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    Hello everyone,

    I took Grace, our '54 Commander Starliner, to Hershey yesterday. Met up with Leonard Shepherd and Don Jones, both of whom took photos of her.

    Last night at the awards banquet, we were awarded our AACA National 1st Senior, and I was as nervous as I was last year awaiting the announcement of her 1st Junior.

    We may come in second in the Texaco Car of the Decades contest, but at least the AACA judges know a classy car (as opposed to a '53 Dirge pick-up rod) when they see one.

    Kindest regards,

    Alan Mende
    Hummelstown, PA

    I'm not a mechanic; I don't even play one on TV.
    Kindest regards,

    Alan Mende
    Grantville, PA

    I'm not a mechanic; I don't even play one on TV.

  • #2
    Cool deal, Alan! Congratulations!

    1957 Transtar 1/2ton
    1963 Cruiser
    1960 Larkvertible V8
    1958 Provincial wagon
    1953 Commander coupe
    1957 President two door

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


    • #3
      My brother called me yesterday and said "guess where I am? I'm at Hershey" Then he snickered and told me about the beautiful 54 Studebaker he was looking at. I take it that he was probably looking at Grace.. Congrats on the senior award.

      Jamie McLeod
      Hope Mills, NC
      Jamie McLeod
      Hope Mills, NC

      1963 Lark "Ugly Betty"
      1958 Commander "Christine"
      1964 Wagonaire "Louise"
      1955 Commander Sedan
      1964 Champ
      1960 Lark


      • #4

        Dylan Wills

        '61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon
        Dylan Wills
        Everett, Wa.

        1961 Lark 4 door wagon
        1961 Lark 4 door wagon #2 (Wife's car!)
        1955 VW Beetle (Went to the dark side)
        1914 Ford Model T


        • #5
          Well deserved. Congradulations

          Tex E. Grier


          • #6
            Congratulations Alan, well deserved. [^][8D]

            '57 Transtar Deluxe
            Vancouver Island Chapter

            Mark Hayden
            '66 Commander
            Zone Coordinator
            Pacific Can-Am Zone


            • #7
              Pictures of most all Studebakers found on the Hershey Show field will be posted tomorrow. There were many nice cars there including Alan's. Some people worry alot but whebn the car is as nice as GRACE is AACA"s Senior Award is a shoe in. Congrats to you Alan and as I said yesteray on the field it was a "No Brainer" to the judges.
              sigpicSee you in the future as I write about our past


              • #8

                I've Been an admirer of your car since I first some bridge photo's.


                140 weeks till completion.
                61 Lark



                • #9
                  An accomplishmednt to be proud of...congratulations.

                  Best so far 15.065 @ 91.84 MPH Island Dragway Great Meadows NJ Summer 2009.


                  • #10

                    It's a win/win when a deserving Studebaker receives an award like this.

                    It's a great looking car and deserves the award.[]

                    Well done,




                    • #11
                      Congratulations, Alan.

                      P.S. I think I'm in love with Grace.[:I]


                      "I'm allergic to small block Chevys."