View Full Version : PIX...Hamilton Chapter 20th Anniversary Sept BBQ

Steve T
09-30-2008, 10:19 PM
Last Sunday, which turned out unexpectedly sunny (just like the day of the economy run), Hamilton Chapter past prez and first lady Paul and Lorraine Cronkwright hosted the September chapter meet/BBQ at their place in Smithville, southeast of Hamilton. This year special emphasis was given to the chapter's 20th anniversary, including a showing of the locally-produced Cogeco Cable segment on the history of Studebaker. 23 Studebakers were present under their own power, with three more in Paul's garage/barn for a total of 26 on-site. A really nice turnout for what will be the last "big" chapter event before Christmas time. Here's a sampling of the attending Studes...

Our host Paul's 63 Wagonaire "slider"...

Avantis 20 years apart--an 83 on the left, a 63 on the right. There were no fewer than three gold 63 Avantis at the event.

Currently residing at Paul's is this really nice 58 Commander 4dr, previously owned and driven by a longterm SDC member who sadly passed away this past spring.

And here's a classy 56 President 4dr, whose owner has the knack for posing a car for pix...one front corner straight into the sun, wheels cocked to show the full disc. This is the Prez I'd had such trouble catching earlier in the year. Took tons of shots of it this time!

65 Commander 4dr and 64 Daytona droptop. The former is owned by the son of a Stude employee; the latter by Studebaker Canada's last advertising VP. Very cool to have not just the cars, but a living link as well to our favourite car company's history.

This chapter event went international, with two Studes and owners visiting from New York. Here's one of those cars, an absolutely gorgeous 57 Silver Hawk...

...here's the Hawk's engine room, which speaks for itself.

Paul's current project is an Avanti. Once that is completed, here's what's next. Keen am I to see this 53 come back to life...

One of the Hamilton chapter's founders had a hand in getting me interested in Studes many moons ago; I'm delighted to be in the same chapter now and at the wheel of a Hamilton Stude in time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this terrific bunch of enthusiasts. Hope the pix are enjoyable...Cheers all


Chris Pile
09-30-2008, 10:37 PM

Chris Pile
Midway Chapter SDC
The Studebaker Special

10-01-2008, 06:57 AM
Very enjoyable, Steve, thanks! Love that '58!

10-01-2008, 07:00 AM

Thanks for posting the photos, especially the '56 President. Do you have any rear three-quarter and interior views you can add?

And the '58, it comes at a perfect time since it is dark red/maroon with great reflections. I am in the process of an oil painting of a custom-bodied '30 Packard 734 Speedster that is in the same color, seeing how the sky and environment reflects is very helpful.


Steve T
10-01-2008, 09:36 PM
56H-Y6 Steve--

I get you exactly re the way light and reflection treat colours; one of my other hobbies besides perambulating round Ontario in a '62 Lark is doing paintings of airplanes. Same thing of course happens there: a red airplane is orange, pink, purple, plum, mauve, brown, pretty much any colour except red, depending on lighting...

Re the 56 Prez, didn't get a rear view of it at the BBQ, but did get an almost-3/4-rear view at the Peggy Sue's cruise a week earlier...

Did get a shot of the dash at the BBQ though...that compass-like speedometer is neat.


Steve T

10-01-2008, 10:03 PM
Shot this one at Lancaster, if it helps:



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Steve T
10-01-2008, 10:09 PM

Saw another shot of that black/red Prez at the BBQ (three of the Hamilton guys had been at the International and one brought a photo album to the BBQ); my immediate reaction was "hey, cool, somebody Photoshopped the white trim to red!" There can't be terribly many of those Presidents left. Really neat cars.


10-03-2008, 08:07 AM
Hi Steve T & Kurt

Steve T: Thanks for the nice rear 3/4 view and dash/interior photos, it looks like just the condition in a '56-'57 President Classic that I hope to buy in the future, very presentable driver. I notice it has all vinyl interior which was an extra cost option. The black is usually Bark Jacquard cloth in Charcoal Black. There is a fine one for sale in the current TW in Northern New Jersey....I'm thinking....I'm thinking.......!

Good to know that other Studebaker folks like to take up the brush as well. Every color reacts differently as light conditions change and whatever reflections occur from the environment. Challenging but fun to do especially when they work out right.

Kurt: Thanks for the nice shots of the Midnight Black & Romany Red President, it is a wonderful, high- quality restoration that I see at Hershey each year. It is nice to see it with the hood closed, as it is always displayed there with the hood up.

The two-tones available for '56 look great on the President Classic, the Daybreak Blue with Snowcap White accents is extremely pretty. The color combination I'd love to find is Cambridge Grey Metallic with Daybreak Blue accents, a Spring color added in April '56.