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  • raprice
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    I think Bob's letter to Hemming's Classic Car was spot on. What he said was the only way this hobby of ours can continue to grow and prosper.
    Nice job Bob.
    Rog

    '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop

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  • BobPalma
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    quote:Originally posted by barnlark

    Bob P.,
    It's my birthday this weekend and both of them are taking me out to dinner. I guarantee it will be in my Lark. Another great memory in a Studebaker, I hope.
    And a Happy Birthday at ya,' Dave! BP

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  • barnlark
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    Jeff, you lost me! I'll have to ask my daughter about that one.

    Bob P.,
    It appears our daughters are the exact same age, born in '82. Mine was born in Pasadena, Cal when I was working out there after college for a few years. She learned to distinguish most 50's cars as they passed on the road and learned to drive a four speed on back roads around here in Ohio. She out car talked her guy friends in college about most things and knows what to do in most four wheel emergencies. My youngest is getting the early driving lessons as her oldest sister had, but in my Tahoe. She's too nervous to try the Lark yet. I actually am sure I can hit the brakes and grab the wheel easier in the convert, but she knows after helping with me that most things on a 59-60 are getting harder to replace and what it would mean to end up in a ditch or worse.
    It's my birthday this weekend and both of them are taking me out to dinner. I guarantee it will be in my Lark. Another great memory in a Studebaker, I hope.

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  • DEEPNHOCK
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    I was in a trendy place the other night, schmoozing customers...
    (I want to thank my sponsors..btw..)
    One very cute gal asked me if I actually knew what my carbon footprint was.
    She was really surprised when I said, in reply "Why, yes, I do know what my carbon footprint is"...
    She queried "Please, tell me!" In a sultry kind of way.....
    I replied, "My carbon footprint is a ten ton solid block of black coal hovering over my head about to crush me if I change directions too fast"...
    She gave me "The Look"...
    My friends laughed and said I messed up what could have been an interesting evening.
    I told them my evening was already interesting, especially with that block of black coal following me around everywhere[:0]..
    (It used to be black helicopters)....
    Jeff[8D]


    http://community.webshots.com/user/deepnhock

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  • BobPalma
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    quote:Originally posted by barnlark

    My oldest daughter is close to that day and if you think I won't pose her in front of a Studebaker, you would be WRONG!
    Hopefully, Dave, your daughter will be as predisposed to using a Studebaker as was my Kate.

    Cute story: Kate asked me if we could use one of our collector cars in the wedding, thinking maybe I'd want to use the 1956 Packard Clipper Super hardtop. But I knew Denny Lockmon now owned the 1964 Daytona convertible Cari and I used in our wedding, so I dug out that photo of Cari and I on our wedding day and asked Kate if she'd like me to get that very same car to use in her wedding. She thought that was just the coolest thing ever, and Denny was most helpful in letting me acquire and use the car.

    And it finally settled a friendly, long-standing "argument" between my two kids.

    Our first child, "Javelin Joe," was born in June 1980. It was a beautiful day when he was to come home, so I brought he and Cari home in my 17,000-mile 1973 Mustang convertible. I still have the car (bought it in January 1976) and it still has fewer than 18,000 actual miles on it.

    Kate, though, was born in early March 1982. When it was time to bring her and Cari home, it was too miserable to use a collector car, so I brought them home in my 1979 El Camino I had bought new three years earlier. A couple years later, thanks to the rampant inflation in the 1978-1985 period, I had a chance to sell the El Camino as a five-year-old truck for $650 MORE than I had paid for it brand new!

    I jumped at the chance and bought a nice 1973 F-150 to have a truck, sold the El Camino, and paid off the house.

    Well, Joe never let Kate forget that, taunting her with jabs on the order of, "Dad sold the car you came home from the hospital in, but he kept the one I came home from the hospital in!"

    Then the opportunity came up to use the same Studebaker convertible for Kate's wedding that we had used for mine and Cari's. Joe had to tuck his tail between his legs and sheepishly admit, "Well, OK, Kate; Dad did it. Getting that same convertible back for your wedding equals his keeping the Mustang I came home from the hospital in."

    Joe and Kate have always gotten along unusually well, so it was fun to be able to remove Joe's one jab he could take at her every so often! BP

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  • barnlark
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    By the way, there were happier times after the child labor laws were violated.. Bob, I think that smile is what your letter was all about.

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  • barnlark
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    My oldest daughter is close to that day and if you think I won't pose her in front of a Studebaker, you would be WRONG!

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  • BobPalma
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    quote:Originally posted by barnlark
    Since this thread didn't start or end up Studebaker related per se, I will offer this in agreement to one of Bob's opinions..

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    [8D] Great photo, Dave! Be sure to read Jim Donnelly's editorial cited earlier..."girls included!" (Yes, my daughter Kate's first car was a 1985 Oldsmobile Firenza. When it came time to change the oil, she followed me out to the shop and said, "I want you to show me how to do this!" So, of course, I did...not that she wanted to do it again, you understand, but she could if she had to!)

    And to continue the Studebaker connection, that's Kate and her husband with Denny Lockmon's 1964 R1 Daytona convertible on the front cover of the April 2006 Turning Wheels, on their wedding day. BP

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  • Avantidon
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    And that's why you are one of my Studebaker HEROES BOB!!!!

    A great response and g;ad to know that like you many of us care.

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  • barnlark
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    I wish I had been able to express it as well as you, Bams50! We need to do our part for both causes. My original jokingly, analogous reference was to the now oscar winning movie and since he is now more of a crusader and doesn't currently hold a position in office I thought folks would get my point. I have the utmost respect for Bob Palma (he has always, ALWAYS answered my car questions without condescension no matter how trivial) and also, Richard Lentinello.. especially since he once wrote that he wanted to find a 59-60 Lark some day! Since this thread didn't start or end up Studebaker related per se, I will offer this in agreement to one of Bob's opinions..

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  • bams50
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    C'mon, Dick, with all respect I say, lighten up a little, buddy! Barnlark didn't appear to be starting a fight or anything like that, just connecting to the spirit of Bob's letter about how far from reality this environmental stuff and it's out-of-balance proponents are getting; and it's getting worse every day, to the point it's starting to do REAL damage to my business- for no real reason![}]

    Bob and Mr. Lentinello made the point that those like Ms. Lancey are attacking not just business and commerce, but even the hobbyists, without any thought towards common sense- the concept of unintended consequences. And Gore has become the poster child of this. I am a car guy through and through; I drive them, sell them, restore them, and love most all aspects of the automotive world; so who I am is beng attacked from all angles- including through senselessness like what Bob's referring to. As I've outlined to you before, I probably do more to protect the planet and preserve resources in my life than most people do. But just as the Earth deserves defending, so do our lives! And allowing the constant assault on common sense, at the cost of our well-being, has to be addressed!

    NO ONE wants a polluted planet- we ALL want to preserve the Earth; but in ways that stand up to logic, NOT through policies that make no sense. If we can't stand up for ourselves, no one else will.





    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

    "With your Lark you're on your own, free as a bird, alive as a Lark. You've suddenly discovered that happiness is a thing called Larking!"



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  • BobPalma
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    quote:Originally posted by S2DSteve

    OK, NOW I'll have to dig up the original editorial!


    Steve Hudson
    Well, we can't reprint that here, Steve! I do remember thinking and commenting to myself, "Boy, this is so strong I can't believe they allowed it to go to press!" Richard was thoroughly P.O'd and left you wanting to make that old remark, "Now don't hold back, Richard; tell us how you [u]really </u> feel!" That was one reason I felt compelled to respond accordingly, supporting him.

    You might check to see if the February 2008 Hemmings Classic Car can be viewed on line and if so, we could let folks know.

    For those of you reading the June 2008 Hemmings Classic Car in which this letter appears, don't miss Jim Donnelly's editorial, "It's Fundamental," three pages later, on Page 33. Jim well speaks to the importance of involving sons (and daughters!) in the hobby as worthwhile alternatives to what kids normally do. If you can't read Jim's whole article (hey, it's only one page!), at least read the next-to-the-last paragraph...it's good! (Although I do support high school sports as valuable for character development.) BP

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  • S2DSteve
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    OK, NOW I'll have to dig up the original editorial!


    Steve Hudson
    The Dalles, Oregon
    1937 Dictator Flatback sedan (for sale)
    1949 "GMOBaker" 1-T Dually (workhorse)
    1953 Commander Convertible (show & go)
    1953 Champion Starliner (custom/rod project)
    1954 Champion Coupe (daily driver)
    1960 Hawk (future project?)

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  • barnlark
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    Political? whoa.. lighten up. I loved the article and it got right to the point concerning those whom are against our hobby for what is perceived as an environmental problem without considering any other effects. It was an attempted joke because he is the butt of jokes of that thinking nationally. Just a reference for perspective. I am sure folks will write into Hemmings from the other side and they will take some heat for it. I can hear them now. If you misunderstood that, I'm sorry, just a dry sense of humor. I know the rules and I didn't mention any politics. Opinions are just that, please. No offense meant at all and I've posted pictures of my children helping me with my stude as well.

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  • Dick Steinkamp
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    quote:Originally posted by barnlark
    Did Al Gore respond yet...
    Is it really fair to Bob Palma to risk getting this thread locked or deleted by turning it into a political rant?

    I have fond memories of building cars with my Dad and later with my son (actually I still play cars with my adult son). I'd love to hear more stories like Bob's. Please don't take the politics any further.




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