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Dick Steinkamp
10-10-2008, 07:22 PM
What a great forum this is [^]!

I expressed the need for an axle for the ute in another thread...

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22985

... I immediately get offers of help from several forum members. That offered by John Gregory (jngregory) looked like the "easiest" for all.

John just happened to be traveling south from his home in Vancouver, BC, to take two of his race cars to a buddy in North West Washington for further transport to Mexico. You see, John runs the La Carrera Panamericana every year...

http://www.panamrace.com/pics/2005logo.jpg

http://www.panamrace.com/

...and needed to get the cars there.

I meet John and his wife Chris at a rest stop just north of Bellingham this morning...

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/pics006-1.jpg

Chris is towing the "new" '53 4 door sedan that John has just completed for their oldest boys to drive in the race and John is DRIVING (!!) the '53 Starlight race car.

Both cars run in "stock" classes. That means Studebaker V8 power, Studebaker suspensions, but a whole lot more in terms of safety, stopping ability, go ability, etc. I'll let John tell the story of these cars, but they are truly full on race cars [:p]

Here's the cockpit of the sedan...

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/pics009.jpg

Here's the Starlight...

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/pics013.jpg

Here's John and Chris heading back on I5 south...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiz8OZrZId8

Great Studebaker folks for sure :D [8D]

Wish them luck as they carry TWO Studebaker flags for a FLAT OUT 2,000 mile race this month!!













Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Stude-a-mino%20old%20pics/oldpics6asmall.jpg

barnlark
10-10-2008, 07:26 PM
Cool! Where's the shot of the diff?:D TT?

StudeRich
10-10-2008, 07:51 PM
Glad you got to meet John, Dick. I have sold him many engine parts for the race engines including a modified stock Stude. 2 Brl. intake to fit his Edelbrock Performer 4 brl.
You have to be a very dedicated auto enthusiast to take two 55 yr. old race cars all the way from British Columbia, Canada to Mexico to then drive them 2000 miles at racing speeds!

He had a spare engine last year. I am not sure if he is taking it again, or if it ended up in the "New" 4 Dr. Sedan.

I wish John, Chris and his two sons lots of luck in this year's race. :) They are really helping to get the Studebaker image out there in front of a lot of people, some of whom have never seen one! [^]

StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

Karl
10-10-2008, 08:22 PM
Cool ,Dick. Glad it all worked out for you.:)

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/twnchgr/Picture2061-1.jpg

bams50
10-10-2008, 08:46 PM
Great story- solved a problem, and make more friends- AND saw their cars!! I doubt that would have happened without this Forum[^]

BTW- I was surprised you could get away with writing cockpit without part of the word turning into pound signs! Any other forum I've been to sensors it! I've gotten into the habit of putting a space between the first two letters to get around that;)

Now I wonder if you can say "wankel" here too?:D

EDIT: You can!!!

Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

"Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

"Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"

Guido
10-10-2008, 09:00 PM
quote:Originally posted by bams50
BTW- I was surprised you could get away with writing cockpit without part of the word turning into pound signs! Any other forum I've been to sensors it! I've gotten into the habit of putting a space between the first two letters to get around that;) I have never had a problem talking about my Cockshutt tractors either. :D

http://thumb14.webshots.net/t/63/663/9/36/86/2567936860097493054TXiheL_th.jpgGuido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful" and real Studebaker horsepower lives

See pictures here: http://community.webshots.com/user/GuidoSalvage

Hiding and preserving Studebakers in Richmond, Goochland & Louisa, Va.

bams50
10-10-2008, 09:18 PM
Geez, that's right, Gary... don't know how I didn't make that observation... DUH!![:I]

Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

"Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

"Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"

StudeDave57
10-11-2008, 12:18 AM
The race has yet to start, but allow me to be the first to say~

SEDANS RULE!!!

StudeDave '57 [8D]
San Diego, Ca. (for now...)
San Diego County SDC
www.studebakersandiego.com

'54 Commander Regal 4dr 'Ruby'
'57 Parkview 'Betsy' (she's a 2dr wagon...)
'57 Commander DeLuxe 2dr 'Baby'
'57 Champion Custom 2dr 'Jewel'
'58 Packard sedan 'Cleo'
'65 Cruiser 'Sweet Pea'

Part owner of the one and only
'55 PROTOTYPE panel van

showbizkid
10-11-2008, 12:43 AM
The sound of that Stude V8 at the beginning of the video sure is sweet!


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Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
http://studeblogger.blogspot.com
www.studebakersandiego.com

BobPalma
10-11-2008, 05:45 AM
:) Really cool beans! Great story. The Mexican Road Racers add a new dimension to "eat my dust," as Chevy Chase would say in a Vacation movie. :DBP

DEEPNHOCK
10-11-2008, 07:27 AM
Good point.
But once it goes up on this forum, it will take something special to get it in print in TW.
I agree, it is a superb story.
Jeff[8D]



quote:Originally posted by hotwheels63r2

Another great Studebaker story. SDC should sponsor things like this and maybe get noticed a bit more.
Good luck Davis family.