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showbizkid
10-26-2008, 01:29 AM
http://tinyurl.com/6cw6wl

Seller says this '53C was once raced at Santa Ana by Baker Automotive in Paramount:

http://i9.ebayimg.com/02/i/001/16/d1/0a49_12.JPG

Anyone remember this car from back in the day?


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

StudeRich
10-26-2008, 02:57 AM
I do not, but it looks Sad! it looks like it has become a PLANTER now, without a frame. :(

StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

bridgegaurd
10-26-2008, 04:18 AM
quote:Originally posted by showbizkid

http://tinyurl.com/6cw6wl

Seller says this '53C was once raced at Santa Ana by Baker Automotive in Paramount:

http://i9.ebayimg.com/02/i/001/16/d1/0a49_12.JPG

Anyone remember this car from back in the day?


[img=left]http://members.cox.net/clarknovak/lark.gif[/img=left]

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

Anybody live close by, it would be interesting to see some original pics and some history. Hoods are probably from fiber fab. 15 years ago at Santa Anna, no way. Orange County Raceway maybe. If i remember right Santa Anna Closed in 1959. You can still get a one piece front for this bad boy. Would make a great Bonnie clone.

Baker Automotive
7931 Pearle St
Paramount, CA 90723 Map

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Warren Webb
10-26-2008, 05:31 AM
OCIR closed in 1983. The only time I was able to go was the last night they were open, & what a night that was! My 2 kids were 13 & 9 then. The 13 yr old gave me guff all that night, until Shirley Muldowney came to the line with her pink dragster. I never saw anyone change so much in the blink of an eye, she became a gearhead & remains one to this day. I had missed the closing of Lion's Drag Strip in Long Beach by 2 months since it had closed before I moved to California, so I wasnt going to let that happen again! It was a great night, a fitting so long to a brief part of Southern California history.

60 Lark convertible
61 Champ
62 Daytona convertible
63 G.T. R-2,4 speed
63 Avanti (2)
66 Daytona Sport Sedan

Alan
10-26-2008, 11:06 AM
Baker Automotive is still in business today. They built a number of 500 CI cad engine Studes, one for the Country Butcher(Bob)who had a store on Paramont Blvd. he had a 1913 Ford Helms bread truck on display in the store. They are right across from Cal Areo Supply in Paramount. I can see in the photos Baker Auto on the pass. side door. I probably have some pics. of the car in action. Will post if I can find.

Chris Pile
10-26-2008, 01:56 PM
I noticed the driver was Larry Hale, so I Googled that and came up with some pix of a Larry Hale driving a white over dark green Lark. Apparently Larry is the "reigning champ" in PRO class at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix. Same guy?

http://www.firebirdonline.com/Street%20Machine/07_St.%20Machine/D.JPG

Chris Pile
Midway Chapter SDC
The Studebaker Special

bridgegaurd
10-26-2008, 02:55 PM
quote:Originally posted by Chris Pile

I noticed the driver was Larry Hale, so I Googled that and came up with some pix of a Larry Hale driving a white over dark green Lark. Apparently Larry is the "reigning champ" in PRO class at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix. Same guy?

http://www.firebirdonline.com/Street%20Machine/07_St.%20Machine/D.JPG

Chris Pile
Midway Chapter SDC
The Studebaker Special


Now that bad boy is my kind of Studebaker, seems Larry has a penchant for racing studes. Larry are you out there give us a history story and some pictures.