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  • Couple of Studes at the 2008 Vista Rod Run

    Yesterday I attended the 2008 Vista Rod Run in Vista, California, about 5 miles from my home. In my opinion, one of the best-attended, worst-promoted shows in California Usually at least 300 cars (I took over 450 photos), and always at least one or two Studes.

    The first one I saw was this lovely black Champion, owned by a young lady in her early 20s! We talked for a while about her car and the SDC, and I told her about the local chapter meetings. She loves her car and told me her grandfather, who lives nearby, has three or four more Studes [^]




    The car itself was a nicely decked and shaved mild custom with a stock interior and the stock six. I love the way bulletnoses look without the front bumper!

    The second Stude at the show was this nice mild '55 two-door wagon. I didn't get to meet the owner, but the car was in great shape with an original interior. My personal jury's still out on painted grilles, but I like the color and the wheels.




    In fact, wagons were really in evidence this year, which they never have been before that I can remember. The rarest was a '58 Buick Caballero 4-door hardtop wagon, but there was also a nice '54 Ford Courier sedan delivery and a beautiful '54 Buick Super.

    There were some unusual things, too, like a gorgeous 1926 Packard Club Coupe, an awesome Twin-H Power '51 Hudson, and my personal favorite, this beautiful '54 Willys Aero coupe:



    If you want to see more, I've uploaded the pix to http://s132.photobucket.com/albums/q...un%20Part%201/
    and
    http://s132.photobucket.com/albums/q...un%20Part%202/ .


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

    Clark in San Diego | '63 Standard (F2) "Barney" | http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

  • #2
    Great post. I too like that Willys. The '55 wagon is very nice, but I too think a chromed grill would look better, but price wise may not have been the best choice. No matter, it is a great looking car.

    Thanks for posting this.

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

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    • #3
      That '55 belongs to an SDC SDC member Clark. His name escapes me right now, but he lives up near you somewhere. He had it at La Plama this year as well.
      I don't remember those GT headlight rings being there, though!!!!



      StudeDave '57 [8D]
      San Diego, Ca.
      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
      StudeDave '57
      US Navy (retired)

      3rd Generation Stude owner/driver
      SDC Member since 1985

      past President
      Whatcom County Chapter SDC
      San Diego Chapter SDC

      past Vice President
      San Diego Chapter SDC
      North Florida Chapter SDC

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      • #4
        Those bullet nosed Studes HAD to have been originally designed with no front bumper...they look SOOOO good that way. Nice angle on that top picture.



        Dick Steinkamp
        Bellingham, WA



        Dick Steinkamp
        Bellingham, WA

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        • #5
          The 58 Caballero is one of my dream cars! Any pictures of that in your folder?

          I'll be checking them out this weekend when I'm back to my broadband

          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

          "It was the last chance for Studebaker to turn things around. The company was down to its last bullet, and this new small car was it. They called it the Lark"



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          • #6
            quote:Originally posted by bams50

            The 58 Caballero is one of my dream cars! Any pictures of that in your folder?
            Yeah, a half-dozen or so. First folder, near the beginning.


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

            Clark in San Diego | '63 Standard (F2) "Barney" | http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

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            • #7
              Clark,
              The resolution on your pictures is first rate. Especially since the pictures have gone from the camera to Photobucket to this website. You must have lost some pixels along the way. What kind of equipment did you use to take the pix?
              Rog

              '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
              Smithtown,NY
              '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
              Smithtown,NY
              Recording Secretary, Long Island Studebaker Club

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              • #8
                quote:Originally posted by Dick Steinkamp

                Those bullet nosed Studes HAD to have been originally designed with no front bumper...they look SOOOO good that way. Nice angle on that top picture.



                Dick Steinkamp
                Bellingham, WA



                Yes, Dick, you are correct. Bob Bourke just wanted a pair of small nerf type bumpers on the front, but like a lot of design compromises, he had to have a conventional horizontal bumper bar.

                Gary L.
                Wappinger, NY

                SDC member since 1968
                Studebaker enthusiast much longer
                Gary L.
                Wappinger, NY

                SDC member since 1968
                Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                • #9
                  quote:Originally posted by raprice

                  Clark, The resolution on your pictures is first rate. Especially since the pictures have gone from the camera to Photobucket to this website. You must have lost some pixels along the way. What kind of equipment did you use to take the pix?
                  Thanks for the compliment, Rog [:I] I use a Nikon D70 that's about 5 years old, with a Nikon ED 18-70 zoom lens, about the equivalent of a 25-120 on a film camera. I love the way the rig shoots, and have even used it for some professional jobs.


                  [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

                  Clark in San Diego | '63 Standard (F2) "Barney" | http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

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