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  • Potomac Chapter Fun Day 4/21

    This past Saturday eight Potomac Chapter members met in Maryland to begin a Fun Day Run. Seven Studebakers and a Brand "F" left Frederick headed for Inwood, WV to visit a new state-of-the-art restoration facility, Vintage Motocars. Temperature was 75 degrees and the sky was cloudless. Seveal more members met us at the restoration shop including Chester Bradfield in his wife's 34 (?) Land Cruiser rod. Here are some of the cars in the lot.

    Cars in the shop ranged from a '20s Hudson to a '71 Cutlass. The original owner of this '66 Sunbeam Alpine 260 (sold new in Germany, they didn't call them Tigers there) has spent $100,000 on the restoration of this car so far.




    This barge took up the most space.

    They use rotisseries on most of their jobs. They custom build carts and framing to fit each car (like this Cutlass body just out of the paint booth).


    Probably the most interesting car in the place was a rusty Facel-Vega.

    I don't know the year, but this one had a 361 DeSoto engine with a Torqueflite and a Dana 44 rear. While it was handmade, it was pretty crude underneath. See this interesting frame approach.

    After tearing ourselves away from the shop we motored back to Shepherdstown, WV so the ladies could shop the town. Shepherdstown is the oldest town in WV, the home of Shepherd University and the birthplace of steam powered boats (James Rumsey demonstrated a steam-powered boat on the Potomac River more than 20 years before Robert Fulton).
    On leaving Shepherdstwon we went to a country club near Martinsburg and capped the day with a fine dinner. Thanks to Larry and Pat Merhaut for planning and executing the event.


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    '53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
    '64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
    '64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
    Museum R-4 engine
    Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
    '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Avanti R-1, Museum R-4 engine, '72 Gravely Model 430 with Onan engine

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    Thanks for posting this photos. Paul. I think I read somewhere that SP contemplated using the Facel-Vega as a Packard.

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

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    • #3
      Thanks for posting this photos. Paul. I think I read somewhere that SP contemplated using the Facel-Vega as a Packard.

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

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