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    A subscription copy of the December 2006 [u]Amos Press </u>Musclecar Enthusiast magazine just arrived in this morning's mail. What thorough coverage it contains of The 2006 Pure Stock Musclecar Drag Race. WOW! Each individual shootout, all 68 of them [:0], is described with a photo, text, and time chart of the competing racers.

    This is probably the most thorough report of this event to ever appear in a national publication. Editor Steve Statham and Pure Stock Drags Co-promoter Dan Jensen are to be commended for undertaking such monumental and detailed coverage of every car entered, and every shootout race in which each car participated. []

    All five Studebakers at the event appear in photos of their shootouts. While most shootout photos are necessarily smallish, both John Raab's 1963 Lark Regal and Peter Sant's 1963 Avanti appear in "oversize" photos. [8D] All five Studebakers are given pleasant, complimentary write-ups. [^]

    Predictably, they saved their most lavish prose for Ted Harbit's shootout win, in The Stude Tomato, over the 1971, LS-6 454 Corvette. I can't help but quote Steve and Dan's introductory remarks about Ted's shootout. Here's their text -not mine, but I did add the smilies!- verbatim:

    [8D] "Prior to the Pure Stock Drags, few remembered that Studebaker built musclecars. Ted Harbit, owner of this supercharged, R2-powered '63 Super Lark, never forgot. Ted's been drag-racing Studebakers since 1955 and has won eight NHRA national championships in that time. This Lark is one of the first built with the Avanti supercharged engine. Ted, and the rest of the Studebaker team, has [sic] made believers out of us." [8D]

    Man, this is great coverage...but don't worry; it doesn't supersede a Studebaker-oriented report with more Studebaker-participant details in Turning Wheels. I just yesterday completed the 2006 Pure Stock Drags report for TW and will be mailing the final copy and photos to Ann Turner yet today. It is scheduled as a Feature Article for the February 2007 Turning Wheels, in most of your mailboxes by the end of January. Stay tuned. BP


    We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

    Ayn Rand:
    "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

    G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

  • #2
    He wasn't in the magazine, but Tom Covington was the "Street Strip Winner" at Richmond (VA) Dragway on two separate occasions with two of his Studebakers. Both are Studebaker powered.



    Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/

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    • #3
      He wasn't in the magazine, but Tom Covington was the "Street Strip Winner" at Richmond (VA) Dragway on two separate occasions with two of his Studebakers. Both are Studebaker powered.



      Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/

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      • #4
        I'll get my copy today![]

        One has to wonder if this will ultimately lead to an increase in R-series Studes showing up for these events. While I know of lots of intent spawned to duplicate tomatoes and wrappers, I've heard of maybe ONE that might ultimately end up at one of these events.
        Since these cars only have to accurately emulate the originals (not actually BE an original), it should be fairly easy to build one and build it with an EYE towards ending up on a track. Heck, we have the likes of Ted, John and others to share what tricks they already know - time should yield a few other secrets that lie, undiscovered, in the bowels of these musclesome, little two-doors!

        And when's someone gonna show up with a Golden Hawk??? Maybe it DOESN'T have that much potential given it's weight and carbureation, but we should at least show the world what WAS going on in the 50s. I STILL stand by my notion that the '56 Golden Hawk was the ORIGINAL Muscle Car. An oversized engine (heh- from a different MAKE of car, no less!) shoe-horned into a lighter car than it (the engine) was designed for.[}]

        Miscreant adrift in
        the BerStuda Triangle!!

        1957 Transtar 1/2ton
        1960 Larkvertible V8
        1958 Provincial wagon
        1953 Commander coupe

        [img][/img]
        No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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        • #5
          I'll get my copy today![]

          One has to wonder if this will ultimately lead to an increase in R-series Studes showing up for these events. While I know of lots of intent spawned to duplicate tomatoes and wrappers, I've heard of maybe ONE that might ultimately end up at one of these events.
          Since these cars only have to accurately emulate the originals (not actually BE an original), it should be fairly easy to build one and build it with an EYE towards ending up on a track. Heck, we have the likes of Ted, John and others to share what tricks they already know - time should yield a few other secrets that lie, undiscovered, in the bowels of these musclesome, little two-doors!

          And when's someone gonna show up with a Golden Hawk??? Maybe it DOESN'T have that much potential given it's weight and carbureation, but we should at least show the world what WAS going on in the 50s. I STILL stand by my notion that the '56 Golden Hawk was the ORIGINAL Muscle Car. An oversized engine (heh- from a different MAKE of car, no less!) shoe-horned into a lighter car than it (the engine) was designed for.[}]

          Miscreant adrift in
          the BerStuda Triangle!!

          1957 Transtar 1/2ton
          1960 Larkvertible V8
          1958 Provincial wagon
          1953 Commander coupe

          [img][/img]
          No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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          • #6
            quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

            I'll get my copy today![]

            One has to wonder if this will ultimately lead to an increase in R-series Studes showing up for these events.
            I would hope so...but I wouldn't count on it. I was surprised in Omaha to see so few hot Studebaker powered Studebakers show up at the drag strip on Friday. Don't get me wrong, there were some fast (and beautiful) ones there, but the vast majority of the R1 and R2 powered cars in attendance at the meet didn't race. I personally invited several owners of these cars to bring them to the track, but most wouldn't even consider it. I think that this would be about the same if you went to an all make muscle car concours too...I'm not knocking this, just a fact of life, I guess.

            Dick Steinkamp
            Bellingham, WA

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            • #7
              quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

              I'll get my copy today![]

              One has to wonder if this will ultimately lead to an increase in R-series Studes showing up for these events.
              I would hope so...but I wouldn't count on it. I was surprised in Omaha to see so few hot Studebaker powered Studebakers show up at the drag strip on Friday. Don't get me wrong, there were some fast (and beautiful) ones there, but the vast majority of the R1 and R2 powered cars in attendance at the meet didn't race. I personally invited several owners of these cars to bring them to the track, but most wouldn't even consider it. I think that this would be about the same if you went to an all make muscle car concours too...I'm not knocking this, just a fact of life, I guess.

              Dick Steinkamp
              Bellingham, WA

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              • #8
                [quote]Originally posted by lstude

                He wasn't in the magazine, but Tom Covington was the "Street Strip Winner" at Richmond (VA) Dragway on two separate occasions with two of his Studebakers. Both are Studebaker powered.

                Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader

                COOL BEANS, Tom. Congratulations. BP
                We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                Ayn Rand:
                "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

                G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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                • #9
                  [quote]Originally posted by lstude

                  He wasn't in the magazine, but Tom Covington was the "Street Strip Winner" at Richmond (VA) Dragway on two separate occasions with two of his Studebakers. Both are Studebaker powered.

                  Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader

                  COOL BEANS, Tom. Congratulations. BP
                  We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                  Ayn Rand:
                  "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

                  G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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                  • #10
                    Mr. Steinkamp opines: "I'm not knocking this, just a fact of life, I guess."

                    Yeah, I believe you're correct, Dick. For me, the day I get the Transtar all gussied up and then have to leave it strictly for Sunday Cruizin', it'll be for sale.[V]

                    Miscreant adrift in
                    the BerStuda Triangle!!

                    1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                    1960 Larkvertible V8
                    1958 Provincial wagon
                    1953 Commander coupe

                    [img][/img]
                    No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Mr. Steinkamp opines: "I'm not knocking this, just a fact of life, I guess."

                      Yeah, I believe you're correct, Dick. For me, the day I get the Transtar all gussied up and then have to leave it strictly for Sunday Cruizin', it'll be for sale.[V]

                      Miscreant adrift in
                      the BerStuda Triangle!!

                      1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                      1960 Larkvertible V8
                      1958 Provincial wagon
                      1953 Commander coupe

                      [img][/img]
                      No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        quote:Originally posted by hotwheels63r2

                        Wait and see.

                        MIKE
                        R1 Lark
                        R2 Hawk
                        R1 Wagon clone
                        You tell 'em Mike!

                        Oh ye of little faith, (and of course, for whatever reason, ye of little or no attendance at the Racing Studebakers forums......), will/would be surprised! There's a more than a few high performance Studebakers in the works. Hopefully together enough for the first Studebaker Nationals in 2007......

                        Sonny
                        http://RacingStudebakers.com
                        Sonny
                        http://RacingStudebakers.com

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                        • #13
                          quote:Originally posted by hotwheels63r2

                          Wait and see.

                          MIKE
                          R1 Lark
                          R2 Hawk
                          R1 Wagon clone
                          You tell 'em Mike!

                          Oh ye of little faith, (and of course, for whatever reason, ye of little or no attendance at the Racing Studebakers forums......), will/would be surprised! There's a more than a few high performance Studebakers in the works. Hopefully together enough for the first Studebaker Nationals in 2007......

                          Sonny
                          http://RacingStudebakers.com
                          Sonny
                          http://RacingStudebakers.com

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                          • #14
                            This is what leaves me scratching my head at the people who will insist on pulling out the Stude motor and replacing it with ersatz.[)] Go figure (certainly not go power). Sometimes it just makes you want to shout DUH![)] at the dummies who want to power their studes with Shove-it-or-leave-it, Fast-On-RaceDay (Found-On-Road-Dead nextday), or even Drudge motors.

                            And to those who cite reliability and performance; the Studebaker motors put out in the last four years of production will perform just as reliably as anything else out on the market today. The money just needs to be spent on putting your motor back to original specs (and there's plenty of room to improve. Ask Ted!).

                            Didn't the '57 and '58 Hawks have the supercharger? Or was that just the Packardbakers?


                            Lotsa Larks!
                            K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
                            Ron Smith
                            Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
                            K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
                            Ron Smith
                            Where the heck is Fawn Lodge, CA?

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                            • #15
                              This is what leaves me scratching my head at the people who will insist on pulling out the Stude motor and replacing it with ersatz.[)] Go figure (certainly not go power). Sometimes it just makes you want to shout DUH![)] at the dummies who want to power their studes with Shove-it-or-leave-it, Fast-On-RaceDay (Found-On-Road-Dead nextday), or even Drudge motors.

                              And to those who cite reliability and performance; the Studebaker motors put out in the last four years of production will perform just as reliably as anything else out on the market today. The money just needs to be spent on putting your motor back to original specs (and there's plenty of room to improve. Ask Ted!).

                              Didn't the '57 and '58 Hawks have the supercharger? Or was that just the Packardbakers?


                              Lotsa Larks!
                              K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
                              Ron Smith
                              Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
                              K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
                              Ron Smith
                              Where the heck is Fawn Lodge, CA?

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