PDA

View Full Version : open car show



chinaadoptions
09-13-2009, 07:52 AM
Took my Studebaker 4x4 to a all makes car show. Amazing how the Chevy, Ford crowd dislikes anything other than belly button vehicles. Snubbed at the show, lots of attention in the grocery store parking lot on the way home. I have just decided to go to the shows and enjoy the cars, food, people etc and not expect much more. I even got beat out by some sad looking belly button rat rods. Love the Studebaker shows. There, I have vented.

silverhawk
09-13-2009, 08:12 AM
Ouch, I know what you mean though. BTW, you got a picture of your 4X4?

Dylan Wills

'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon

chinaadoptions
09-13-2009, 08:25 AM
Dylan

It is the red 4x4 that was at the Wenatchee show. Not smart enough to post a picture. Might try it though. Irv

Skinnys Garage
09-13-2009, 09:05 AM
Hope you don't mind me posting it for you. I'm sure you'll get a better response here Irv!;)[8D]

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/0fb6b88b.jpg

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/my59Lark.jpg
Skinny
Watertown, SD

Flashback
09-13-2009, 09:15 AM
If this truck was snubbed, then the crowd wasn't very smart.
I have gotten the same thing, over the years. I drove a M-5
for 12 years, and have a long list of "remarks" I could share.
You have the right attitude. BEAUTIFUL TRUCK. By the way, what
is a "belly button" vehicle ?

Tex E. Grier
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn320/Flashback53/DSC_0045-3.jpg

8E45E
09-13-2009, 09:17 AM
quote:Originally posted by chinaadoptions

Took my Studebaker 4x4 to a all makes car show. Amazing how the Chevy, Ford crowd dislikes anything other than belly button vehicles. Snubbed at the show, lots of attention in the grocery store parking lot on the way home. I have just decided to go to the shows and enjoy the cars, food, people etc and not expect much more. I even got beat out by some sad looking belly button rat rods. Love the Studebaker shows. There, I have vented.


That's odd; real odd! Around here, many are getting tired of the same old bow-ties and belly-button cars, and the unusual have been gaining attention for the past few years now. For example, a couple I know with a restored 1952 Autocar big rig happened to stop in at a small town show and shine not long ago. There was a Peoples' Choice contest, and they won with that Autocar truck, possibly much to the dismay of the mainstream musclecar and hotrod crowd. I say don't stop taking it out just because of this one incident.

Craig

dean pearson
09-13-2009, 11:16 AM
That's a very cool truck, Would love to have one just like it and would choose that over the same year model of any other make.
Especially with the four wheel drive. You might consider a custom liscence plate.
Something like FAAQ2 for all the naysayers.
Dean.

mbstude
09-13-2009, 03:30 PM
The very few "open" car shows I've been to, if you don't have a Ford or Chevy, you might as well not even show up. I'll stick with Stude meets, thanks. :)

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA

Chris Pile
09-13-2009, 08:50 PM
quote:Around here, many are getting tired of the same old bow-ties and belly-button cars, and the unusual have been gaining attention for the past few years now.

That's been the experience at most Midway Chapter displays here in Kansas. People say they are "glad to see something besides Fords & Chevys". When I had my '49 Champion on the road and now in the Wagonaire, I get nothing but "thumbs up" and positive interest from the general public.

Chris Pile
Editor: The Studebaker Special
http://midwaystudebakers.tripod.com/

Mark57
09-13-2009, 08:58 PM
quote:Originally posted by chinaadoptions

Took my Studebaker 4x4 to a all makes car show. Amazing how the Chevy, Ford crowd dislikes anything other than belly button vehicles. Snubbed at the show, lots of attention in the grocery store parking lot on the way home. I have just decided to go to the shows and enjoy the cars, food, people etc and not expect much more. I even got beat out by some sad looking belly button rat rods. Love the Studebaker shows. There, I have vented.


Sorry to hear that Irv - you know "WE" appreciate your Transtar![^]:)

Up here I went to a couple of open shows this summer and I received a very positive response from about 95% of folks - mostly because the Transtar is something different (by design[:p]). I am also constantly amazed by the number of folks - [who are old enough and interested enough that they should know better] - that are unaware that Studebaker made trucks.

<h5>Mark
'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island Chapter
http://visdc.shawwebspace.ca/ </h5>

http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x153/MarkH57/IMG_0472a.jpg

Pat Dilling
09-13-2009, 09:04 PM
We have seen Studes getting some recognition lately. I went to an open cruise night in Auburn CA last Friday and was very pleasantly surprised with the "Best Modified" award out of over 300 cars. There was only one other Studebaker there. If we want Studebaker recognition we need to show up, show off our Studes and take time to talk with people about our cars. I get get a lot of enjoyment from that, that's the cake. If a Studebaker is recognized with an award, that's the frosting!

Irv, that's a good looking truck, your time will come.

Pat

Pat Dilling
Olivehurst, CA
Custom '53 Starlight aka Stu Cool
http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n194/stucool53/StuCoolsmallerSigpic.jpg
LS1 Engine Swap Journal: http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/journal.php?action=view&journalid=33611

50Champ
09-13-2009, 09:19 PM
My Stude always draws a crowd at car shows although I have never won any type of award, which always seem to go to members of the club sponsoring the show and their friends. It's not a big deal to me as long as the average "Joe Six Pack" stops by and has a few positive comments....:)

http://pic20.picturetrail.com:80/VOL1188/4526177/20234971/329233113.jpg

1950 Champion 2 Dr. Sedan

studegary
09-14-2009, 02:58 PM
quote:Originally posted by Flashback

If this truck was snubbed, then the crowd wasn't very smart.
I have gotten the same thing, over the years. I drove a M-5
for 12 years, and have a long list of "remarks" I could share.
You have the right attitude. BEAUTIFUL TRUCK. By the way, what
is a "belly button" vehicle ?

Tex E. Grier


By "bellybutton", they are referring to something that is common or everyone has one. This appllies to the Chevrolets and Fords that make up 90% of many shows and the vast number of modified vehicles that are powered by a Chevrolet (small block in particular).

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

JRoberts
09-14-2009, 07:48 PM
Our chapter attends two or three multi-car shows every year and our Studebakers always attract a lot of attention and do very well. Never best overall or anything, but many times trophies of one sort or another come home in a Studebaker.

Joe Roberts
'61 R1 Champ
'65 Cruiser
Editor of "The Down Easterner"
Eastern North Carolina Chapter

Chucks Stude
09-15-2009, 07:12 AM
At the Niftee-Fifties Car show in Houston, they embrace anything that is not the usual Chevy, or Ford. Have been well recieved at that show, by attendees, and employees.

warrlaw1
09-15-2009, 08:25 AM
The Fall Barrie Automotive Flea market just wrapped up and a 55 Deluxe C- coupe grabbed lots of attention. The owner was a Stude newbie and couldn't believe all the attention he was getting. It was a 41,000 mile Commander auto with one repaint in white over red. It was starting to rust in the usual areas (needing a total resto) and he had $15,000 on the "for sale" sign. I sold him a trim part he was missing and gave him my March copy of TW (with a lemon lime Speedster on the back cover). Now he thinks he just might keep it! If he joins the club, he'll soon find out what his car is worth (lol). I was glad to meet him, especially as we have just dropped the engine and tranny back into my 55 K. It's coming.....

52-fan
09-15-2009, 10:34 AM
I think your truck is a beautiful piece of machinery, but I am afraid that the 4x4 fans want to see huge tires, brush guards and the like. Many car folks don't give a second glance at a stockish truck so there you are. Of course, meeting only one or two people that you hit it off with and enjoyed talking to would have changed your outlook.

http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s186/52-fan/StudebakersofArkansas2-1.jpg
1952 Champion Starlight w/overdrive. Searcy, Arkansas
"I may be lazy, but I'm not shiftless."

Anne F. Goodman
09-15-2009, 02:31 PM
Boy I just love to show up at those kinds of car shows. I talk Stude to anyone who will listen. So they vote for each other I have a blast being different. I even bring the robotic Bird you mention Ford or Chevy around him and he says Don't you wish your Ford was a Studebaker. It really ticks them off but hey they should be able to take it. Since they dish it out. Ok off my soap box.

Mabel 1949 Champion
Hawk 1957 Silverhawk
Gus 1958 Transtar
The Prez 1955 President State
Blu 1957 Golden Hawk
Daisy 1954 Commander Regal Coupe
Fresno,Ca
http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o269/nw3anne/Mabel.jpg?t=1165475035http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o269/nw3anne/xmasannecopy.jpghttp://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o269/nw3anne/GusMater.jpghttp://s122.photobucket.com/albums/o269/nw3anne/th_DSCN17232008-01-01.jpghttp://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o269/nw3anne/54%20Commander%20Regal%20Coupe/3539580552_f5500eb0d8-1-1.jpg

jallen
09-15-2009, 02:46 PM
I didn't see the location of the show, but if it was Spokane WA
I will post the pictures I took 9/12/09. If that truck was yours
it's beautiful. I would take that truck to shows for you, and put
up with people who think it was built by AMC. Looking at the
engine from under the truck it looked like Studebsker V8 power?
Sorry I didn't get a chance to meet the owner, maybe next time.
And keep showing the truck, just consider it your education
mission. And people need schoolin'.

Andy R.
09-15-2009, 02:56 PM
That truck is such a rare and BADA$$ rig, I wouldn't care what anyone said about it.
As with so many other things, some people are afraid of things they don't know.

It becomes very apparent which people make choices based on intrinsic worth and which ones base their choices and comments on impressing others.

Your story reminds me of a show in my hometown, where a couple TRI-5ers with NASCAR shirts insulted the owner of a Willys, who was demonstrating an interesting feature - a sliding trunk floor that enables one to reach the spare without having to unpack the trunk. Their response: "Leave it to a f***ed up company like Willys to come up with something that stupid."

Such negativity (about anything) should be seen for what it is - a desperate attempt at superiority where merit is lacking. I try to keep that in mind when I'm unimpressed by seas of brand X's at shows.

My favorite moments are when the spouse/significant others of these "know-it-alls" express preference for our elegant cars. When people look past the badges, our Studebakers, Hudsons, and other independent innovators truly shine.[^]

Since we are all ambassadors of the Studebaker marque and the SDC, we just look that much more inclusive and courteous by comparison.

Andy
62 GT

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3160/3069855932_de3d120955_t.jpg

JBOYLE
09-15-2009, 03:18 PM
I went to our local antique auto club (not AACA) show this weekend and had a great time.
It was for STOCK ONLY (okay, there were some minor driver mods) so my Barris Bearcat wasn't welcome and since my Avanti isn't finished I went "stag".

Had a great time. Whether by accident (they scared off the typical show cars?) of by design (they were picky about who they let in...my guess the former) finally there was a show that went byond the usual 50-70s "suspects" seen at most shows.
There were more pre-war Packards than Camaros and 57 Chevys Combined!
What a breath of fresh air.
Studes included a 53 hardtop, 56 Hawk, 53-56 four door (sorry I just saw it as it was leaving) and two 63 Avantis...one from a local chapter member (not quite stock but close enough) while the other wasn't from a member (which wasn't bad but had an out of place Grant GT wooden steering wheel) and a sign that said only 118 63 Avantis had AC (?).
So, a good showing of Studes...plus there was a EMF.

My only complaint was the Studes of all ages were parked in the mixed year "Orphan" area instaed of being displayed with their period peers.
But that wasn't too bad since there was a 36 Cord sedan, a similar Graham Hollywood, a 29 Lasalle covertible, and a huge beautiful Appperson Jackrabbit, among others, nearby.

Didn't hear any negative comments aboutthe Studes...and it was nice going to a show without having to suffer from burnouts by street rods and rat rodders.

63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State

62champ
09-15-2009, 06:05 PM
quote:Originally posted by Chris Pile


quote:Around here, many are getting tired of the same old bow-ties and belly-button cars, and the unusual have been gaining attention for the past few years now.

That's been the experience at most Midway Chapter displays here in Kansas. People say they are "glad to see something besides Fords & Chevys". When I had my '49 Champion on the road and now in the Wagonaire, I get nothing but "thumbs up" and positive interest from the general public.

Chris Pile
Editor: The Studebaker Special
http://midwaystudebakers.tripod.com/


I often just skip over the tri-5s and Mustangs/Camaros because they all seen to be the about the same.

I will, however, go out of my way to comment to owners of those above vehicles when they have left the 6 cylinder motors in them. A show in May had about 25 Mustangs and only one had the original straight six in it. When I commented to the couple who owned it how nice it was, they said most people did not know Ford put a six in the Mustang (I think 1/3 of the Mustangs sold the first couple of years were sixes).

I drive my Studebaker to open shows to let people know that not everyone drove something from the big three fifty years ago...

Not in it for the trophies - if I want an inordinate amount of attention I will throw the ball for the dog...

And if anyone pointed their nose in the air at your truck, they probably need the broom stick adjusted that is shoved...steady now...

<div align="left">1960 Lark 60S-W4</div id="left"> <div align="right">1962 7E7-122</div id="right">
[img=left]http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/62champ/car/8b0ac4c6.jpg[/img=left]
[img=right]http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/62champ/car/DSC02237.jpg[/img=right]

Invalid User Name
09-15-2009, 06:19 PM
I quit going to car shows all together. I got so sick of idiots telling me about Studebaker's history - they are never right - and how some distant uncle or cousin owned a Studebaker and it wasn't a very good car. I have my AACA 2nd Jr. trophy and threw all the rest in the trash. From now on I'll only take my Champion to a show if they pay me. If I sound bitter, I am.

Doug

1950 Champion 9G F1

silverhawk
09-15-2009, 06:30 PM
Thats a bummer Doug, I'm sorry to hear that happened to you. I can understand hard feeling some of us get from reactions of others, and being shuned because know one knows much about them. But, I think we should keep showing them, because then we could teach others about them, and hopefully get more people into the club, and the drivers seat of a stude. Just my thoughts...

Dylan Wills

'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon

chinaadoptions
09-15-2009, 08:55 PM
JALLEN. Yes it was in Spokane.

jallen
09-16-2009, 01:24 AM
_0370.jpg_0369.jpg

acolds
09-16-2009, 11:25 PM
[http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb128/acolds61/DSC03646.jpg][/img]
Went to car show with my brother sunday his 56 president won best in show may not have been the best car there but it was the only Studebaker and the judges noted that it is a nice orignal car always draws a lot of attention
http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb128/acolds61/CarShowNorwinhighschool029.jpg