

Bill Pressler
09-27-2008, 04:04 PM
Bob, I only made it to the Pure Stock drags one time, and was by myself. I went just a few days after 9/11/01 and was very impressed by the whole event. Great cars, nice folks, big Studebaker cheering section, great oldies music, and that American Spirit that everyone seemed to have for a while after 9/11--I remember flags hanging off of most bridges along the Ohio Turnpike en route, and everyone had signs with the U.S. flag and "Don't Tread on Me" written underneath it, on the cars that were racing at Stanton. I also remember your '79 Caprice Estate wagon with "Find and Fry Bin Laden" written in the windows, and Kate Smith's "God Bless America" played on the loudspeaker system there in the morning. Memorable trip.

Bill Pressler
Kent, OH
'63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1

BobPalma
09-27-2008, 08:53 PM
quote:Originally posted by Bill Pressler

Bob, I only made it to the Pure Stock drags one time, and was by myself. I went just a few days after 9/11/01 and was very impressed by the whole event. Great cars, nice folks, big Studebaker cheering section, great oldies music, and that American Spirit that everyone seemed to have for a while after 9/11--I remember flags hanging off of most bridges along the Ohio Turnpike en route, and everyone had signs with the U.S. flag and "Don't Tread on Me" written underneath it, on the cars that were racing at Stanton. I also remember your '79 Caprice Estate wagon with "Find and Fry Bin Laden" written in the windows, and Kate Smith's "God Bless America" played on the loudspeaker system there in the morning. Memorable trip.

Bill Pressler


:) Yes, Bill; 2001 was a rough year for The Pure Stock Drags, happening just three days after the 9/11 attack. Bob Boden and Dan Jensen wisely said to "come on up; we're gonna' run!" when everyone called.

'Glad you remembered the lettering on the large LR window of the Caprice wagon. I put it there with shoe polish so folks passing us in the left lane would see it. Boy, did it get a ton of honks and thumbs-up along the interstate! And it was a big hit at the drags, too.

Speaking of those flags along the overpasses on the Ohio Turnpike: I was driving up I-69 to Ted's for this year's voyage to the drags on the morning of September 11. A large bridge carries East 96th Street over I-69 on the NE corner of Indianapolis as you leave the city, in a heavily-populated area. This year, as they have in the past, a group of veterans gathered on the bridge with a huge, patriotic display of American flags and such to commemorate the day, waving to passers-by going under that bridge on I-69. 'Left a lump in my throat as I tooted!

The old Caprice, at 168,000 miles, got sold in the fall of 2002 shortly after I bought my new Dakota Quad Cab to pull with. The frame and Reese hitch on the Caprice were so rusty as to be unsafe for towing. I had the frame and hitch fishplated at a welding shop the year before and they guy said, "You really aren't going to tow much longer with this thing, are you?" [:0] Yipes! :DBP

Bill Pressler
09-28-2008, 06:22 AM
Bob, on a slightly-side note...

Concerning your '79 Caprice wagon...I know that the frames didn't last as long as the cars they replaced, but I sure always did like the '77-'79 Caprices...especially with 350 and the 350 trans. Really elegant inside and out, reasonable size outside, roomy inside, quiet. I know the mechanical quality probably started declining around then, but for packaging, I think they were tops.

Bill Pressler
Kent, OH
'63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1