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  • 1st annual Route 66 Grand American Tour

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    Hey guys we are back. As some may remember my father and I race a 51 Champion we bought site unseen (except a pretty picture[:0]) off the internet and raced it in the Great Race Across America last Summer. We had a great time and made some great friends, some with Studebakers and some without. This Summer we are looking into driving Route 66 from start to end. I don't know all the paticulars at this time. I just thought I would throw this out and see it any of you would be intersted. It would be about 2 week in June.

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    Sounds like a lot of fun! Would you be going east to west, or west to east. We live in central Okla. so it really wouldn't make any difference. Keep us updated.

    OkieBob

    I LOVE MY STUDEBAKER

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      • #4
        My crystal ball is cloudy at this point but how about a tentative yes for at least a portion of the route, if not all of it.

        That assumes I find time to get the engine and trans sealed up to stop the leaks that have become plentiful after our trip last summer.

        Gerry

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        • #5
          It would depend on how far you're gonna follow Route 66, but if you got out west with it, I might well join in for a state or two! Sounds like fun.[]

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          1957 Transtar 1/2ton
          1960 Larkvertible V8
          1958 Provincial wagon
          1953 Commander coupe
          1957 President 2-dr
          1955 President State
          1951 Champion Biz cpe
          1963 Daytona project FS
          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
            I too would like to join for a few HUNDRED miles or so- schedule not withstanding, of course! If you write your Congressman/woman now maybe we can work something out. I work for the Navy, BTW! I know much of the route out of 'San Berdo' over Cajon Pass and into the desert east of Barstow, CA due to one of my other hobbies- TRAINS! The former AT&SF tracks roughly parallel the Mother Road for quite alot of miles. I can't tell you how many times my '65 Cruiser (Sweet Pea) has taken me out that way. Look me up as the time gets closer... she knows the way!!! [8D]

            StudeDave

            '54 Commander 4dr
            '57 Parkview (it's a 2dr wagon...)
            '57 Commander 2dr
            '57 Champion 2dr
            '65 Cruiser
            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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            • #7
              Call me in three or so years . I'm actually got a route planned so that I can go from Detroit to Chicago (US-12), Chicago to Santa Monica (US-66), Santa Monica to San Francisco (US-101), San Francisco to Chillicothe, OH, (US-50), and Chillicothe to Ann Arbor (back to US-12 via US-23). I'm going to try to do this with as few interstate highways as possible except where they are one and the same. I'm planning at this point to try and get a month off from work.

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              Tom - Sterling Heights, MI

              Ancient Chinese Proverb: "Injection is nice, but I'd rather be blown!"

              1964 Studebaker Daytona - Laguna Blue, Original 4-Spd. Car, Power Steering, Disc Brakes, Bucket Seats, Tinted Glass, Climatizer Ventilation System, AM Radio (136,989 Miles)
              Tom - Bradenton, FL

              1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $2514.10)
              1964 Studebaker Commander - 170 1V, 3-Speed w/OD

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              • #8
                I could be interested to run some of the route. I see many miles of 66 in OK. are still present.

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                • #9
                  I was proud to join up with the group of east coast Stude drivers (from the Potomac Chapter, SDC) as they drove 66 (actualy, the continent![:0]) from one end to the other a couple years ago. Fact is, if you haven't read that account, you can do so here: http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/Route66.asp
                  I only trekked with them a short ways but having had such a great time snaking along in a line of vintage South Bend iron, I'd opt to do a bit more if this trek comes off.
                  I've said it before and I'll say it time and time again. Meets are inspiring - but watching other Studebakers IN MOTION, as they cruise along on a sunny day[] - THAT'S truly a "moving experience"! (pun intended[V])
                  Watching bystanders along the way, as they look, do a double-take, and then let their jaws drop. Man, that's just about as good as it gets.[^]
                  BTW, the inspired group of Potomac Chapter drivers is planning a similar run along the old Lincoln Highway - or at least they WERE, last I heard.

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                  1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                  1960 Larkvertible V8
                  1958 Provincial wagon
                  1953 Commander coupe
                  1957 President 2-dr
                  1955 President State
                  1951 Champion Biz cpe
                  1963 Daytona project FS
                  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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                  • #10
                    quote:Originally posted by curt

                    I could be interested to run some of the route. I see many miles of 66 in OK. are still present.
                    I could make the run between Tulsa and OKC.

                    Dave's Place
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                      • #12
                        update on the tour. My father had a bout with lung cancer. After they removed his left lung he had a stroke. Right now he is starting the recovery. Looks like we will have to wait and hope for the best. Sorry to all those that had the trip on a burner ( either the front or rear). Thanks for all the prayers and your kind words. joe

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                        • #13
                          Dang Joe! Hate to hear that sorta news. Hope your dad makes a recovery right soon.

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                          1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                          1960 Larkvertible V8
                          1958 Provincial wagon
                          1953 Commander coupe
                          1957 President 2-dr
                          1955 President State
                          1951 Champion Biz cpe
                          1963 Daytona project FS
                          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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                          • #14
                            Your dad has my best wishes and prayers Joe!

                            Gerry

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